Today, we’re going to get into something many Christians try to avoid.
Hebrews 6:4-6 reads “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.“
It seems that most denominational thought will state one of the following: “One can never fall from Glory. If they do, they never attained the position in the first place.” On the other side: “One can fall from Glory, but have the option to regain one’s position through re-commitment.“
Is there a church out there that is sticking firm to the concept in Hebrews? Furthermore, can this really happen? Has this ever happened? Has anyone ever interacted with a strong, fruit-bearing, committed Believer who all of a sudden through it all away and settled on total disbelief?
Perhaps, that’s the purpose of these words; to show how difficult it is to fall once God has placed His spirit inside of us.
All this considered, my mind wonders from Hebrews to Ephesians 1:11-12 where Paul writes: “In him we were also chosen,having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.“
Then in verses 13 and 14, we read “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.“
This train of thought stops next at A.W. Tozer’s devotional work titled “The Pursuit of God“. In chapter one, he writes: “We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” (Tozer, 1982, 11) What do we do with Eph. 1 and Tozer’s insight? How does Hebrews 6 fit into these concepts?
I am left again (perhaps, rightfully so) in wonder at the mystery of Salvation. Where does God’s will fit within man’s choice? As many times before, I will continue to search and ponder. Yet, I will rest in the knowledge that I have Christ. Whether by God’s doing or mine, I am pleased that it just is.
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.