Hebrews 6: 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
These are frightening words and a strong warning for the readers of this letter! They are reminiscent of what Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 3:28-29. This is more than just a drifting away from the faith or a stumbling into sin. If that’s what the writer to the Hebrews is describing, then Peter would not have been able to repent when he denied Jesus in the courtyard of the high priest.
A better example would be Judas. He tasted the goodness of God’s Word from the mouth of Jesus. He saw the miracles. Yet he chose to love money over Jesus. When he was in the upper room with the disciples and Jesus, Jesus even pointed out his intentions in a last ditch effort to bring him back from his unbelief. But he went out, and the Scriptures say that “Satan entered into him.” He had reached the point of no return.
These words and the examples of those like Judas call us to repentance every day. Don’t let any sin capture your heart! Don’t let any person or any thing become more important than Jesus! And pray that Jesus would keep you from falling into sin and unbelief!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I do believe in you. I would love to say I believe in you with all my heart, but I know that in me, that is in my sinful nature, there is a man of unbelief against whom I struggle daily. Feed my soul with your Word. Strengthen my faith every day. And when I stumble or falter, then restore me quickly! I ask this in your name. Amen.