Can a Christian “lose” their salvation?

One of the most interesting and challenging sections of all scripture is found in Hebrews 6:4-6…

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

A proper interpretation of this section of scripture and in truth the entire epistle requires the understanding that it addresses three distinct groups of Hebrews: 1) believers; 2) unbelievers who were intellectually convinced of the gospel; and 3) unbelievers who were attracted to the gospel and the person of Jesus the Christ, but had not yet reached a decision about Him.

Failure to acknowledge these groups leads to interpretations inconsistent with the entirety of Scripture.

It is the second group that is being addressed in Hebrews 6:4-6. They were intellectually convinced yet spiritually uncommitted. They were enlightened in biblical truth, that was accompanied by intellectual perception… they had even been partakers of the Holy Spirit- probably referring to their participation in the miraculous ministry of Jesus and perhaps the apostles as they were empowered by the Holy Spirit.

But then had fallen awayit is the a Greek term equivalent to Apostasy. They knew the truth… perhaps even believed the truth… but had never actually trusted their eternities to that saving knowledge.

It is impossible to renew them again to repentance… those who sinned against Christ in such a way had no hope of restoration or forgiveness… because they had rejected Him with full knowledge and conscious understanding and experience. They could never have more knowledge than they had when they rejected Him.

There is no possibility of these verses referring to losing salvation.

The entirety of scripture make that unmistakably clear: John 10:27-29, Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 1:4-5

But perhaps the strongest scripture for that is found in Romans 8:35, 38-39…

35. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 38-39. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saints… Satan wants you to doubt your eternal security. He wants you to live in fear. Christ Jesus does not, He has made it clear: WHEN YOU ARE BORN AGAIN NOTHING CAN SEPERATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

 

Can a Christian “lose” their salvation?

One of the most interesting and challenging sections of all scripture is found in Hebrews 6:4-6…

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

A proper interpretation of this section of scripture and in truth the entire epistle requires the understanding that it addresses three distinct groups of Hebrews: 1) believers; 2) unbelievers who were intellectually convinced of the gospel; and 3) unbelievers who were attracted to the gospel and the person of Jesus the Christ, but had not yet reached a decision about Him.

Failure to acknowledge these groups leads to interpretations inconsistent with the entirety of Scripture.

It is the second group that is being addressed in Hebrews 6:4-6. They were intellectually convinced yet spiritually uncommitted. They were enlightened in biblical truth, that was accompanied by intellectual perception… they had even been partakers of the Holy Spirit- probably referring to their participation in the miraculous ministry of Jesus and perhaps the apostles as they were empowered by the Holy Spirit.

But then had fallen awayit is the a Greek term equivalent to Apostasy. They knew the truth… perhaps even believed the truth… but had never actually trusted their eternities to that saving knowledge.

It is impossible to renew them again to repentance… those who sinned against Christ in such a way had no hope of restoration or forgiveness… because they had rejected Him with full knowledge and conscious understanding and experience. They could never have more knowledge than they had when they rejected Him.

There is no possibility of these verses referring to losing salvation.

The entirety of scripture make that unmistakably clear: John 10:27-29, Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 1:4-5

But perhaps the strongest scripture for that is found in Romans 8:35, 38-39…

35. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 38-39. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saints… Satan wants you to doubt your eternal security. He wants you to live in fear. Christ Jesus does not, He has made it clear: WHEN YOU ARE BORN AGAIN NOTHING CAN SEPERATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

 

Gain the world, lose your soul…

In the United States, we are blessed with great material and physical wealth. No nation before has ever enjoyed the vast luxuries that this country has and currently enjoys. The average middle class American is very rich compared to much of the rest of the world.

The question for the Christian is this. Do you control your possessions, or do your possessions control you?

There’s an interesting story found in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s gospel account of a rich young ruler, who asks Jesus… what good thing must I do that I may attain eternal life? After some conversation, Jesus says: “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

The rich young ruler loved his riches so much that they kept him from accepting eternal life from the Son of God.

We pick up the story at Matthew 19: 23-26… And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Jesus uses an illustration of the impossibility of a camel going through the eye of a needle. Some theologians have taught that the needle’s eye referred to a gate in the wall of Jerusalem through which by means of much effort, much pulling and pushing a camel could finally get through the needle gate.

However, the Greek of Matthew 19:24 and Mark 10:25 speaks of a needle that is used with thread, and Dr. Luke used in Luke 18:25 a medical term for a needle that is used in surgical operations.

It is quite evident from studying the language  that the gate is not meant, but rather the tiny eye of a sewing needle.

It is therefore IMPOSSIBLE for anyone whose love for wealth keeps them from trusting Jesus the Christ as Savior, to be saved.

In answer to the disciples’ question, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus says, ” The things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.” The word “with” in the Greek means litterally “beside.”

If we take our stand in this world with the riches that it offers, we run “beside” or along with the world… and it is impossible to be saved.

However, if we take our stand “beside” God on the matter of provision and worldly needs… then the formerly impossilbe becomes possible through faith, trust and a life of discipleship through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

Who or what do you stand “beside?”