Once Enlightened

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— and then have fallen away—to be restored to repentance, because they themselves are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to open shame. Hebrews 6::4,5

I used to wonder about his verse, and I still know people on both sides of the discussion who will argue rather than debate it. Can you lose your salvation? It used to be bother me in the days when I thought I was doing something wrong or that prayers would be answered, but He was answering, the enemy was and is and always will be a liar. The only one He ever lost was Judas, and He was still calling Him friend, as He was betrayed with a kiss.

Peter denied knowing Him and Judas, was so driven by the devil that he passed judgement on himself, judge, jury and executioner. Could he have repented? Perhaps, and that is a verse that people use to say the Bible contradicts itself. Wrong! He did hang himself, and his insides would have been spilled if the limb broke and his body fell.

I wondered how he could have been in the presence of Jesus and even been breathed on and go to hell. The answer has to be that he did not receive, money was his god or greed, he pretended to be and could have been a disciple.

Let me assure you that God knows hearts, Jesus knew in advance. He knew people would stop following Him when they did not understand the teaching of Communion. People still stop following Him, and will even in the future. Their love waxes cold, if it was ever His love at all. They are hurt and deceived, but will a born again believer lose salvation?

The great falling away mentioned at the end times, this is very much what it could be, though I had thought of it as the Rapture of the church, and people just disappearing but that is more calling away, so it is a warning to remain in Him, Jesus asks us to.

Lose your salvation? I don’t believe so, knowing from personal experience, that I was really trying to be a Christian and yet, I never was as interested in ministry, but I was Jesus. I watched a lot of teaching programs, listened to gospel, and taught children, even Bible study. I never felt that I was anything more than an intercessor, where was my life? The truth is I was focusing on Jesus, others and leaving me behind, when He really had even better plans. So, no, just because you think you have failed Him, or even have fallen short, there is grace.

You have to be a willing sinner, not knowing Him intimately, if at all. Why would you crucify Him afresh? Who would do that? His grace is sufficient, Paul says, if it is not, then you are saying that His once and for all who believe sacrifice isn’t good enough for you. The Holy Spirit is your teacher and brings remembrance of His word, you can refuse them, He will not always strive with men, we are told in Genesis. If eternal life were not eternal would any of us be saved?

The entrance of His Word brings light, but we can refuse and walk away, God is always wooing us to Christ. But we have a free will. I heard a woman say that she would lose her salvation, because she felt no compassion for someone and their loss. She quickly changed her tune. I have had that happen to me, and I am saved, God cannot help some who refuse, His ways, not will not He would if  they called on in Jesus name.

You can feel compassion for people, even those you know are not believers, but I have also over prayed, when I should have left them to Him. We cannot be the problem solver He is. Now, about I verse, I have heard other teaching that it was a specific group of Jews, that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit was mentioned to.

I was accused of it for believing in speaking in tongues, that is not so. He gives wisdom and discernment, I believe you can fall out of His will. if not His grace, I have seen that abound, and people who should have been in prison or dead, are still here as He offers them every chance to change. How long will He? Only the Spirit can say when a person’s heart is too hard. So if you are worried about losing your salvation, don’t! But just don’t stay willfully in sin, are you living with someone? Abusing drugs or alcohol? A habitual liar? If you truly know Christ, you know what is right and wrong. Knowing to do good and not, is a sin, so is envy, jealousy and even fear and anger. The little foxes will destroy the field of your testimony.

Who can say with certainty the condition of the the heart? We can only go by the fruit or what they say. The Spirit came upon people in the Old Testament, and departed the temple as well as people like Samson and Saul. But the Spirit is in us as a believer, we can be both baptized as Jesus was, John’s baptism and then have the subsequent baptism of Jesus’ fire, He can literally and spiritually put the dove of the Spirit on your head. Study 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14.

In closing, this was a necessary post, even if it has little to do with food or thanksgiving. Here the word taste is comparable to Jesus tasting death for us. So the warning for Christians, is to mature, and not fall away or else you are declaring Him, anathema, meaning cursed, in effect crucifying Him over and over, with your words or in your heart, Galatians 3:13 declares Him cursed for being crucified, though He knew know sin He was made so to save us and we are never righteous, but He gave us His righteousness.

After a stern warning and the promise of His hope, let’s use our base verse to meditate on. oh, and Job uses the phrase ” skin of you teeth “, that is the way some get to heaven while others will be rewarded.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

Rebecca Jones   David Boca / Unsplash

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