Hebrews 6:1-8 (Part 1 of 5): A Theological Vietnam

“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

And this we will do if God permits.

For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then fall away, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.” –Hebrews 6:1-8

Before we get too much further I need to address the fact that this passage has produced tons of controversy over its interpretation. As Russ would put it, it’s a theological Vietnam. And I would agree—I wrestled hard and long with some of the verses in this passage. The language used in this passage and often throughout Hebrews is unique and therefore can be difficult to interpret. However in light of the context surrounding our passage, the general themes of Hebrews, and basic truths of the gospel covered thoroughly in scripture I believe that there is only one message that makes clear sense in this passage. I want to take the next few days to explore the meaning of the passage and help clear up any fogginess surrounding it.

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