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Hebrews 6:4-8
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For it is impossible for those who were once
enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly
gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God,
and the powers of the world to come, If they
shall fall away, to renew them again unto
repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open
shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain
that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs
meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth
blessing from God: But that which beareth
thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned.  (KJV)

People are used to saying anything is possible, but there are certain things that are impossible.
It is impossible for some to come back to the gospel. It is impossible for God to lie. It is
impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin. It is impossible to please God
without faith. It is impossible for logical contradictions to take place. It is impossible for God to
do something wrong.

(Hebrews 6:18) That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set
before us:

(Hebrews 10:4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away

(Hebrews 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


If one has heard and been taught the gospel, if one knows what the forgiveness of sins and the
blessings and fellowship of God is by experience, if one has received that measure of the Spirit
which belongs to each and every Christian, if you know and understand the word of God, and if
one has known the hope of eternal life – this unquestionably speaks of one who has become a

John 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  (KJV)
(1 John 1:5-7) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth
us from all sin.  (KJV)

(Colossians 1:14-17) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness
of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him
were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created
by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  (KJV)
(1 John 5:13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the
Son of God.  (KJV)

If they fall away

This passage is a death knell to the idea of once saved always saved. One who is a Christian
can fall away. They can lose their salvation. If they refuse to hear the gospel, if they eschew the
forgiveness of sin and the blessings and fellowship of God, if they grieve the Holy Spirit, if they
refuse to hear the word of God, and no longer wish to hold on to the hope of eternal life, they
have lost their salvation. As examples, look at Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8) and Ananias &
Sapphira (Acts 5).

(Galatians 5:4) Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the
law; ye are fallen from grace.  (KJV)

(2 Timothy 4:14) Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him
according to his works:  (KJV)

(1 Timothy 1:18-20) This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the
prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have
made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto
Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.  (KJV)

Renew them

There are no new stories, or facts, that can be presented to those who have fallen away. If the
gospel will not reach their mind and their heart, it is impossible to renew their faith, rekindle their
hope, and refresh their soul. If one turns away from Christ, there is no hope – either in this
world, or in the world to come.

(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me.  (KJV)

Crucify the Son of God afresh

By their refusal to submit to the gospel, by their rejection of the word of God, by their
unwillingness to accept the mercy and grace that came through Jesus, it is if they are willing to
crucify Jesus all over again. As the Jews rejected Him and delivered Him unto the Romans to be
put to death, and the Romans crucified Him, not believing who He was, in order to pacify the
Jews, so those who walk away from the faith reject Him, no longer believing who He is, or in
what He has done.

For the earth

The whole earth receives rain, but there is a difference in what the result is. Good earth, receives
the rain and bears vegetation and beauty; other earth, receives the rain and brings forth thistles
and briars, or the water runs off because it will not soak in.

The blessings of God, especially in Jesus Christ, are available to all. However, not all will accept
them, not all will believe in Him, not all will obey Him.

(Matthew 5:43-48) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and
hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute
you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to
rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love
them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye
salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be
ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  (KJV)

End is to be burned

The briars and thistles, the worthless vegetation of the poor earth is gathered and burned. The
end of men who will not accept the gospel will be to be gathered and cast into the lake of fire
and brimstone.

(Matthew 13:36-42) Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his
disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He
answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  The field is
the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of
the wicked one;  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the
fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and
they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And
shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  (KJV)

Mt 12:31-32; Joh 4:10; 6:32; Ga 3:2,5; Eph 2:8; Heb 2:4; 10:26,32; 2Pe 2:20-21; 1Jo 5:16;
Heb 2:5; Heb 10:29; Ps 65:10; Isa 5:6