DAILY WORD 6/26/20

4. For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened — those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,

5. who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come —

6. and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

Hebrews 6:4–6 NLT

I’ve been referring to the Book of Hebrews in these DAILY WORD commentaries as “Meat” and today’s passage begins to show why. This particular portion of Scripture is what some may consider harsh in its connotation but it is exactly this kind of “no holds barred” Doctrine that makes it “Meat” instead of “Milk”.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is not the kind of lesson you’d teach to a new Christian, lest they hear the Message and be frightened off by the matter-of-factness of it. It is intense and to be honest a little scary…if you have any intention of giving your life to the Lord, Receiving His Spirit, and then abandoning Him to go back to your old life.

Now, I can’t say if what the author writes here is true or not. I tend to take the Word of God at face value, so I’m not questioning its validity. But if this is indeed accurate and repentance is impossible if you have the Spirit and then completely turn your back on God, then this Walk we are on is a much more serious a Trek than it may at first appear.

Verse 6 indicates what happens when a saint of God “falls away” from the Faith and turns their back on God forever. It says they Crucify Him “afresh, and put Him to an open shame.” I can’t imagine a more terrible image.

Imagine turning your back on your Faith and Jesus being put right back up on the cross, naked, beaten, and in agony! His shame is new once more, His pain is renewed. His Sacrifice is brought to naught by your selfish actions.

I said this was harsh. This is why this is considered “Strong Meat” and not “Milk”. This is not the kind of lesson to deliver to a Christian who is still in his or her infancy. This is a lesson only mature saints can handle, and frankly, some of us may have an issue with this as well.

However, to ignore it and act like this is not the case is to do ourselves potentially Eternal harm. We can’t just take what we like from the Word and throw out what we aren’t comfortable with. That’s just not how it works. We either accept it all or reject it all because it is all Truth.

Today’s passage is an example of how the Word of God can be “Quick, and Powerful, and Sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb 4:12 KJV

You can’t hide from this kind of Message. God knows your intentions and He knows if you’re faking it with Him or if you’re genuine. It’s one thing to mess up and Repent, it’s another thing entirely to Find God and decide He’s not for you.

Nobody likes rejection, including God. There’s a reason Exedous 34:14 describes Him as a Jealous God! He’s not to be trifled with. Revelation 3:16 tells us He’d rather us be cold or hot and He hates the lukewarm. The Scripture tells us, He will “spew” the lukewarm out of His mouth.

You, as a mature Christian, have a very serious choice to make. You have to make up your mind one way or the other. Are you going to serve God or not? The choice is totally up to you but be careful what you decide because the stakes are high and the consequences are Eternal!

Have a Phenomenal Friday and Stay Safe out there!

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Chris Reid

A lifelong poet and lyricist, and aspiring novelist, who’s taken to heart the old adage, “Only what you do for Christ shall last.”