Question of the Week: Does Hebrews 6:4-12 teach that Christians who fall back into sin have lost their salvation?
Verses: Hebrews 6:4-12, 1 John 1:8-10
The Book of Hebrews was written to three different kinds of people. Those who received the gospel, those who rejected it, and those who were holding off a decision about it until later. This context is key just like it would be in understanding any passage in scripture. How do we know who this passage is speaking to? Read the entire statement. Verse 9 of Hebrews 6 clarifies for us that this is not the case of those who have received the gift of eternal life, but had only tasted it. This lack of commitment while still resorting to good works on the side is shaming the cross and useless for salvation if it never results in a personal relationship with God. Likewise, If one sin after salvation results in its loss, salvation is useless to humanity since the Bible affirms that denying we sin even after receiving salvation is calling God a liar. If sin disqualifies you from salvation, no one is going to Heaven. That’s why our actions have nothing to do with it. It’s all because of God’s mercy and goodness that we have security in our relationship with Him.
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