There are passages in scripture that make us scratch our heads…This passage has been the center of all kinds of controversy. Some use this scripture to speak of losing their salvation. Others use it to support the idea that there are proper rules and traditions that belong to the faith. As I have studied this scripture, I am continually reminded that once you have been saved by God’s grace, it is not a change that one can alter by their choice or actions.
In old doctrinal speak–the phrase is “once saved always saved.” If you truly give your life to Christ, then in his words, nothing can take you from his hand. The writer of Hebrews is reminding us that if we are unable to earn salvation through our actions; how much more difficult would it be to treat the faith like an open house–come and go as you please. If you could lose your salvation by your actions, it would be impossible to regain it again–that would mean Christ’s initial sacrifice was not sufficient to save you from all your sin.
Simply put, God loves us and if we surrender our lives to him, we will be different. We will never be completely perfect–but, we will be a work in progress. If there is never a change, we need to reflect on the decision to follow him and determine if we chose truly to do so. It is not about the words, it is about life change. Paul said it best–“If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation! The old is gone and the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
God Bless You
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting,we will do so.
4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.