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Wordwise Insight, Issue #145
September 14, 2016


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Does Hebrews chapter 6 indicate we can lose our salvation?

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Hebrews Meaning

QUESTION: Hebrews chapter 6 seems to suggest that we can lose our salvation, and then never be able to get it back again. What are your thoughts on this passage?

ANSWER: This is one of the more difficult passages in the book of Hebrews. There have been a number of interpretations of it offered over the years.

Interpretations Suggested 1) Some say these are born again Christians in danger of losing their salvation. But if we fully understand the radical nature of the work of salvation, the meaning of "eternal" life, and the doctrines of grace, and justification, this is impossible. Born again believers are eternally secure in Christ.

2) Some say the author is only describing a theoretical case, not a real one, in order to emphasize the finality of Christ's work. To my mind, this is a weaker argument, but possible.

3) Some say these are true believers who have backslidden to the degree they are disqualified from eternal rewards. Again, possible, but I don't think it's the correct view. This does not seem to be a passage about rewards.

4) Some say these are Jews who became followers of Christ, but who stopped short of true saving faith. This is fully in keeping with the context, and the time when the book was written. The timing is, I believe, the key to understanding the passage.

The Transition Period The unique period between Pentecost (in AD 30) and the destruction of the temple in AD 70, involved a forty-year transition from Judaism to Christianity, and between Law and Grace. Think of it, there were genuine believers in the Old Testament sense who had not yet become Christians. This possibility does not exist today, since Judaism is a dead system, it's day has passed.

Some of the people the author addresses were likely old enough to have witnessed the earthly ministry of Christ. And Hebrews 10:11 indicates that, at the time when...

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