Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit,  tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age,  and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding him up to contempt.

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,  who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age  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.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

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

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.


This verse has some weight. This is strong language in the context of a warning about falling away from faith in Jesus Christ. It is my belief that in order to “fall away” a person must reject Jesus Christ as the necessary way to right relationship with God. More context confirms that these Christians have come from a Jewish background, and some of them are returning exclusively to a belief system founded upon religious practices, turning away from Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone of their faith in God. This kind of hardness of heart, shields them from recognizing that they have a need to repent, and that Jesus Christ is THE centerpiece and THE atonement for that restorative entrance into right relationship with God. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)