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For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift[a] and shared in the holy Spirit(A) and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,[b] and then have fallen away, to bring them to repentance again, since they are recrucifying the Son of God for themselves[c] and holding him up to contempt.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 6:4 Enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift: this may refer to baptism and the Eucharist, respectively, but more probably means the neophytes’ enlightenment by faith and their experience of salvation.
  2. 6:5 Tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come: the proclamation of the word of God was accompanied by signs of the Spirit’s power (1 Thes 1:5; 1 Cor 2:4).
  3. 6:6 They are recrucifying the Son of God for themselves: a colorful description of the malice of apostasy, which is portrayed as again crucifying and deriding the Son of God.

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