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A Warning to Never Turn Away

It is impossible to restore an apostate.[a] For once a person has come into God’s light, and tasted the gifts of the heavenly realm, and has received the Holy Spirit,[b] and feasted on the good Word of God, and has entered into the power of the age that is breaking in,[c] if he abandons his faith, there is no use even trying to lead him to repentance. By their sin of apostasy[d] they re-crucify the Son of God,[e] and have publicly repudiated him.[f]

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 6:4 That is, one who has abandoned their faith. Because of the extraordinary length of the Greek sentence, this summary statement implied in the text is given here at the beginning of the paragraph for the sake of English narrative. To say it is impossible does not mean that God cannot bring them to repentance, but that he chooses to leave them in their hardened state, much like Pharaoh who hardened his heart to God. The Aramaic is very clear, “they cannot be renewed to conversion.”
  2. Hebrews 6:4 Or “has been in [business] partnership with the Holy Spirit.”
  3. Hebrews 6:5 Or “the age that is about to come.”
  4. Hebrews 6:6 As translated from the Aramaic and implied in the Greek.
  5. Hebrews 6:6 Or “it is impossible to crucify the Son of God again for them to change their own minds!”
  6. Hebrews 6:6 Or “have made a public spectacle of him.” The Aramaic can be translated “insulted the Son of God.”

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