Scripture to Read: Hebrews 6:4-6
Hebrews 6:4-6 sounds like someone has been saved and then loses their salvation. Hebrews 6:4 says they have been “enlightened” and that they “have tasted of the heavenly gift,” and that they have “shared (been made partakers) of the Holy Spirit.” To better understand Hebrews 6:4-6, we need to read the parable by our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 18:23-35. Note, in Matthew 18, that one slave owed his master what would be like millions of dollars today. Millions of dollars would be a crazy amount to owe anyone, but our Lord wants us to understand there is no way to pay this debt back, just like there is no way to pay for our own sin. The master of the slave had compassion and forgave the slave the debt owed to the master, which was an incredible gift to be given. The problem is that the slave never received the gift offered to him by his master. We know this because that slave went out and harshly treated a fellow slave who owed him a few thousand dollars. If the slave had indeed received the gift of forgiveness offered to him by his master, that slave would have forgiven everyone who owed him anything as well. The point, in Matthew 18, is that the slave had been “enlightened” and “had tasted of the heavenly gift” and fell away completely. There was no way for that slave to receive the gift of forgiveness because he fully rejected forgiveness when it was given to him.
Challenge & Application
How are you walking in the forgiveness that our Heavenly Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, has given you? Who will you share this good news with today, and also who will you forgive in the same way our Lord has forgiven you?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!