Does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean we can lose our salvation?

Some quote Hebrews 6 in order to say that believers can fall away or walk away from their salvation. But as always, context is our friend. And we’ll see that Hebrews 6:4-8 is not talking to those who are saved.

We know this because right after Hebrews 6:4-8, the writer says, “But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.”

Hebrews 6:4-6 says that these people who fell away were once enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, partook of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the word of God—and that it’s impossible to renew them again to repentance because they “crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame” (6:6).

The writer then contrasts believers and unbelievers in verses 7-8 by saying there are two kinds of ground. A ground that drinks the rain, and a ground that does not. The first ground receives a blessing, the other ground is burned up. The whole point of this passage is that there are some who try out Jesus, but never believe in His sacrifice. These people have rejected Christ and His sacrifice.

There are many people who hear the gospel, participate in a church experience, experience the love and grace of God, but reject Jesus as the way to be saved.

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