MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
“For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding Him up to contempt.”
Hebrews 6:4-6 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO AWAKEN ME WITH THE GOSPEL
There was an old farmer that had a grandfather clock that went haywire and chimed fourteen times one midnight. He jumped up, turned on the lights and said, “Wake up, Nellie, it’s later than it’s ever been before.”
The author of Hebrews 6 was trying to turn on the light and wake up his audience because time was running out spiritually. The word “enlightened” used in Hebrews 6:4 simple means to illuminate or shed light on something.
John 1:9 teaches, “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” That true light was Jesus and He came to “give light” or enlighten everyone. Jesus came to give everyone an opportunity to accept the good news of His offer of grace and mercy as a result of His death and resurrection. God loves the whole world and desires the entire world to be saved. Unfortunately, everyone will not accept His light.
Hebrews 6:4-6 may be one of the most difficult passages to interpret in the New Testament. Really good theologians disagree. The disagreement revolves around the question of the possibility of Christians losing their salvation. Regardless of our interpretation of this passage, it is clear that God uses certain things to “enlighten” us and we have a choice to respond. It is also clear that those who respond positively are blessed and those who respond negatively miss out on God’s eternal best. This week we will look at a few of those tools of “enlightenment” and how we may respond to them.
Is God trying to wake you up? For some this may be God trying to wake you up to accept His offer of forgiveness and salvation. The Gospel shows us how to get safely home to God in heaven. For others this may be God trying to wake you up to growing in your faith. If you had to identify one area you think God is trying to wake you up in what would it be? Tell God that you recognize that area and desire to hear what He has to say to you about it.