THE PEOPLE AND OFFENCE OF HEBREWS 6:4-6 Hebrews was written to encourage the believers to mature (Heb 5:12-14; 10:24) and to warn readers about the dangers of disowning Christ and thereby reverting back to their old ways (Heb 3:12-14; 6:8-9; 13:13). The warning passages seem to indicate Hebrews was written to professing Christians, but not all may be elect or have failed to mature (Heb 5:11-12). The readers were in danger of renouncing their faith and lapsing back into Judaism. Hebrews seems to be a book filled with questions and issues, and Hebrews 6:4-6 may be one of the most difficult passages to interpret in all of Hebrews and possibly in the entire Bible.
Two questions surround this passage: who are the people and what does “falling away” mean? These two questions will be examined as well as the various interpretations to determine which understanding best fits this passage in its context. It will be shown that Hebrews 6:4-6 is a warning to genuine Christians, who were in danger of lapsing back into Judaism, shaming and crucifying Christ again and thereby committing an unpardonable sin by rejecting the gospel.
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