In Hebrews chapter 6, Paul reveals to the Jewish Believers the impact their sin has upon their fellowship with Christ and their eternal rewards.
1. You cannot have renewed fellowship with Jesus until you have truly repented of your sin. Every time we sin, we remind Jesus of the cross and open shame He endured for your forgiveness.
V4-6 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
2. God saved you for the purpose of bearing fruit.
V7 “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:”
3. If you remain in your sin, the fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ will reveal a loss of rewards.
V8 “But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”
4. God desires so much more for you, blessings that accompany your salvation.
V9 “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.”
5. God will keep His promise to you, even though you have forsaken Him. You will be rewarded for what you have done for Christ.
V10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
6. His ultimate desire for you is that you remain faithful throughout your life.
V11-12 “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
7. Your salvation is secure because God swore an oath on Himself to keep His promise. It could NOT be more secure.
V17-18 “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”
LESSON - The phrase “fall away” comes from the Greek word “parapipto” which means “to wander” or “trespass”. Your trespasses cannot negate the finished work of Christ because it was an oath made by God with Himself to cover all of your sin. Knowing this, you should not allow laziness or any other sin to keep you from perfect fellowship with Christ. Only through fellowship with Him will you be able to accomplish the task of bearing fruit which remains.