Question: What is meant by Hebrews 6:4-6? Does that mean that those who fall away can never be restored to repentance?
Answer: This portion of Scripture is attempted to be used by some to show that a born-again believer can lose his salvation. That is not what Hebrews 6:4-6 teaches. If it were true, then a person who lost his salvation could never be saved again, because Verse 4 says "it is impossible " for those who were saved to again be "renew them again unto repentance" (v.6).
Now...let us see the very simple lesson these verses do teach. First, this passage is speaking of the saved as they
..."have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made PARTAKERS OF THE HOLY GHOST " (4)
In Verse 6, "seeing they crucify" would be better translated, "While they are crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame."
How does a Christian do this? By living a life that is disgraceful to the Lord. Until a person changes his mind about the way he is living and decides to "walk (obey) in the light as he is in the light," there can be no fellowship. (1 John 1:7.) Hebrews 6 is speaking of fellowship, not sonship. Hebrews 6:1 makes this clear.
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ (our salvation), let us go on unto perfection..." (maturity).
After salvation, we are admonished to
"...grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..." (2 Peter 3:18).
In Hebrews 6:7 the Holy Spirit uses the Earth which absorbs the rain; and then produces the herbs, as an object lesson for the Christian. God wants the Christian to absorb His Word; and live a life that is pleasing to Him, and a blessing to others.
In Verse 8, the lesson is that the "thorns and briars" in a Christian’s life will be burned at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 can be referenced to Hebrews 6:7,8.
1 Corinthians 3
|"If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. "- 1 Corinthians 3:14||"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:"- Hebrews 6:7|
|"If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire."- 1 Corinthians 3:15||"But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." - Hebrews 6:8|
The bad works burn; but, the Christian is still saved. It is only the thorns and briers that are rejected and burned; not the Christian who is "Saved, yet so as by fire."