Well, I’ve made it to the always-treacherous Hebrews 6:4-8 in my morning series. I still struggle with this passage, which shouldn’t be a surprise given my belief in eternal security. My study through the passage this time has yielded some helpful insights, but questions remain.
One article I read proposed an interesting interpretation. It was “Hebrews 6:4-6 from an Oral Critical Perspective” by Casey W. Davis (JETS 51/4, December 2008, 753–67). Essentially he argued that the author of Hebrews was suggesting that he himself could no longer assist them in restoring repentance due to their immaturity. Of course, the argument is much more detailed and if you’re interested in reading it, I’ll be glad to send you a copy (assuming there’d be no issues with sharing an article).
At the end of the day, I think the author means for the warnings to be taken seriously, otherwise they seem rather gratuitous. All the references back to the wilderness wanderings can’t be ignored. Yet, at the same time, I read the teachings of Christ, Paul, et al, to show that God will keep his people from committing full-blown apostasy. So how do I reconcile?
Αυτω η δοξα,