#893 December 1, 1991 A. M.
(Transcribed from actual tape)
A TASTE TEST
Every Sunday everybody needs a Bible, but particularly do you need one this Sunday.
If you'll open your Bibles with me to Hebrews Chapter Number 6. If you did not
bring your Bible, look in the pew and you'll find a Bible there. In your bulletin, you'll
see the page that you can turn to in your pew Bible; it will be necessary today for
everybody to have a Bible with you or one you can look on with someone there
who's seated in the pew beside you because today we're going to look at one of the
most difficult passages of scripture in all of the canon.
For over nineteen hundred years at every point in Christian history, there has been
debate by theologians and by the rank and file of believers as to what this scripture
teaches. Many use this scripture when they talk about the under pardonable sin.
Many use this scripture when they talk about blasphemy because it is within this
scripture we find the phrase, the reference to a sin that evidently we can commit
that it is impossible to find repentance. There's no turning around; therefore, I'm
going to read this passage in its entirety and then we'll look at it very, very carefully.
Hebrews Chapter Number 6, verses 4 through verse 8 in the New American
"For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have
tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy
Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the
age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them
again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of
God, and put Him to open shame. For the ground that drinks the rain
which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those
whose for sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it
yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed,
and it ends up being burned."
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