A friend of mine on Facebook put out the question: What is your interpretation of Hebrews 6:4?
Here is Hebrews 6:4-6
4 For it is impossible for those who were once aenlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have atasted the good word of God, and the powers of the bworld to come,
6 If they shall afall
away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they bcrucify
to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him
to an open cshame
There are multiple ways to interpret this scripture because there is a lot of ambiguity. What does “enlightened” mean? What does it mean to taste of the heavenly gift and be made a partaker of the Holy Ghost? What does it mean to taste the good word of God, or the powers of the world to come? What does it mean that those who fall away cannot be renewed? What does it mean to fall away? What does it mean to crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put him to an open shame?
Each of these parts of this relatively brief scripture could be interpreted in a number of ways, but which interpretation is true?
Let us begin by making an assumption, which you are free to disagree with if you choose, and it is that there is only one correct interpretation of this scripture. If you accept this as fact, then how can one know the true interpretation? I would put forth the argument that there are only two ways to know what the true interpretation is:
1. God tells you.
2. An authorized servant of God tells you, and the Holy Ghost confirms it to you.
The problem with #1 is this–it only works for you. That is, you can’t go around telling others what the scripture means, at least not with any authority. If everyone had authority to tell everyone else whatever “God told them” then we’d have chaos. In fact, we do have chaos. As the joke goes, ask three Methodists [insert any other Christian religion here] what a scripture means and you’ll get at least four opinions. In order for there to be a widely accepted interpretation of scripture, it must come from an authorized servant of God. Who are authorized servants of God? Prophets and apostles, such as Moses or Peter. If you accept this as being logical, then the only questions are which churches claim to have the same authority that was given to Moses and Peter, and how do you figure out which of them is true church, with authority to speak in the name of God?
But that last question is for another post, not this one. My question to you is can you logically deny anything I’ve stated here? Other than I described, how else could you know for sure what the words in Hebrews 6:4-6 mean?