Summary: Let us study Hebrews 6, what was Paul saying? What was Paul not saying? If a man falls he can be restored!

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HEBREWS 6 By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

Will someone answer this question?

I don’t quit understand Heb. 6: 4-6. I have read it in several versions, the message may seem a little clearer to me, but I think I am still unsure, because if we messed up we can still get forgiveness.



A. Let us find the key somewhere to unlock this deep, hard to understand scripture. We not only have to understand what this section of verses say --- we also have to have a clear understanding of what these verses do not say.

The mysteries of the Bible need to be clearly understood.

The verses in Hebrews 6 offer a good question and I shall answer it with my own study, and I hope to clear up this hard area to a deeper understanding.

B. I have been asked about this area of Hebrews more than any other.

Often times a backslider returns to the Lord and our enemy takes these verses and beats them over their head ... to make them think that they cannot fall and get up. This is totally against the very nature of God.

God’s nature is LOVE and in love forgiveness is freely offered.

C. Let us study what these verses say and WHAT THEY DO NOT SAY.

I have done great research into this area as I had a friend think he could not return to the Lord after he back slid.

First let us identify the verses in question.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from

dead works, and of faith toward God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.

4 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,

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 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.


We must first understand the phrase:

Heb. 6:1 --- not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

A. As we consider works, we must also realize there is more to works than just works. There is the motive behind works and what we do?

Why do I do what I do?

Why don’t we do?

B. There are several areas of works:

1. Religious works --- A POOR FOUNDATION THAT IS DEAD!

So all works of a religious nature can be laying a dead foundation that takes much investment and gives little returns.

--- having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof (II Tim. 3:5)

Religious works can be doing something good but for the sake of ritual or habitual action.

Religion can become a god of tradition and forms.

This kind of work is done for applause, long prayers on street corners, demanding the high honor seats, etc.

There is a pure and undefiled religious worship that pleases God.

But people seem to get wrapped up in tradition and religious practice and miss what is pure religion.

James 1:27 Pure religion is to visit and help the widows and orphans, or those that cannot help them self. It is also keeping yourself unspotted

from worldly things.

Religious works can be self-feeding and cause a person to ease their conscience and fail to find what God has planned.

So religious works can be that foundation from DEAD WORKS...

that a man does his works but not with a pure heart and attitude.

Religious works while dead can keep us so busy that we never find the real purpose of works.


Gal. 5:19 --- 21 --- There are at least 17 works of the flesh easily identified.

Any work that the goal is pleasing the flesh, the works that fill human desires, the works that fulfill sensual pleasure (pertaining to the 5 senses) are laying the foundation of dead works.

1 John 2:16 --- Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life --- THE WORLD AND THE THINGS OF THE WORLD ARE ENEMIES OF GOD AND HIS WORD.

Deeds done for social events by an un-regenerated man may be good works, but they are dangerous because fleshly works tend to bypass church, the cross,

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