Category Archives: Grace

An Idea for Teaching a Class on Grace (originally published Feb. 2007)

When I was in college, I attended a Sunday School class for young adults, and the usual teacher was out of town. The fill-in teacher passed out a survey that asked our views on several controversial questions. We anonymously circled … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9:6: Further on Falling Away

Why is it that we fall away when we deliberately continue to sin (Heb 10:26ff)? Because “no sacrifice for sins is left.” This is obviously the parallel of 10:18, which says that once we’ve been saved, “there is no longer any … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.5: Heb 10 and Falling Away

We skip ahead to chapter 10, where we see the author recapitulate the thoughts of 6:4-6, but with additional explanation. It’s important to realize that the first part of chapter 10 culminates a lengthy discussion going back to chapter 7 … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.4: An Unsure Salvation

Another collateral result of this understanding of Heb 6:4-6 is that our salvation can, at times, be very unsure. While confidence and assurance is always available to us, we often turn our back on God’s promises and slide into a … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.3: Why Heb 6:4-6 is Good News

As we considered in the last post of this series, Hebrews 6:4-6 teaches that it’s possible for a Christian to so rebel against God that he falls away, and this happens when the Christian can no longer be brought back … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.2: Heb 6:4-6 and Falling Away

Hebrews 6 contains one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament (which says a lot!). (Heb 6:4-8) It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.1: On the Paradox of Grace

So let’s be honest. The scriptures give us a very good reason not to fall away — fear of damnation. But why not be lazy? Why not do the least possible? Why not take it easy and rely on grace? … Continue reading

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