are not without purpose.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB) These verses tell us that “All Scripture” has an intended purpose in the lives of those who profess Christ. Some are to let us know that God’s not fooling. Very powerful. We are because He wills. So, about those scary verses, they need to be better understood.
“Therefore, leaving the [beginning words] elementary teaching about the [Messiah] Christ, let us press on to [perfection] maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about [baptisms] washings and laying on of hands, and about the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
And this we will do, if God permits. For it is impossible, 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 [committed apostacy] fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, [while] since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.” (Hebrews 6:1-6 NASB)
Enlightened. That is what happens when we understand God’s word. I don’t know about you but I’m a slow learner, and it took me a very long time before I tasted of the heavenly gift, salvation. God, long ago granted me salvation because I believed in HIS NAME. I just didn’t understand salvation. We would not understand any of God’s ways if it was not for the Holy Spirit explaining them to us. Until we do come to understand, we sin a lot, not because of our choosing, but because of a lack of understanding. Feelings, like failure, awaken us to our need to believe the “elementary teachings about Christ” who forgives, cleanses and strengthens us from within. Our need is Jesus, our Savior.
If someone considers themself perfected, no longer in need of a Savior, well then, that’s a very scary thing, to fall away, publicly shaming the One they once called Lord.