Hebrews 6:4-6: Putting Christ To An Open Shame

[This is the third of 3 projected posts]

In the first post, we saw that, in the phrase if they fall away, the writer wasn’t teaching that Christians could lose their salvation.

In the second post, we saw that the context of Hebrews 6:4-6 deals with the idea that the Christian life is just that: life, and, as such, has the expectation of growth and development into maturity.

There is much more that could be said about these verses.  For instance, even though Christians truly saved cannot lose their salvation, there are many, not truly saved, who do leave “the faith.”  This is evidence they were never saved to begin with, cf. 1 John 2:19.  The writer does have a little to say about them in Hebrews 6:7, 8.

That, however, isn’t the subject for this post.  It’s found in the last part of v. 6.

Thinking about it, I’m not sure that I even know how to write about this idea that the death of Christ on the Cross could somehow be turned into something that shames Him.

But that’s what the writer says – and why it is impossible to be saved a “second” time, …or a third, …or a fourth, because

they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” 

“Put Him to shame,” because one for whom He died, and whom, it is said, He saved through faith, is, nevertheless, lost.  In other words, He failed.

How could this even be considered as a possibility?

It seems to me that even the idea that one could lose his or her salvation, let alone any such thing actually happening – even the very idea that anyone could lose their salvation is highly dishonoring to our Lord and puts Him to an open shame.

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5 thoughts on “Hebrews 6:4-6: Putting Christ To An Open Shame

  1. The ESV translates verse 6 this way: and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. – perhaps this is a clue to interpreting verse 6? Not that Christ is shamed or that he failed so much as that someone, by walking away, would be showing him the greatest contempt and disrespect? What do you think?

    • That those who turn away from Christ do so to their own harm is without question. I’m not sure that’s the writer’s thought here, though. In their minds and by their attitude, they do show Him the utmost contempt and disrespect. As for the “shame,” the same word is used in Matthew 1:19, where Joseph was unwilling to put Mary “to shame” (ESV).

      As for the “fail”, that just seems to me to be the logical word to use if it were possible for a person Christ has saved to lose that salvation. “Frustrated” and “disappointed” also come to mind.

      It’s a difficult subject, and millions of words, pro and con, have been written and said about it. The few words of my posts certainly won’t put the discussion to an end.

      God’s best to you and yours.

    • Sorry to be so late in responding to this! I agree with you. The idea that He can fail, or that we can lose the salvation – once received! – that cost Him so much to purchase, is to show Him the greatest contempt.

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