Read Hebrews 6
Focus on verse 4-6
There is a place in the gospels where Jesus is recorded speaking about how the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a sin that will not be forgiven. I remember early in my journey with God, wondering if there was a chance I may have somehow inadvertently committed this sin and was therefore disqualified by God from entering His kingdom.
Today’s reading is a similar set of verses that caused me at times to wonder if perhaps I may have accidentally disqualified myself without realizing it.
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 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. (v. 4-6)
I can see where one might get the idea that there is some act by which a person who has previously chosen to follow Jesus might disqualify him or herself from the kingdom of God. I have since come to believe that there is really only one thing that can keep us out of the kingdom, and that as long a person has life an breath, no one is beyond redemption. The grace of God is greater than any sin we can commit, and the only sin that will separate us from God and His kingdom is the rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord. As for those who have once experienced God’s redemption, to turn away from that redemption is first of all highly unlikely, and if one does appear to do so, I would question if they really understood what it is is they thought they had. There is a sense in which this is one of those questions that we can only answer for ourselves. To attempt to make this assessment on behalf of another person is to attempt to assume a role that Jesus Christ alone is qualified to fill. The day will come when He will return to judge the living and the dead, until that time, we would do best to simply serve and submit to Him as He enables us to do so.