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Is It Impossible?

Hebrews 6:4-9

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,

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

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.

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

He word impossible appears in the Bible 9 times, all in the New Testament.  In Matthew 17:20, 19:238, Mark 10:27, and Luke 1:27, we are told the with God, nothing is impossible.  In Luke 17:1, we are told that “It is impossible but that offenses will come.”  In Hebrews 6:18, we are told it I impossible for God to lie, and in Hebrews 11:6, we are reminded that it is impossible tom please God without faith.  Impossible is rarely used, obviously, and almost always points to the fact that God cannot lie, fail, or not be there in any situation we are in.  He will always come through.  He will always make a way.  I wrote a song back in 2017 that takes about this:

I asked the Lord to bless me. He said I always do
I asked Him if He’d heal me. He said it’s done for you
I asked the Lord to give me peace. He said I left it long ago
I asked Him to fill me with joy. He said it always flows 

Always He is there. Always taking care
Meeting every need. Doing righteous deeds
Building up my faith. Answers never late
He is always there for me

I asked the Lord to build my faith. He said to read His word
I asked Him for a hope that lasts. He said I could be sure
Whatever thing I asked of Him. He said it’s been supplied
All things were given on that day. When Christ was crucified 

There’s no more sacrifice for sin. The work has all been done 
Now I just have to live the word. And victory is mine

Always He is there. Always taking care
Meeting every need. Doing righteous deeds
Building up my faith. Answers never late
He is always there for me

So, what is Paul talking about here when he says it is impossible?  If we fall in our walk with Him, are we doomed to never be able to come back to Him again?  I have heard this preached, and I say “Shame on those preachers!”  Impossible?  Nothing is impossible with God!  Nothing is impossible when we turn our lives to Him.  Why does he even say this then?  Why would he make it sound like we can’t get back once we’ve turned our backs?  I mean, it makes sense to me that if we turn away from the salvation God supplies after we have tasted that sweet wine, that it would be impossible to find that peace and joy again.  I have turned away from the compassion and mercy of the greatest sacrifice in human history and chosen a life of detachment from God Himself.  I made this decision.  I chose to walk away.  It makes sense when we look at it from human eyes – it would be impossible if we refuse to drink of that cup to once again come back and drink of that cup.  It is impossible for man to return once he has turned.  It is impossible if he tries to find the way back on his own. 

The word impossible used here talks about weakness.  In our own selves, once we have tasted the goodness of God and all its blessings (Psalm 103), and then decide to turn away from that, this impossibility comes to light.  We are too weak to overcome the world.  We were too weak before we got saved, we were too weak during our walk with Him, and we would be too weak to return on our own.  The world is just too strong.  The principalities and powers of this world will overtake our human spirits in a heartbeat.  All of a sudden, I will find myself drawn away from God and toward the world.  I will see the attraction to sin as something I desire more than I desire God and His blessings and benefits.  I will succumb to the wiles of that old serpent who tempts me with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.  He hasn’t changed His ways since the very beginning.  “Did God really say?” is his constant question to us.  And we fall for it, just like Eve did on that fateful day in the Garden. Satan is too strong for us – he always will be.  We cannot fight him on our own because it is impossible for us to defeat him on our own.  We are weak.

However, God is strong.  God has already won the battle for us.  He has already defeated our enemy.  What is impossible with man is possible with God.  When I have fallen away, and have decided to walk with the enemy, God is ill there, whispering in my ear, asking me to come back home.  He never gives up on me.  Nothing can separate me from His love (Romans 8:35-39).  I can stop loving Him, but He will never stop loving me.  He will never stop trying to get me to come home.

Consider the prodigal son in Luke 15.  He was in his Father’s house, enjoying all the pleasures of sonship.  He had it made.  Yet he decided, on his own, to take all that his father had given him and throw it all away.  Asking his inheritance like he did was tantamount to saying his father was dead to him.  He totally turned his back on his father.  He walked back into the world on his own, got mired in the mud and then realized what he had left behind.  So, he came back to his father.  I am sure all of his father’s friends thought he would never dare come back after the disgrace he brought on his father.  I can hear them saying “Your son is a loser.”  “He’s a fool and will always stay a fool!” “After treating you like this you should never think about letting him back into your house.”  “It’s impossible for him to come back now that he took this inheritance.”  I can almost hear their mocking voices telling the father to forget such a wicked son.  He had made a mockery of his father’s love, and there is no coming back from such a dumb thing.

Yet, where was the father upon the sons return.  He was right there waiting for his son.  He ran to meet him.  He honored him with a feast, a ring, a robe, and shoes on his feet.  The son was welcomed back into the father’s house with honor, not with disdain.  The older son reminds us of those preachers who would say that a person cannot come back once they have turned aside.  He wanted the father to put the son back out.  But God is a God of mercy, and he will always have mercy on a repentant heart.  Always!

If you have walked away from God, do not fear.  God is still there, waiting for you to return.  He holds His arms out wide to welcome you home.  Do not let the older brother scare you into thinking it is impossible for you to return.  I will say it is impossible on your own, but nothing is impossible with God!  If you have friends or loved ones who have fallen away from the truth, remind them of God’s mercy and everlasting love.  He will surely throw love on the repentant heart.  He will always love them.  Always!