Land that Often Drinks the Rain, Part II

“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted of the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him [Jesus] to public disgrace. Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessings of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.” (Hebrews 6:4-8)

We now continue in our series with our discussion of the heavenly gift, as recorded in Hebrews 6:4-8. If you were not with us yesterday, by the way, you can find part I of this series posted on the web (see address below). The purpose of this series is to motivate us to good works. Because, as the passage says, if we produce a crop useful [for the Lord}, then we will be blessed. We all want to be blessed, do we not? But if we do not produce a crop useful [for the Lord], then we will be “in danger of being cursed.” (v. 8)

The Heavenly Gift

The second thing we notice concerning those whom the author is referring is that they “have tasted the heavenly gift” (Hebrews 6:4b). That is, they have experienced salvation. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, we read that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Obviously, this is the “heavenly gift” that the author to the Hebrews is referring to here. Sure, there are many spiritual gifts mentioned in Scripture, but only one gift could ever be described as “the heavenly gift” – this is undoubtedly the gift of salvation. It is clear from the following passage, written to the Ephesian Christians: “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8).

Scripture never refers to the various giftings, which God gives to His people, as “the gift of God,” or “the heavenly gift.” No, this reference found here must necessarily refer to the gift of salvation. This is the supreme gift, which all men must receive in order to be saved. All other gifts do not matter, in light of this one all-important gift.

The importance of receiving this gift is highlighted in the following verse, written also by the author of this letter to the Hebrews. “Just as a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:27-28). There are many things that could be mentioned here, but one is that we will all have to face a judgment one day. Have we received of the “heavenly gift” that is able to save us? It is precisely this “heavenly gift” that is able to save us, and it is only to those who have truly received this “heavenly gift” that God will bring His salvation to. (Hebrews 9:28).

We can conclude with confidence, then, that the people that are being referred to here, are Christians. They have “tasted” of the heavenly gift. In other words, they have received of the gift of salvation. But the Bible says that if such people do not produce fruit in their lives, they are in danger of being cursed. Cursed? Yes! Don’t let it happen to you!