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18) Hebrews - Chapter 6:2-8
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And of resurrection of the dead. . .

Does he mean "raised to walk in newness" from the dead, a spiritual condition, or does he mean a physical death?  
Resurrection is a tenet of faith; it is at the heart of the gospel.  Peter used the resurrection story to persuade the
Jews of sin against God in Acts 2 in the first sermon.  It does have both aspects of a person's faith.

For as touching those who were once enlightened.  These are mature Christians who are up for discussion.

Enlightenment refers to those who have known.  This expression is the mark of a true Christian (Hebrews 10:32):  
Paul points out that the Hebrew brethren were once enlightened and endured affliction (Ephesians 5:8 - now are ye
light in the Lord, Colossians 1:12 - Saints in the light, 1st Thessalonians 5:5 - Sons of light, 1st Peter 2:9 - Into His
marvelous light).

God's word should always be sweet to us, but to some it is not.  "The word 'tasted' means to experience, partake." -
makes a difference in tasting and drinking.  A person can "taste" and be lost.

We are made partakers when we confess Jesus as Lord (1st Corinthians 12:3 - "No man can say Jesus is Lord, but
in the Holy Spirit", John 14:17 - "Even the Spirit of Truth whom the world can not receive; for it beholdeth Him not."
John 7:39 - "But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believed on Him were to receive, for the Spirit was not
yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified").  We are made partakers when we are baptized (Acts 2:38 - Gift of
the Holy Spirit, Galatians 4:6 - "Because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying,
Abba, Father.")

This is the participation in the full powers of the new dispensation.  The pull of eternity, longing for heaven, is an
experience that the redeemed feel.  Then someone wants to go back - it is unbelievable.

Here we have a warning that much experience may be lost.  Let no man blame God after experiencing all this.  
When we go astray, we are rushing headlong into the ruin of our own accord.  This is not a participation in some sin
in which a person has been tempted.  It is a renouncing of the grace of God.  It is, a forsaking of the Word of God,
extinguishing the light.

To deviate from the right path, to turn aside, to wander, in scripture to fall away from the true faith, from Christianity.  
This is the only place in the New Testament that this word appears.  The sinner can return and be forgiven, if he
has only sinned.  The sinner is too hardened to return to God (see Romans 1:24 and 28).  They put a living Christ
out for a dead body on the cross.

The illustration of land that is parched.  There are no roots for a sustained growth.