You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 For [gar] it is impossible [adunatos] for those who were once [hapax] enlightened [photizo], and [te] have tasted [geuomai] of the heavenly [epouranios] gift [dorea], and [kai] were made [ginomai] partakers [metochos] of the Holy [hagios] Ghost [pneuma],
5 And [kai] have tasted [geuomai] the good [kalos] word [rhema] of God [theos], and [te] the powers [dunamis] of the world [aion] to come [mello],
6 If [kai] they shall fall away [parapipto], to renew them [anakainizo] again [palin] unto [eis] repentance [metanoia]; seeing they crucify [anastauroo] to themselves [heautou] the Son [huios] of God [theos] afresh [anastauroo], and [kai] put him to an open shame [paradeigmatizo]. KJV-Interlinear
4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame. NASB
The overall subject of the book of Hebrews is 'glories.' These are the glories of the spiritual life. Glories come as a result of the attainment of spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity comes as a result of pursuing a consistent daily study program in Gods Word.
Glories are the great honors that are given to the mature believer, and they all come from God.
Hebrews is now stressing the need for not falling away from ones spiritual pursuit. No advancement in the spiritual life, no victory in the spiritual life, no glories.
Glories are those things, those rewards which exceed our imagination, therefore they are extremely valuable. Worth more than a thousand productive gold mines.
That is what the believer risks losing by ignoring their spiritual life.
When a believer first believes in Christ there is generally some excitement or relief. Then here is the wait for blessing of some sort. Many new believers have their eyes on the blessings - the things that God can do for them, like making the hurt go away. When things do not happen fast enough, then the believer becomes discouraged or disenchanted. They can fade out of their spiritual life pursuit even before it has fully begun. Their desire just was not strong enough. Their focus was on the things that God gives rather than on the wisdom which is the basis for those things.
Then there are those believers who pursue their spiritual life for a significant time. They actually learn and grow up in their spiritual life to some extent. But again they fall away for one reason or another and they lose what spiritual gains they had and fall back into the quagmire of indifference. Their faith was not strong enough. They became too busy or they encountered some hardship and they blamed God for their trouble or loss.
Then there are those few who have an insatiable desire to learn, and learn they do. They focus on the learning process ad the growing process. They understand that they will be tested along the way and they make a promise to themselves that though they might fail in life, or regardless of what life deals out to them, they will not fail in their spiritual life. So they persevere in doctrine and their faith grows them into a spiritual powerhouse. A powerhouse recognized by God, not necessarily recognized by people.
But then Gods opinion is the only opinion that matters anyway.
Those who fall away, lack something in their spiritual makeup. They either lack interest because they simply are not interested. They might lack interest because life has dealt them some hard blows and they blame God. They might lack interest because they have their own ideas as to what they want from life and the Bible frowns upon their life style or their life preferences. They might lack interest because they are insecure and they prefer the things that are in their immediate environment (family, friends, work, social life, hobbies). They might lack interest because the spiritual life taught by the Bible just is not real enough to them. Other things in life seem more real, more practical, more appealing.
And thus is their barrier to life. They construct their own barrier over which it is near impossible (not totally but almost) for them to get on track with their spiritual life.
Their earthly agenda whatever it might be, is greater to them than that which God offers. Changing their values, changing their beliefs, changing their attitude can be extremely difficult.
Society and peer pressures, social pressures, insecurity pressures, motive pressures, all these and more, serve to prevent the person from growing up.
When God is less threatening than the things of life, when the things of life are more threatening than Gods withdrawal from your life, then you have a big problem.
You have no independent function of your life. You have become a slave to the barriers that you yourself have set up in life. You trap yourself in a prison of wrong decisions. You become inflexible in your beliefs, holding tightly to them, and you compromise those principles of God, pushing them aside as valueless.
The mature believer possesses the power of the Holy Spirit (who controls the function of his soul), when in fellowship. The immature believer lacks this power and instead his life of carnality is nothing more than an insult to the Lord, who has already died for his sins and opened the door for a greater life. A life which is ignored.
We just celebrated out Thanksgiving holiday the other day. One on which we give thanks for all that we have. And the celebration comes complete with all sorts of foods and deserts and such. How would it be if someone prepared a banquet in your honor and you simply ignored it all? That would be an insult.
That is the case when the believer ignores their spiritual life. God has a banquet of a life prepared for you, but too often too many folks ignore it. They don't see the foods, they ignore them. They don' smell the foods. They ignore it all. They show no interest. They insult God with their indifference, or with their 'better' way to live.
Impossible here means 'extremely difficult.' As long as a person is alive, then advancing in their spiritual life is possible, but it will take some effort if you drag along your baggage of beliefs from the world, from society, from politics, from other religious training, from whatever it is that hinders your open mindedness of learning Gods Word.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.