There is a clear difference between drinking and eating, please, don’t confuse this with tasting. Tasting is only the first step prior to eating or drinking.
- Seeing God’s light and following God’s light is two different things.
- Seeing God’s light and accepting and walking in that light day in and day out is two different things.
Thousands of people followed Christ Jesus during his earthly ministry, possibly because of the miracles, or because He fed them with free food, or out of curiosity, or because they get their kicks out of watching Jesus teach, or for any other reasons or motives. But very few of those people believed Him to be the Saviour and Messiah promised in the Word of God we have today (Bible). Their lives might not be the same again after seeing all the miracles and hearing Jesus teach, and all the signs and wonders, but yet, many of them probably never believe He was who He said He truly was. All this people that did not truly believe Him are only TASTERS (according to the Hebrew language). They did not eat, or digest the Truth, they were just samplers. They are like the professional wine tasters shown on TV who never really digest in the wine being sampled.
“For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have TASTED the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6
These verses of Hebrews 6 has NOTHING to do with the true believers, those who are saved, the elect of God, the church of Jesus Christ, those who have put their faith in Him. To be clear, Hebrew 6:4-6 is all about the TASTERS and not about those who are saved, regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, or those who have been born again by the Spirit of God, or nothing about those who have been justified by faith through God’s Grace (eaters and drinkers). What it means by being enlightened is the Intellectual understanding of biblical truth, but the rejection of this truth experientially. It means you are mentally aware of something, that your mind have been informed with something, but did not rightly respond to that information.
Throughout the Bible several symbolic metaphors are used. Just like when it says (Mark 9:47), “If your eyes causes you to sin pluck it out!” If that is literally true, then as Christians, we all will be surely literally blind by now.
Jesus said metaphorically in John 6, “I am the bread of life he who comes to me will never hunger…. Unless you eat my flesh and you drink my blood, you will not have eternal life.” The Bible is very clear about literally eating flesh and drinking blood as revealed in the Levitical law of God, we do not do that. We are NOT into vampire and cannibalism. Flesh and blood are symbols of the life of Christ, the life He gave away freely for us on the cross of Calvary, they are a symbol of His sacrifice. We are not saved by partaking in the Holy Communion, which is meant to remind us symbolically the great sacrifice of Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 11:24-25).
Watchman Nee was a great Chinese evangelist. He was once visited by a young man who was so disturbed about the fear of losing his salvation. Seeing the torment of this man, Watchman Nee used the following analogy to explain to him what the Bible says. He pointed to his dog, and said, “See, this dog it is my dog, I like this dog, this dog is house trained, in fact this dog does not make a mess in the house, he is an obedient dog, he is a pure delight to me.” And then, he took him into the kitchen where his toddler was eating, and said, “that is my son, he makes a mess, every time, he makes a mess of everything from his food to his clothes, the house, and his diapers, but still, he would inherit my Kingdom. Why? Because he is my son, my heir, he has my name, he would always be my son.”
Likewise, as Christians, we are Christ’s heir, not through perfection but by means of Grace and adoption when we repent and place our whole Faith in Christ and trust Him as our only Saviour.
Apparently, during the initial construction stages of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, 23 people literally died by falling into the sea. Finally, someone came up with the idea of placing a big net underneath the bridge. To be sure, they tried it out, and 10 men fell after the net was placed, but none of them lost their life because they were all saved by the net catching them. What’s even more telling is that productivity of the workers increased by 25% because of the assured security of the net, the men were assured of their safety, they were free to wholeheartedly focus on the project.
Our security in Christ makes us not only praising, grateful, victorious people but it makes us fruitful people.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:13