There are five passages in the book of Hebrews that have been called the “Warning Passages” (Hebrews 2:1-4; 4:12-13; 6:4-8; 10:26-31; 12:25-29). The meaning and application of these verses have been understood differently by various theological traditions. Of course, warning is not unique to the book of Hebrews, as the rest of the Bible contains similar statements (for example, 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 10:12). Additionally, there are places in Scripture where our salvation is said to have a conditional character to it (see, for instance, Colossians 1:23 where Paul, after describing the promises and assurance of the gospel, hastens to add, “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel…”). But elsewhere Jesus comforts us by saying that none of His sheep can be snatched from His hand (John 10:28). How are we to understand the Bible’s teaching about assurance and warning?
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