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Faith must be active and living, manifested by works of righteousness, whereby we cooperate with God to do His will. If one is already saved, then what need does one still have for a Savior?
Is this not like saying that one who has been completely cured of cancer is still in need of chemo-therapy? Or is this not like saying that one who has been cured of cancer will never find the disease surfacing again, perhaps years hence? Now, let us turn to Hebrews Of course, Saint Paul is writing to the Hebrews, and herein he refers to those who have apostasized—that is, to those who rejected Christ and His saving power after their Baptism.
Verse 5 tells us that in adition to the grace, or presence of God, we receive through the Sacraments, belief and life experience are essential. In verse 6 we find Saint Paul stating that those to whom he is writing—remember, they are Jews—who revert to Judaism [not uncommon in apostolic times] crucify Christ once again, becoming like those who, in crucifying Christ on the Cross denied His divinity and His saving power.
Of course, most Protestant bodies understand Baptism somewhat differently, as does Roman Catholicism. To conclude, it is impossible to clearly understand the meaning of this passage from Hebrews apart from understanding the precise audience to which Saint Paul was directing his words: those Jews [but surely not all Jews] who had begun their spiritual journies through Baptism, yet who then rejected Christ and His power. If one has not done this—and this is not what you describe about your own situation—then these verses would not directly apply.
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