Hebrews 6:5
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New International Version
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age

New Living Translation
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come--

English Standard Version
and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,

New American Standard Bible
and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

King James Bible
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
tasted God's good word and the powers of the coming age,

International Standard Version
who have tasted the goodness of God's word and the powers of the coming age,

NET Bible
tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And tasted the good word of God and the power of the future world,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They experienced the goodness of God's word and the powers of the world to come.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and likewise have tasted the good word of God and the virtue of the age to come,

King James 2000 Bible
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,

American King James Version
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

American Standard Version
and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

Darby Bible Translation
and have tasted the good word of God, and [the] works of power of [the] age to come,

English Revised Version
and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,

Webster's Bible Translation
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

Weymouth New Testament
and have realized how good the word of God is and how mighty are the powers of the coming Age, and then fell away--

World English Bible
and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,

Young's Literal Translation
and did taste the good saying of God, the powers also of the coming age,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-8 Every part of the truth and will of God should be set before all who profess the gospel, and be urged on their hearts and consciences. We should not be always speaking about outward things; these have their places and use, but often take up too much attention and time, which might be better employed. The humbled sinner who pleads guilty, and cries for mercy, can have no ground from this passage to be discouraged, whatever his conscience may accuse him of. Nor does it prove that any one who is made a new creature in Christ, ever becomes a final apostate from him. The apostle is not speaking of the falling away of mere professors, never convinced or influenced by the gospel. Such have nothing to fall away from, but an empty name, or hypocritical profession. Neither is he speaking of partial declinings or backslidings. Nor are such sins meant, as Christians fall into through the strength of temptations, or the power of some worldly or fleshly lust. But the falling away here mentioned, is an open and avowed renouncing of Christ, from enmity of heart against him, his cause, and people, by men approving in their minds the deeds of his murderers, and all this after they have received the knowledge of the truth, and tasted some of its comforts. Of these it is said, that it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance. Not because the blood of Christ is not sufficient to obtain pardon for this sin; but this sin, in its very nature, is opposite to repentance and every thing that leads to it. If those who through mistaken views of this passage, as well as of their own case, fear that there is no mercy for them, would attend to the account given of the nature of this sin, that it is a total and a willing renouncing of Christ, and his cause, and joining with his enemies, it would relieve them from wrong fears. We should ourselves beware, and caution others, of every approach near to a gulf so awful as apostacy; yet in doing this we should keep close to the word of God, and be careful not to wound and terrify the weak, or discourage the fallen and penitent. Believers not only taste of the word of God, but they drink it in. And this fruitful field or garden receives the blessing. But the merely nominal Christian, continuing unfruitful under the means of grace, or producing nothing but deceit and selfishness, was near the awful state above described; and everlasting misery was the end reserved for him. Let us watch with humble caution and prayer as to ourselves.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And have tasted the good word of God,.... Not the Lord Jesus Christ, the essential Word of God, who seems to be intended before by the heavenly gift; but rather, either the Scriptures of truth in general, which are the word of God, endited by him, and contain his mind and will; which he makes use of for conviction, conversion, instruction, and comfort; and which are preserved by him: and these are a good word; they come from him who is good; they are a revelation of good things; they make known things true, pleasant, and profitable: or else the Gospel in particular, of which God is the author; and in which is a wonderful display of his wisdom and grace; and which he owns and blesses for his own glory, and the good of others: and this is a "good word", the same with , "good matter", or "word", in Psalm 45:1 , "my good word", or "the word of my goodness", in the Targum on Isaiah 55:11 for it is the word of righteousness, reconciliation, peace, pardon, life, and salvation. And there is a special and spiritual taste of this good, word, which is delightful, relishing, and nourishing; and such who have it can never totally and finally fall away; because they who taste it, so as to eat and digest it, and be nourished by it, to them it becomes the ingrafted word, which is able to save them: but there is such a taste of this word as is disrelishing, as in profane sinners, and open opposers and persecutors of the word, or as in hypocrites and formal professors; which is only an assent to the Scriptures, as the revelation of God, or a superficial knowledge of the doctrines of the Gospel without the experience of them, and a temporal faith in them, and a natural affection for them, and pleasure with them for a time; as the Jews, and Herod with John's ministry, and the stony ground hearers.

And the powers of the world to come; meaning either the state of the church, and the glorious things relating to it, after the first resurrection, which they might have some notional apprehensions of; or the ultimate state of glory and happiness, the powers of which are the immortality, incorruption, and glory of the body, the perfect holiness and knowledge of the soul, entire freedom from all evils of every kind, full communion with Father, Son, and Spirit, and a complete enjoyment of all happiness for ever; which hypocrites may have a notional knowledge of, a natural desire after, and delight in the contemplation and hope of, as Balaam had; or rather the miracles and mighty works in the former part of the Gospel dispensation, or times of the Messiah, the Jews' world to come; see Gill on Hebrews 2:5, are intended; which many, as Judas and others, were able to perform, who were not sincere Christians, or true believers.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. tasted the good word of God—distinct from "tasted OF (genitive) the heavenly gift"; we do not yet enjoy all the fulness of Christ, but only have a taste OF Him, the heavenly gift now; but believers may taste the whole word (accusative case) of God already, namely, God's "good word of promise." The Old Testament promise of Canaan to Israel typified "the good word of God's" promise of the heavenly rest (Heb 4:1-16). Therefore, there immediately follows the clause, "the powers of the world to come." As "enlightening" and "tasting of the heavenly gift," Christ, the Bread of Life, answers to FAITH: so "made partakers of the Holy Ghost," to CHARITY, which is the first-fruit of the Spirit: and "tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come," to HOPE. Thus the triad of privileges answers to the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Spirit, in their respective works toward us. "The world to come," is the Christian dispensation, viewed especially in its future glories, though already begun in grace here. The world to come thus stands in contrast to course of this world, altogether disorganized because God is not its spring of action and end. By faith, Christians make the world to come a present reality, though but a foretaste of the perfect future. The powers of this new spiritual world, partly exhibited in outward miracles at that time, and then, as now, especially consisting in the Spirit's inward quickening influences are the earnest of the coming inheritance above, and lead the believer who gives himself up to the Spirit to seek to live as the angels, to sit with Christ in heavenly places, to set the affections on things above, and not on things on earth, and to look for Christ's coming and the full manifestation of the world to come. This "world to come," in its future aspect, thus corresponds to "resurrection of the dead and eternal life" (Heb 6:2), the first Christian principles which the Hebrew believers had been taught, by the Christian light being thrown back on their Old Testament for their instruction (see on [2554]Heb 6:1,2). "The world to come," which, as to its "powers," exists already in the redeemed, will pass into a fully realized fact at Christ's coming (Col 3:4).

Hebrews 6:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Maturity
4For 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, 5and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and 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.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Matthew 12:32
Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Ephesians 6:17
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Hebrews 2:5
It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

1 Peter 1:25
but the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.

1 Peter 2:3
now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Treasury of Scripture

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

tasted.

Matthew 13:20,21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that …

Mark 4:16,17 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, …

Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, …

Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word …

1 Peter 2:3 If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

the powers.

Hebrews 2:5 For to the angels has he not put in subjection the world to come, …

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