ROMANS ix. Apart from the many problems with non-lordship salvation, in our text the judgment is described as “the fury of a fire that will consume the adversaries” (Heb 10:27-note). Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Ekousios gar amartanonton emon meta to labein ten epignosin tes aletheias, ouketi peri amartion apoleipetai thusia. Hebrews 10:26 in all English translations. ), we have a good picture of apostasy for he is a “prototype!”. Hamartano emphasizes loss which always results from missing God's mark or target, His good and acceptable and perfect will (Ro 12:2). Or in another crafty move, the flesh leads us to write ourselves a note that says something like "I will bury the hatchet but make a map of where I have it buried!" After a great earthquake, the sun turns black and the moon turns blood red. Each Saturday evening, the audience heard what one reporter referred to as “old-fashioned repent-and-be-saved gospel preaching.” Drawing on traditional evangelical Protestantism, Templeton urged young men and women to confess their sins, accept Christ as their Savior, and, with the Holy Spirit’s help, live a life pleasing to God. The immediate context defines that sin as one of the continued forsaking of the means of grace at the services of the Christian assemblies, and the habitual commission of the sin defined in Heb 10:29-note. Before we were saved we chased after sin, but now that we are saved, sin chases after us! As we saw before, the true assurance of salvation, the assuring of our hearts before God, cam only be enjoyed in a life under the teaching of the Spirit, and a walk in obedience to God's will (1 John 3:19-24.) Their judgment had been convinced, through the mind their desire and will had been affected and wrought upon; and yet, the heart, the whole inner life, had never been truly regenerate, had never received that eternal life, which cannot be taken away. It was as if he suddenly felt relaxed and comfortable in talking about an old and dear friend. It’s intellectual suicide.”, “I don’t know about anybody else,” he said, “but I’ve decided that that’s the path for me.”, (Another quote from Farewell to God - My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith - page 232) - "I believe that there is no supreme being with human attributes--no God in the Biblical sense --but that life is the result of timeless evolutionary forces, having reached its present transient state over millions of years....How can one believe the Biblical account of the creation of the world in six days when every eminent physicist agrees that all living species have evolved over millions of years from primitive beginnings. Edwards’s intense concern joins him in heart with the preacher who wrote to the Hebrews some 1,700 years earlier. Selah. In other words, it’s the church-going religious person who does not see his need for the blood of Christ! (3) The third charge was that the apostates had “insulted the Spirit of grace.” (This is the only time this phrase is applied to the Holy Spirit; but see Zech. The Apostle John (Rev. Hebrews 10:26-27 “Not everyone who says to Me (THEIR PROFESSION) ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does (present tense - continually because they are enabled by the indwelling Spirit - NOTE: Jesus is not describing PERFECTION but DIRECTION!) 24. I once conducted a funeral where I got to the service and read the little bulletin that the mortuary prints up. Paul records a NT account of the "certain terrifying expectation"…, For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. as sinning "with a high hand" or "presumptuously" (Nu 15:30, 31; defiantly, literally "with a high hand"). What could one say about him except that this was a form of greatness?”. Jesus gave a stern, even frightening warning that "many" would profess knowing Him, but that their life would indicate otherwise. “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never (ABSOLUTE NEGATION - NEVER AT ANY POINT IN TIME - IN OTHER WORDS THESE ARE NOT FOLKS WHO WERE SAVED AND THEN LOST THEIR SALVATION! Title When the various NT books were formally brought together into one collection shortly after A.D. 100, the titles were added for convenience. As His grace (ED: cf Spirit of grace - Heb 10:29+) strengthens our hearts and minds (2 Ti 2:1+), we can overcome our own worst inclination to make foolish choices. All rights reserved, Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists, Click to see the photographs and go to the bottom of the page to see how large the gatherings were. ", Voltaire's physician Trochim, waiting with Voltaire at his death, said he cried out most desperately "I am abandoned by God and man! That person already knows and understands it all and has rejected it (Heb 6:4-6). And so we see a living example of Hebrews 6:4-6+! He that would know what wilful sin is, with the thought that he is safe, as long as he keeps from that extreme, deceives himself. The same phrase (the knowledge of the truth) appears in the pastoral epistles…. Wrong! Take upon thee the burden of those who are asleep, and plead with Christ to use thee to warn and to save them. He sits down, and He will not rise for any further sacrifice. Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near" - Worship Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast" - Endurance Hebrews 10:24 "Let us consider one another" - Fellowship The Church is a body, an organism rather than an organization. TEXT: HEB. They are apostates, the sow (female pig) after the outward washing returning to the wallowing in the mire of their own sinful, unregenerate nature. It is a process, a deliberate process, on the part of one who is not satisfied with the revelation of God in Christ and the effectiveness of the redemptive work of Christ. Hebrews must be read in light of the law. "He doesn't believe in God anymore. (Matt. One of the most disturbing truths highlighted in the study is that these preachers maintain their position as pastors of Christian churches with their congregations being unaware of their leader’s true spiritual state. We are also forced to admit that some of our sin is deliberate. He desired a clear understanding of the character of that Great Being, under whose guidance he was commissioned to lead the people of Israel into the promised land. He is the better sacrifice (Heb 9:23). .” He stopped, then started again. (The Peril of Playing Christian) (Bolding added). His shoulders bobbed as he wept. Indeed the Lord will give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines!” Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground and was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; also there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day and all night. Comment: One's perseverance does not earn their salvation but it does show that person is saved because only a born again person (enabled by the indwelling Spirit) could persevere to the end. Wuest - The word “if” in Col 1:23 is not ean, an unfulfilled, hypothetical condition used with the subjunctive mode, presenting the possibility of a future realization, but ei with the indicative, having here the idea of “assuming that you continue in the faith.” That is, continuance in the gospel as it was preached by Paul would show that the person was saved and thus would be presented holy, without blemish, and unchargeable before God. (1Sa 28:19, 20), Belshazzar the king upon defiling the Lord's holy vessels suddenly saw a hand appear with handwriting on the palace wall and…, Then the king's face grew pale, and his thoughts alarmed him; and his hip joints went slack, and his knees began knocking together… 30 That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain. It was Templeton who recommended that Graham become the organization’s first evangelist. They knew the truth fully, but have deliberately renounced what they once embraced. For the next twenty years, he devoted himself to bringing about the same experience in the lives of others. It deals with apostasy." Others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin. (Heb 12:5-11), 3. . Is it biblically correct to tell sinners, “God loves you” or should we (with Edwards) say, “God is angry with you”? (The Peril of Playing Christian), Newton goes on to explain that "The "sinning" has reference to rejection of precisely what this writer has set forth: the person of Christ and his effective work as our great high priest. The only other NT use of hekousios is in a positive context where Peter exhorts the elders to…, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness (1Pe 5:2-note). That would not be as bad as insulting the Spirit of grace by turning your back on the free pardon that He offers through the blood of Jesus Christ! It is a total defection 26:11.] This OT teaching gives us a picture of the definition of "WILLFUL SINNING". Brad and Susan had four wonderful little boys ranging in age from two years up to ten years. Holiness and the Will of God. Had he believed, he would have become an apostle. Don't sweep sin under the rug. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: but only a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fire of God's indignation, which will one day consume all that sets itself against him. If you were a poor beggar at the door, and a rich man had bidden you into his feast out of pure charity, what would you deserve if you had treated his provisions in this way? . A Sermon (No. A sermon on Hebrews 10:26-31 (Outline taken from Sermon Central contributor Doug Lyon from his sermon called "Worse Than Death") HoHum: We have all been around people who could change their moods at the flip of a switch. (2 Cor 7:9-11), 13. "Let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and to good works." John MacArthur amplifies the idea of Judas as the perfect prototype of an apostate and goes on to give us an excellent definition of apostasy... "Judas Iscariot is, of course, the classic apostate. Not to my fellow men or to the high priest, but unto Jehovah! 24 You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone. This does not mean that the early church took sin lightly, deliberate or accidental. The present tense this indicates this is their lifestyle, their habitual practice. With that tears flooded his eyes. Could they not be forgiven? Anyone who confesses and forsakes his sins has the assurance that God not only forgives but forgets (Heb 10:17). They become new creations in Christ "the old things passed away (INCLUDING CONTINUALLY LIVING IN SIN); behold, new things (A NEW DIRECTION, NEW POWER, NEW MOTIVATION, NEW LOVE TO NOW LIVE FOR JESUS) have come." 24:10-23; Num. Yet, here, as in Heb6, the author does not say that anyone has committed this sin. The atoning sacrifice of Jesus, our great High Priest, is set forth first by way of contrast; then its character is described; and, then, thirdly, its consequences are mentioned. TEXT: HEB. Doing something of one's own free will = voluntarily, deliberately, willfully, intentionally. In the first he exhorts on the basis of the work of Christ to draw near to God, hold fast the confession of hope, and consider how to stimulate the church to love and good deeds (Heb 10:19-25). It is to place oneself on the side of God’s adversaries. So can you see how subtle and persistent the lust of the flesh is to take us down the path of provision for later willfully or deliberately committing a sin? Some 50 years after Templeton had begun to reject Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, investigative reporter Lee Strobel interviewed him for his best selling book The Case for Christ (the writing of which led Strobel to become a believer in Jesus Christ!) Hebrews 9. Epígnosis always describes moral and religious knowledge in the NT and especially refers to full and comprehensive knowledge of God’s will that rests on the knowledge of God and of Christ found today in His Word. Of the five warnings given in Hebrews, the one in this passage is by far the most serious and sobering. To abandon Christ’s sacrifice and to return to Judaism would show that they had never truly trusted Christ in the first place. Judas had the perfect evidence, the perfect light, the perfect example. They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, fire will devour (Lxx = esthio) Your enemies. After 15 years of living with his owner, one day the "pet boa" would not let its "owner" out of its grip resulting in the owner's tragic death. Those who do this are like those in Hebrews 6. Think little of the suffering of lost souls, and you will soon think little of the Savior who delivers you from them.”, Although Jonathan Edwards based his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” on a verse from Deuteronomy, he got the title from verse 31 of our text. I believe the Genesis account of creation because it’s in the Bible. ", It was this same passage and context that was quoted in Hebrews 10:30 of our text. He was angry. Rather, it was necessitated by the famous “halfway” covenant, an earlier Puritan attempt to keep as many people as possible under the influence of the church, though they were not professed believers. The sins that would entangle us Vincent says this phrase conveys "the radical idea of… ferment of spirit". If we are to have a measure of victory over the power of sin, it will come only as we lean on the strength and wisdom of Christ (Ro 7:24, 25+; ED: AND I WOULD ADD EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IS TO LEARN TO PUT SIN TO DEATH BY THE SPIRIT! 9 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed-- for our testimony to you was believed. Brad was a bible teacher and had taught Sunday school at their former church. Everything depends on where we carry the law of the Lord. It will be observed that one thing is not, and need not be, specified in the text. And so there was a possibility of their still sinning wilfully and being shut out for ever from the one sacrifice for sin. They are perhaps deeply convicted of sin and even make a profession of faith. But he rejected the truth and became an apostate. This has to be one of the saddest, most tragic stories of falling away in the twentieth century! And things I'd never seen the meaning of or the essence of I began to appreciate for the first time." (3) A third view is that the author is warning true believers, who cannot possibly lose their salvation, about what would happen to them if they did apostatize (which true believers cannot do). God has no plan B! He had a righteous anger. The wrong way to interpret Hebrews 10:26. x. ); neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God (unbelievers).11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. Many people have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel, even in part. “Well, yes, he is the most important thing in my life,” came his reply. The things that had once seemed important now seemed trivial. When the High Priest once a year entered into the second tabernacle within the veil, it was, we are told in the Epistle to the Hebrews, 'the Holy Ghost signifying that the way into the …Andrew Murray—Holy in Christ, Twenty-Sixth Day. “To regard as unclean” means, literally, “to treat as common.” It may refer to partaking of communion even though his faith was not genuine, and so profaning the cup representing the blood of the covenant (Hughes, p. 423). O God what have I done to suffer so much? (The Only Options: Christ or Judgment? the will of My Father Who is in heaven will enter. NET Bible note adds that "The expression ("a high hand") means that someone would do something with deliberate defiance, with an arrogance in spite of what the LORD said. (cp Jesus' teaching of "degrees" of punishment proportional to the amount of light - Mt 11:21, 22, 23, 24). (Amplified Bible - Lockman), Barclay: For, if we deliberately sin after we have received full knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sin is left. 9, 10. x. Like Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones, upon the preaching of the Word, the Spirit of God breathed life. Warn anyone you know in this situation. It’s not a matter of speculation; it’s a demonstrable fact.”, “I don’t accept that,” Billy said. It will affect your family, your home, your spiritual inheritance, and your purpose in life. 34For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. You do worse: you raise objections to the feast; you despise the pleasant land and the goodly provision of God. How can I have assurance of my salvation? CHARLES TEMPLETON? “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who for-gives iniquity, transgression and sin.” [So far, we all cheer, “Yeah! So the author is saying, in effect, “In light of the superiority of Jesus to Moses, and in light of the severity of punishment under Moses, go figure what will happen to the person who deliberately rejects Christ!”. One such village was the town of Enfield, Connecticut. Bible Gateway Recommends. If we sin wilfully. Hekousios in context conveys the idea of deliberate intention that is habitual without being forced or pressured. When we make deliberate decisions to dabble with deceptive, destructive sin, we are walking into the snare of the fallen flesh and we will almost certainly commit the sin we are playing games with and it becomes by definition a willful or deliberate sin! . I was taken aback. Clearly, the writer of Hebrews viewed apostasy as a very real and serious possibility for his Jewish audience who had heard the good news about their Messiah, Jesus. V29 (due to the verb and participles used) should not be understood as judgment that has happened because of such apostasy, but as judgment that would happen should such apostasy occur. Don’t let sin break the connection. A thought is never secure until it has passed from the mind into the heart, and has become a desire, an aspiration, a passion. It is not that such deliberate sinners (or apostates) did not know the truth. No Small Deviations in God's Economy! But His judgment is real and it is no joke! (The Peril of Playing Christian), Wuest - This sin is described as a wilful sin. Fury of a fire - Literally = "zeal of fire" = a fiery passion. Commentary on Hebrews 10:26-31 (Read Hebrews 10:26-31) The exhortations against apostacy and to perseverance, are urged by many strong reasons. In fact instead of evolving man has if anything devolved! Simply put, they can't habitually, willfully, deliberately, continually sin because God's holy "seed abides in (them)… because (they are) born of God." According to locals, up to that point the tree was thought to be indestructible. the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2Pe 3:7-note). ), because no one has ever lived without sin after salvation! In the King James version it says, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews. It’s as if Satan uses Hebrews 6:4 and Hebrews 10:26 to create hopelessness and despair. but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.") The author has just shown how that Jesus is greater than Moses (Heb. miss . Such was his general custom: compare the "we" in Hebrews 2:3; 3:6, 14; 12:25; and the "us" in Hebrews 4:1, 11! But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed (means to bait a hook, to set a trap with bait, lure into a moral trap by targeting one's innate selfish impulses) by his own lust. 2 Timothy 2:25-note with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth. After long lingering, the broken heart bethought itself of what it ought to have done at the first, and laid bare its bosom before the Lord. "For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Also, our text is in the New Testament, and its very argument is that judgment will be more severe for rejecting the Son of God than it was for the one in the Old Testament who disregarded the Law. That he has exhausted the virtue of the one sacrifice, is not said: but in proportion to his willing rejection of it, has ceased to operate for him. But when we assemble here on this day, we surely do so in the belief that everything pleasant and joyful in our working and social life during the past year, for which we have had to thank God, had its source in nothing but the spiritual good …Friedrich Schleiermacher—Selected Sermons of Schleiermacher, The Death of the Saviour the End of all Sacrifices. All this leads him once again to sound the alarm, and to point out how neglect of outward, apparently secondary duties, opens the way to positive sin and eternal loss. Willing to do it without being pressured or forced. So instead of Graham, it was Templeton who began to have serious doubts about the Christian faith as he was planning to enter Princeton Theological Seminary. Calvin - He shows how severe a vengeance of God awaits all those who fall away from the grace of Christ; for being without that one true salvation, they are now as it were given up to an inevitable destruction. Do you think when you are in hell that Christ will come a second time to die for you? The man on the left is Charles Templeton. Here is a quote from Templeton spoken to Edward Babinski -, "When I finally shook free of Christianity, it was like being born again. King James Version (KJV) Public Domain . They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies. 55:58. This is similar to the unpardonable blasphemy against the Spirit of which Jesus spoke. While we smother our sin it rages within, and like a gathering wound swells horribly and torments terribly. The author places his recipients and himself ("we" go on sinning) under this warning just as he did in the earlier warnings. It might also indicate that the person remains outside the faith, for Jesus is not yet Lord to the one who disobeys him (1 Cor 6:9–10; Gal 5:19–21). Really? Hebrews is not a Pauline writing, but it comes out of the same circle of acquaintances (Heb 13:23). They said, “You have come to tell us that there is no hell. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. That is why we need to be continually filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18+), so that we might be supernaturally enabled to fight the good fight of faith (1 Ti 6:12+) against the serpentine snares of sin that continually come from our fallen flesh. Only “after we have received the knowledge of the truth” is such an action so serious. Hard Sayings of the Bible: They hear of Him and they are drawn to Him. If you were invited to a feast and you should come to the table and dash down every dish, and throw them on the ground, and trample on them, would not this be an insult? Psalm 32:3-5 (David when he sinned with Bathsheba) When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. The church in Enfield contained baptized unbelievers who were barred from the Lord’s Table. (Pr 5:22, Eccl 7:26), 20. So either way, we can do without you” (Spurgeon's Expository Encyclopedia [Baker], 10:149; slightly edited). A little sin leads to more sin. Are you playing loosely with this perilous process of deliberately turning from the gospel of Christ? The business of the day may wipe it out as a sponge erases a record from a slate. To treat this exalted Son of God like a bug under one’s foot is an indescribably horrific sin! Hebrews 11:8 Call to the Unconverted, A Galatians 3:10 Canaan on Earth Deuteronomy 11:10-12 Carnal Mind Enmity Against God, The Romans 8:27 Caution to the Presumptuous, A 1 Corinthians 10:12 Chaff Driven Away, The Psalm 1:4 Character of Christ’s People, The John 17:16 Characteristics of Faith John 4:48 Chastisement Hebrews 12:15 But their interest in the things of God begins to wane, and the pressures and attractions of the world distract them further still, until they have no interest at all They may turn to another religion or to no religion at all. Newton observes that "Willfully stands at the front of the sentence (Ed: In the original Greek text) in an emphatic position as a reminder that the ones he addresses are not the weak or immature or ignorant or occasional doubters that are true believers but struggling with their perseverance. He hammers home with frightening force the terrors of impending judgment, but also the refuge of the cross. 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