“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!) He was raised in the church and was a regular and dependable member, but I always felt that something was missing in his life. x. Without any pulpit antics, Edwards carefully followed his manuscript, delivering a picture of divine judgment upon sinful men, particularly upon those who were the baptized members of the Enfield church and yet gave no evidence of regenerate life. Once done, you cannot tell when you will be destroyed. He sits down, and He will not rise for any further sacrifice. You don’t dare stop thinking about the most important question in life. Let all who believe that it is indeed God who, by His Spirit speaks in this word, listen with holy fear. 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. The wrong way to interpret Hebrews 10:26. Reprinted by permission. We are not at liberty to sin willfully or deliberately. Gotquestions has an interesting (if not disturbing) quote related to apostasy -, A recent example of this process is a 2010 study done by prominent atheist Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola called “Preachers Who Are Not Believers”. What remains is the judgment of God. He is describing a hypothetical situation. He repeats it in Heb 10:31-note (the only other NT occurrence is in Heb 12:21-note). Apostasy is an intentional falling away or defection. If we reject Christ as God’s sacrifice for our sins, we will face His certain, terrifying judgment. 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. We can only tremble at the thought of the judgment awaiting them and take care that we stay far away from the slope that leads down into that pit. This one despises His work on the cross. They have not been given a "watered down" version of the good news. (1 Th 5:19, Eph 4:30, Jdg 16:19,20), 17. And at the end of the chapter (Heb 10:39+), the writer makes it clear that he considers himself a true believer by including himself in the "we" who do not "shrink back to destruction". And yet there they stand, and behind them stand the divine realities they express. If our salvation is eternally secure, why does the Bible warn so strongly against apostasy? 3. I don’t need a crucified Savior and His blood to atone for my sins!”. But there is no God! THE CONFESSION OF SALVATION REQUIRES ASSEMBLY. That person already knows and understands it all and has rejected it (Heb 6:4-6). (Da 5:6-note, Da 5:30-note), At the breaking of the fourth seal we see the God rejecting world's fearful reaction…, And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?" Such thinking is wide of the mark. As you study this difficult and disturbing passage, ask your Teacher the Spirit of Truth to lead you into all the Truth (Jn 14:26, 16:13, 1Jn 2:27, 1Cor 2:12), R Kent Hughes gives a superb introduction to this difficult passage - It is commonly thought by those who have only a passing recognition of Jonathan Edwards that his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was preached with sadistic glee to his bewildered congregation. He is alive forevermore. 'You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them. I have already explained that the best way to understand “sanctified” is in an outward sense, of being set apart with God’s people through public worship and outward confession of Christ. 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. This is similar to the unpardonable blasphemy against the Spirit of which Jesus spoke. There are a few resources that suggest there is very little difference between gnósis and epignosis. 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. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. The Way into the Holiest. HAVE YOU HEARD THE NAME “I . "Every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but this man," or priest--for the word "man" is not in the original "after he had offered one sacrifice for sins," had finished his work, and for ever, he "sat down." 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. Yet serious as their condition is, the possibility remains that all such people can be brought to repentance in one way or another. There will be no improvement in Christ. Why should it send off warning signals when someone pits the “Old Testament God” against the “New Testament God”? Willfully (1596) (hekousios from hekousios = voluntary) means willing to do something without being forced or pressured. None knows the pangs of conviction The word is hekousios, which means, “voluntarily, of one’s own accord.” It is opposed to sins committed inconsiderately, and from ignorance or weakness. "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.' . Counterfeit New Births - What the New Birth is Not! It is as if the sinner was about to attack God, or at least lifting his hand against God. How does this happen to one of the world’s greatest evangelist, who had dedicated himself to preaching the Gospel and founded organizations to promote the Gospel and even to be an encourager to the man we see as the “poster boy” of evangelism, Billy Graham? (The Peril of Playing Christian) (Bolding added). Wuest - Instead of a sacrifice for sin awaiting this apostate, there awaits him a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation. Retail: $39.99. And yet this is just your case. ", It was this same passage and context that was quoted in Hebrews 10:30 of our text. And just as so man modern men still do, for men's depraved, wicked hearts have not changed! The Greek has it, “If we go on sinning wilfully,” stress being placed upon the habitual aspect of the sin. (ED: BUT WHO BEGAN THOSE "PRIMITIVE BEGINNINGS? He is a superior priest to the Levitical priests (Heb 5:1-10; Heb 7:1-28). It quoted John 3:16 as follows: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only be-gotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.” It omitted ´shall not perish! They are rejecting or speaking against the revelation of Jesus Christ as the one in whom God has spoken with finality, Who created and upholds all things in the world, and Who as the Incarnate Son came to make purification for sins (Heb 1:1-3). The business of the day may wipe it out as a sponge erases a record from a slate. 19 You believe that God is one. Go on sinning (264) (hamartano) means to miss a mark and in this context means to miss God's will. My sin may keep others from knowing Christ. Sin will cost you more than you ever thought you’d pay. The Hebrew legislator had said to Jehovah: "I beseech thee show me thy glory." People don’t think of him that way, but they don’t read the Bible. The NIV gives an accurate sense of the present tense of the verb rendering it - "If we deliberately keep on sinning". and disobedient (apeithes), and worthless (adokimos) for any good deed. Fury of a fire - Literally = "zeal of fire" = a fiery passion. Spiritual light brings personal responsibility. It was a favorite jest in seminary to ask, Who wrote the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews, no one knows for sure. O Lord, how this message needs to be sounded forth boldly from the pulpits across America as so many I fear are deceived by their profession as indicated by their absence of a changed life. Texts: 2 Samuel 11:1-17. Provoking Each Other to Love and Good Works. This is a serious and hopefully sobering warning. Before we get into this terrifying passage, we need to understand the main issue the writer is addressing and that is the issue of sinning willfully. Save: $12.00 (30%) Buy Now. If we sin wilfully. The "full" knowledge of the truth about Jesus the Great High Priest and His better covenant promises. And as the writer of Hebrews warns, it is impossible to renew such a one again to repentance. Believers who commit such willful sins, will return to the Lord, for they are under too great a conviction to stay away permanently. Doing something of one's own free will = voluntarily, deliberately, willfully, intentionally. If such an spiritual transaction has not occurred, then such a person should be very careful to perform a self-examination (cp 2Cor 13:5+) to be absolutely certain there is tangible evidence a person is a possessor of Christ and not simply professor of Christ. Hebrews 10:26 says that a person who sins willfully cannot be brought back to salvation. It is useless to conceal it, for it is well known to God; it is beneficial to us to own it, for a full confession softens and humbles the heart. When we trust Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive forgiveness from the penalty of sins; that is judicial forgiveness. He was angry. Many years ago I had a friend who often went with me to Pershing Square in Los Angeles to witness. So do not let anyone tell you that you can lose your salvation if you willfully or deliberately sin. 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 also lines up with Hebrews 10:39-note, which contrasts those who shrink back to destruction with those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. The have become apostates, those who have abandoned what they previously professed. ". ")....‘I believe that, in common with all living creatures, we die and cease to exist as an entity.’ (page 233).". 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). The author has just shown how that Jesus is greater than Moses (Heb. I believe the Genesis account of creation because it’s in the Bible. To speak about God’s terrifying future judgment is not pleasant, but it is necessary, since the Bible clearly teaches that it will happen. In the meanwhile, they will be robbed of the Spirit given joy and peace, spiritual power, intimacy, etc. (1 Ti 3:2, 10), 11. Wheelock reported to a friend that these "thoughtless and vain" people were changed before the sermon ended so that they were "bowed down with an awful conviction of their sin and danger. Not only was the sin itself pardoned, but the iniquity of it; the virus of its guilt was put away, and that at once, so soon as the acknowledgment was made. Adversaries (5227) (hupenantios from hupo = intensifies + enantios = contrary > cp wind as contrary = Mt14:24 or people as hostile toward = 1Th 2:15) literally means set over against or opposite and thus an apt description of those who are opposed or contrary, those who are hostile toward another. The effect of the sermon was immediate. and here in Hebrews 10:27 essentially answers that question stating emphatically "If we neglect God's great salvation, we can't escape God's great fire"! If you are, then you need to remember the fate of the man with the pet boa constrictor (Do a Google search - use the following three words in your search keeping the quotation marks as written >> "pet boa" killed). 24 You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone. And so we see a living example of Hebrews 6:4-6+! 8-12. I . In Revelation, those who worship the beast “will be tormented with burning sulfur” (Re 14:10-note) while the beast, the devil, death, and Hades are all thrown into “the lake of burning sulfur” (Re 19:20-note; 20:9-note, 10-note, 14-note, 15-note) which is the “second death” (Rev 21:8-note). (Mt 8:29), Jesus describes the reaction of the Christ rejecting world when the events of the Great Tribulation begin to unfold…, "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Hamartano emphasizes loss which always results from missing God's mark or target, His good and acceptable and perfect will (Ro 12:2). 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. 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