God's hand is very helpful when it uplifts, but it is awful when it presses down: better a world on the shoulder, like Atlas, than God's hand on the heart, like David. That this is the point of the passage is clearly seen in Hebrews 10:29, where the “deliberate” sinners are described as those who have “trampled the Son of God under foot,” treated the “blood of the covenant” as something common (in other words, looked upon Jesus’ death as just any common criminal’s death) and “insulted the Spirit of grace.” This is deliberate sin, but deliberate in the sense that a person willfully is renouncing Christianity and rejecting Jesus, his death and the personal experience of the Spirit (which is the slander against the Holy Spirit condemned in Mk 3:28–29). The phrase shows that the author viewed the Holy Spirit as a person, not as just an influence, since He could be insulted. He called it a place “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48, citing Isa. 15.--"For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." We would therefore expect similar attitudes toward forgiveness of sin. But on the other hand, just because God's infinite mercy does not strike us down when we commit deliberate sin, his grace and mercy should never be treated as a invitation to live licentiously! Although some prominent evangelical leaders deny the doctrine of hell, we need to remember that Jesus spoke more about the terrors of hell than anyone else in the Bible. It is very easy to select a meaning, and then to say, that is what the text means, and very easy also to look at something which lies upon the surface; but I am not quite so sure that after several hours of meditation any brother would be able to ascertain what is the Spirit's …Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859, Hebrews x. Limiting this to temporal judgment, no matter how severe, does not do justice to the severity of the warnings. This poll includes many liberal and 'mainstream' ministers, but it would be naive to think that porn was not a problem for some Bible-believing ministers. Many came to a saving knowledge of Christ that day. Scripture: Hebrews 10:26–31. Had they received a distorted picture of Christianity there might have been hope, for one could correct the distortion. After a few more awkward moments, he waved his hand dismissively. WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES: esthiein (PAN) mellontos (PAPNSG) tous hupenantious: Consume (2068)(esthio) literally means to consume as when one eats or drinks but here is used figuratively meaning to destroy or devour with the implication of doing away with all traces of an object, in this case the adversary. God said to, I purpose, this morning, to handle the text thus. 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. Repent and let God restore you to fellowship. There are results. Though neighboring villages had tasted of the goodness of God in spiritual awakening, they had not. Do not be deceived (Stop being deceived)! But his heart has not been transformed by God’s saving grace (Ed: Jn 3:3, 5). He sits down, and He will not rise for any further sacrifice. When I stand on the platform and say, ‘God says,’ or ‘The Bible says,’ the Holy Spirit uses me. This is the second difficult warning passage in Hebrews (Heb 6:4, 5, 6, 7, 8 was the other). You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (Mt 25:41). Having Him I have obedience, rest, patience and everything I need. In the religion of the world, alas, in a great deal of the Christian teaching and the religious literature of our day, professing to honour the God of love whom the Bible reveals--these words are set aside and rejected. . First, we will read, mark, and learn it; and then, secondly, we will ask God's grace that we may inwardly digest it. The things that had once seemed important now seemed trivial. (ILLUSTRATION) To glimpse his passion, we can imagine ourselves as parents raising our children along a boulevard on which huge trucks regularly pass at great speed. Everything depends on where we carry the law of the Lord. One of the most significant problems churches face is the problem of false converts or apostates. He was the intrinsically wisest person that I’ve ever encountered in my life or in my readings. 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). We need other believers, the reminder of judgment and condemnation, and the reality of our future hope to keep us from wandering from this truth. 3. In one of the earliest records of God’s revelation of Himself, He said to Moses. (2) A second view is that the author is talking about genuine believers who renounce the faith, but the punishment he describes is not hell, but some awful temporal judgment (Zane Hodges, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, ed. 2, pp. “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!) Call to Worship: Psalm 100 . The Holiest of All, Hebrews 10:27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. What could one say about him except that this was a form of greatness?”. Fearful judgment, fierceness of fire, devouring the adversaries,--these words are in God's gospel; they follow close on its highest teaching; they are words He speaks to us in His Son. Dennett and LaScola’s work chronicles five different preachers who over time were presented with and accepted heretical teachings about Christianity and now have completely fallen away from the faith and are either pantheists or clandestine atheists. One particular switch begins with just the thinnest piece of steel to direct a train away from one main track to another. In classic Greek hamartano was used to describe a warrior who threw his spear but failed to strike his adversary or a traveler who missed his way. Counterfeit New Births - What the New Birth is Not! But what do these passages teach? Before we work through the text, I will give you the major options, beginning with the least likely, as I understand things. The Way into the Holiest. Therefore, we must understand that Jonathan Edwards’s passionate love for God and his flock was the reason he employed every tool in his considerable stores of logic and metaphor to plead for his people’s souls in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” He was less concerned with God’s wrath than with his grace, which was freely extended to sinners who repented. A man could go to the Levitical sacrifices twenty years running, and yet be … x. They reject that Christ is more excellent than the angels and Moses and all the Aaronic priesthood (Heb 1:5-2:9; Heb 3:1-6; Heb 5:1-10). x. I began to see all of life differently. This is the will of God, even your sanctification.' He further described those flames as “eternal fire,” which is the same word used for “eternal life” (Mt 25:41, 46). If Jesus understands human weakness and helps those who are tempted (Heb 2:17–18; 4:15), he is hardly going to fail to understand our failure. God is not just a little bit angry, but passionate with fury! But first let’s back up! Hi, this is Jimmy. If he were, then who could be saved (? And the Writer, by the use of this word, gives us to understand that he means by it not only a shallow historical notion about the Truth, but a living believing knowledge of it, which has laid hold of a man and fused him into union with itself.” Thus it is clear that the Jew who committed this sin, was fully informed by the Holy Spirit of the issues involved between the First Testament and the New Testament, and also of the meaning and the implications of the New Testament, (cp Heb 6:4-note, “who were once enlightened”) and therefore, he sinned with his eyes wide open. Willful describes that which is done intentionally or deliberately. While we do sometimes sin inadvertently, And things I'd never seen the meaning of or the essence of I began to appreciate for the first time." In 1945 at Winona Lake, Templeton met with other your fundamentalist leaders including a young Billy Graham to found what we now call Youth For Christ International. It means repudiating all that the author has argued for ten chapters on the supremacy and superiority of Jesus Christ, who is God’s final word to us. Then, suddenly, I did not see him anymore. Our warnings are couched in the most dramatic terms and lurid illustrations—“Do you know what happens to little children if…”—in the hope that somehow what we say will penetrate the imagination and thinking process of our children, so they will stay out of the deadly street! If we sin wilfully. In the course of our conversation I said, “But, Billy, it’s simply not possible any longer to believe, for instance, the biblical account of creation. 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? Don't harbor that sin, buried deep in the tent floor of your heart. And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. The church in Enfield contained baptized unbelievers who were barred from the Lord’s Table. But there is no God! By which will we have been sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.'--Heb. 38BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH;         AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. Apr 13, 1997. This passage recalls John’s warning in 1 Jn 2:19 concerning those who “went out (active voice = expresses a decision of one's will, a volitional choice) from us” where their departure (compare "apostasy") was clear indication that they were not genuine believers. Or, it could mean viewing the death of Jesus as a common death. 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? FULL RESPONSIBILITY! Hard Sayings of the Bible: Walter C. Kaiser Jr. Hebrews 6:4-8 When Repentance Becomes Impossible, Take about 45 minutes and listen to Max Maclean's reading of the sermon with about 4 minute introduction by R C Sproul - if you dare, give it a listen -. But his secret was now public and there was no turning back. (Nu 16:35). DEEPLY as our feelings may be moved on a day such as this, deeply as our hearts may be affected with a sense of sin, and at the same time filled with thankfulness for the mercy from on high, that planned to save us by God not sparing His own Son, we can only be sure of having found the right and true use of the day, when we bring our thoughts and feelings to the test of Scripture. But His judgment is real and it is no joke! The National Association of Evangelicals in 1946 named Templeton one of the “best used of God.” So what happened? (2Th 1:8, 9, 10). These apostates knew that Christ is God’s only, once-for-all sacrifice, who fulfilled and thus abolished the Old Testament sacrificial system. . Go on sinning (264) (hamartano) means to miss a mark and in this context means to miss God's will. He sits under the preaching of the Word and even agrees with it intellectually (Hebrews 10:26, he has received “the knowledge of the truth”). But He is terrifying in His judgment against those who reject His Son, who is the only sacrifice for sin. James 1:13-16 explains the sequential process that almost invariably follows when we begin to deliberate (verb) over whether to sin or not to sin... Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. The word is hekousios, which means, “voluntarily, of one’s own accord.” It is opposed to sins committed inconsiderately, and from ignorance or weakness. If it only rests in the memory, any vagrant care may snatch it away. . 8-12. Its crippling power will grow. Simply put, they can't habitually, willfully, deliberately, continually sin because God's holy "seed abides in (them)… because (they are) born of God." He knows more than enough to be saved. A kind, generous man offers to take this man to the hospital, pay all of his bills, and then to bequeath on him all that he would ever need in life. - Ro 8:13+). Others who were more tolerant extended Hermas’ concession indefinitely, but demanded penance. His commitment was total and led to his own death, much to the detriment of the world. When we, as believers, confess our sins, we receive parental forgiveness (1Jn 1:9); this maintains fellowship with God our Father. Charles Spurgeon tells about a church that was asked to accept as their minister a man who did not believe in hell. . . There are a few resources that suggest there is very little difference between gnósis and epignosis. “But that is not the point. Must never be ignored; So, it is a hypothetical warning used to frighten believers away from leaving the faith (Homer Kent, The Epistle to the Hebrews [Baker], pp. Everything good I know, everything decent I know, everything pure I know, I learned from Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Twenty-Eighth Day. Brad was a bible teacher and had taught Sunday school at their former church. This is a serious and hopefully sobering warning. And my iniquity have I not hid. knew (SPEAKS OF INTIMACY, FELLOWSHIP, ONENESS, COMMUNION) you; DEPART (command) FROM ME, (THEIR PRACTICE CONDEMNS THEM! We sin because we choose to sin! They have received the unadulterated truth! As we have seen before (Heb 3:7; 8:8; 10:15), for this author what Scripture says, God says. Surely this was a small act, unlike murder or even theft. The particular intellectual problem I was wrestling with, for the first time since my conversion as a teenager, was the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. When the law of God is taken into the heart, it is no longer something merely remembered: it is something …John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year, Provoking Each Other to Love and Good Works. The Greek has it, “If we go on sinning wilfully,” stress being placed upon the habitual aspect of the sin. From 1944 to 1948, Templeton’s evangelistic rallies packed 2,800 young people into the auditorium of Toronto’s Massey Hall. A thought is never secure until it has passed from the mind into the heart, and has become a desire, an aspiration, a passion. Hebrews 10:26-31 "Satan's Greatest Lie" - Duration: 55:58. It is not those who are notorious sinners. God's "burning anger" is frequently pictured in the Old Testament and here are a few examples - 250 men who rebelled w/ Korah = Nu 16:35; Against Judah = Jer 4:4; Nineveh = Na 1:5, 6; Zeph 1:18 (the fire of His jealousy); Zeph 3:8; Mal 4:1; Ps 79:5. Woe to Those Who Trample the Son of God. I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord. (2 Sa 12:10), 8. I said. They clearly understood the truth they had heard about Jesus. July 17. 15.--"For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." - What do I mean by prototype? The man on the left is Charles Templeton. That’s young Billy Graham! My single hand shall destroy the edifice it took twelve apostles to rear.”. There is no sin worthy of separating us from our Father. 3475 Mainway PO Box 5070, STN LCD 1 Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8. And in the third application he encourages them to endure their present persecution in light of how God has worked in them formerly and what he has promised for their future (Heb 10:32-39). We are not at liberty to sin willfully or deliberately. Twenty-Eighth Day. 24:10-23; Num. --HEBREWS x. How can I have assurance of my salvation? The effect of the sermon was immediate. A sense of enormous guilt descended and invaded every part of me. Doing something of one's own free will = voluntarily, deliberately, willfully, intentionally. . (Heb 13:17), 6. 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". You may protest, “But that’s the God of the Old Testament. When the law of God is taken into the heart, it is no longer something merely remembered: it is something, My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year, (New Year's Sermon.) 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, This is the will of God, even your sanctification.' A total of 18 percent of clergy said they visit sexually explicit Web sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week. Watch over your heart with all diligence. (2 Pe 2:18-19, Pr 5:22), 2. Romans 8:13+. The sin here mentioned is a total and final apostasy, when men with a full and fixed will and resolution despise and reject Christ, the only Saviour, -- despise and resist the Spirit, the only Sanctifier, -- and despise and renounce the gospel, the only way of salvation, and the words of eternal life; and all this after they have known, owned, and professed, the Christian religion, and continue to do so obstinately and maliciously.". 26, 27For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the Knowledge of the Truth, there remained, no more Sacrifice for Sin: but a certain fearful looking for of Judgment, and fiery Indignation, which shall devour the Adversaries. Have You come here to torment us before the time?" 2. 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! To treat this exalted Son of God like a bug under one’s foot is an indescribably horrific sin! Hebrews 10:1. 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. Even though he has been issuing this strong warning, the author has all along included himself with his readers by using the first person plural (“Let us,” Heb 10:22, 23, 24; “we,” 10:26, 30). In the will of God we have the union of His Wisdom and Power. Should he commit this sin, there would remain no more sacrifice for sin. Paul commanding believer to "make no provision (stop making provision - pronoia - present imperative with a negative) for the flesh in regard to its lusts." Hebrews 10:26 Parallel Commentaries (b) A second way to understand “sanctified” is that it refers to outward sanctification in the sense of being identified with God’s people, but not to the person’s true heart condition before God. his transgressions will not prosper (Be profitable, succeed. About three years later, I met a mutual friend and asked if she knew what had happened to him. The Epistle of Hebrews was written to a group of at-risk Jewish Christians who were tempted to turn away from Christ because of severe persecution. My sin may influence others to sin. TEXT: HEB. (Heb 12:5-11), 3. The problem with this view is that they have to explain away the many passages that clearly teach that salvation is God’s free gift, not based on anything in us, but only on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Only “after we have received the knowledge of the truth” is such an action so serious. To reiterate, these are NOT those willful sins most believers commit, but the immediate context defines this sin as one that continually forsakes the only means of grace God provides for salvation. To go on sinning willfully means deliberately and knowingly to renounce the faith by repudiating Christ’s sacrifice for sins. Blatant defiance of the word of the LORD is dealt with differently. Don’t know exactly how to take them. . Such will be the inescapable fate of all of those who are found to be “the enemies of God.” And such will be the case for any of us should we persist in a purposeful choice of deliberate and continual sin and persistent rejection of Jesus. There remains no more to be done by the Redeemer. Hebrews 6:4-6 Suggested Further Reading: Hebrews 10:26-39 God preserves his children from falling away; but he keeps them by the use of means; and one of these is, the terrors of the law, showing them what would happen if they were to fall away. . “I . 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