The supposition is that Edwards enjoyed afflicting his people and that the sermon was preached with pulpit-pounding vehemence. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), Barclay: All that we can expect is to wait in terror for judgment and for that flaming wrath which will consume the adversaries of God. by Frank Gaebelein [Zondervan], 2:830). This is the only means God has provided, and there is nothing more that can be said or done to save such a person. But what do these passages teach? He has accepted situation ethics, and sees everything as amoral. Sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership. Although the apostates had formerly been associated with God’s people, their rebellion has put them on the side of God’s adversaries (Heb 10:27). It is not the retention of salvation that is in the apostle’s mind, but the possession of it that would be shown by their continuance in the gospel. 66:24). There are a few resources that suggest there is very little difference between gnósis and epignosis. For a believer who commits willful sin the price of unconfessed sin is "steep". THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ABOUT Romans 13:14+ commands against such foolish logic (actually more like illogic or overt stupidity - Sin is stupidity!) The wrong way to interpret Hebrews 10:26. It means to act contrary to the will and law of God. For if we try to cover them 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. How foolish you are who are looking for signs and wonders or else you will not believe. Some evangelicals have denied the doctrine of hell as being “morally repugnant” and not worthy of God. (2 Pe 2:18-19, Pr 5:22), 2. The sap of his soul was dried, and the body through sympathy appeared to be bereft of its needful fluids. Sin will keep you longer than you ever thought you’d stay LEAVES NO ALTERNATIVE SACRIFICE, There no longer remains a sacrifice for sins - Rejection of the sacrifice of Christ leaves no alternative. (ED: BUT WHO BEGAN THOSE "PRIMITIVE BEGINNINGS? Hamartano emphasizes loss which always results from missing God's mark or target, His good and acceptable and perfect will (Ro 12:2). (Phillips: Touchstone). A captain of a ship, sailing between two harbours on a rocky coast, was once asked by an anxious passenger if the coast was not very dangerous. Warn anyone you know in this situation. 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. It was based upon a text from Deuteronomy 32:35, "Their foot shall slide in due time. But His judgment is real and it is no joke! (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Hebrews) (Bold added). For if we sin wilfully, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins. By so doing he demonstrates that the warnings are intended for the saved as well as for the unsaved. The only options are: Christ or judgment. I once conducted a funeral where I got to the service and read the little bulletin that the mortuary prints up. (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. 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 answer was, Very. These are surely words that should cause any enemy of God great woe. 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! No other rejecter of Christ ever had the exposure to God's truth, love, and grace as did Judas. On today's episode of ask Theocast, I'm going to be seeking to answer a question from one of our listeners, Zach, who asks about Hebrews chapter 10, verse 26, which says this: "If we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins." My sin may keep others from knowing Christ. The National Association of Evangelicals in 1946 named Templeton one of the “best used of God.” So what happened? In other words, the opposite would be apostasy. 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). knew (SPEAKS OF INTIMACY, FELLOWSHIP, ONENESS, COMMUNION) you; DEPART (command) FROM ME, (THEIR PRACTICE CONDEMNS THEM! This does not mean that the early church took sin lightly, deliberate or accidental. Most of his children were born out of wedlock and sent to a foundling home. Edwards' sermon made ten doctrinal points regarding the certainty of divine judgment for all who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, and among them I would identify the following: There is no want of power in God to cast men into hell at any moment… They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God's using his power at any moment to destroy them… They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell… They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell… There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hell-fire, if it were not for God's restraints… It is no security to wicked men for one moment, that there are no visible means of death at hand… All wicked men's pains and contrivance which they use to escape hell, while they continue to reject Christ, and so remain wicked men, do not secure them from hell one moment… God has laid himself under no obligation, by any promise, to keep any natural man out of hell one moment [Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. (James 1:13-16+). Returning briefly to the wrath of Hebrews 10:26-29: “[26] For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, [27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 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”). Apparently he had had enough of God, and simply turned away. God has no plan B! Brad followed her back and tried to reconcile with her. Steven Cole recognizing that the warning passages in Hebrews do not make for popular pulpit preaching introduces his sermon in Hebrews 10:26-31 with a pithy illustration…. Not repenting of such sin they continued to grow cold toward any thought of divine truth. Do not be deceived (suggesting some were being deceived - the teaching that you can be saved and live any way you please is not the true gospel of grace! They had known about the way of life, but they had not chosen to "receive" (Jn 1:11, 12) the truth. TEXT: HEB. 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. 35Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Charles Spurgeon tells about a church that was asked to accept as their minister a man who did not believe in hell. It is those who think, “I’m a child of Abraham! Take upon thee the burden of those who are asleep, and plead with Christ to use thee to warn and to save them. Exposure to such great light, makes them guilty of even greater condemnation! That person already knows and understands it all and has rejected it (Heb 6:4-6). 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". 1700 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. You may never have heard the name Charles Templeton, but you surely have heard the name Billy Graham. They are sinful and, of course, do not believe in Christ, because they have never heard of Him or of His claims. The Greek could be rendered, “a kind of fearful expectation.”(Hebrews Commentary online), Saul was an example of "willful sinning" in OT = see his terrifying expectation =, (Samuel who had died is supernaturally present and declares to Saul) Moreover the Lord will also give over Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines, therefore tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. 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.". miss . I promised God He would be the Lord of my life. Read Numbers 15:30–31. Heretics would not so be presented, only true believers. (See related studies on - The verb to believe = pisteuo; the noun faith = pistis), Other NT passages have a similar warning about the danger of those who profess to be believers, but who fail to continue in the faith and thereby demonstrate that they are not truly born again. 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. Before we work through the text, I will give you the major options, beginning with the least likely, as I understand things. In whirlwind and storm is His way, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet. The supposed benefits of sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience. (Jas 2:14, 15, 16, 17-note, Jas 2:18, 19, 20-note, Jas 2:21, 22, 23-note, Jas 2:24, 25, 26-note). But if there should be, what will become of me hereafter? For - The writer now elaborates on the exhortation of Hebrews 10:25 to not forsake the assembly of the church and return to Judaism. It is to place oneself on the side of God’s adversaries. (Jdg 16:25-27, Ps 35:15, Ps 69:12), 9. But his secret was now public and there was no turning back. It is to turn from the only way of salvation to an obsolete system that never could remove the guilt of sins (Heb 10:4-note). He describes such apostates by three phrases. And so we have in the life of Charles Templeton, a man who surely experienced all of the attributes described in Hebrews 6:4-5 and yet he fell away from all he had experienced from 1936 to 1948, over 20 years of evangelizing for Christ! 3:1-6). I have often thought of that statement in the ensuing years, and I continue to affirm the wisdom of those words. Or, it could mean viewing the death of Jesus as a common death. It is a doctrine with great practical ramifications. But they have developed a “sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God” (Heb 3:12). We will fail and fall, but it should always be the exception and never the rule, certainly not the habitual practice of our lives. I would give worlds, if I had them, that Age of Reason had not been published. Susan had a beautiful voice and sang specials in the church. It is a matter of historical fact that Edwards quietly read his sermons from tiny pieces of paper he held up in front of him. 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. This is a part of the description which God himself gave to Moses, of His own nature and attributes. All jokes aside, Hebrews 10:26 is an oft-abused scripture. It is not necessary to confess your secret sins to everyone, for it is none of their business. He has promised to sanctify you. He sighed deeply and wiped away a tear. Any sin called for rebuke and restoration or, if unrepented of, discipline (see Mt 18:15–20; 1 Cor 5:1–5). These people outwardly seem to be regenerate, but they are not truly so. Hebrews 2:3-note the writer asks his wavering readers "how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" From 1944 to 1948, Templeton’s evangelistic rallies packed 2,800 young people into the auditorium of Toronto’s Massey Hall. (The Only Options: Christ or Judgment? Scripture References Book of Hebrews. They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies. The main difficulty for this view is the phrase “by which he was sanctified” (Heb 10:29). Woe to Those Who Trample the Son of God. On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards arose as a substitute preacher to declare before them the word of the Lord, accompanied by his friend and co-laborer, Eleazer Wheelock who was later founder of Dartmouth College. Presented here is a verse by verse exposition of the New Testament. 2. 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. The years pass and they care nothing of the church of Jesus Christ, easily forsaking the church because they have forsaken the gospel of Christ. Spiritually speaking it would describe a "conversation" as it were with one's conscience regarding whether one should take a particular action in a certain direction! He knew the Lord intimately. 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. Instead, the pastors went down among the the people and prayed with them in groups. Hebrews 10:26 says that a person who sins willfully cannot be brought back to salvation. In his writings he advocated adultery and suicide, and for more than 20 years he lived in licentiousness. Apostasy is determined by what you leave, not where you go after you leave. Must never be ignored; 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? “And there are reputable scholars who don’t.”, “Who are these scholars?’ I said. It might be seen in young people that grew up in the church with Christian parents, hearing the gospel on a regular basis. How will I respond to the light I have been given? Spurgeon, Vol. 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. If you were to follow those two tracks, however, you would find that one ends in San Francisco, the other in New York. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), Barclay: For, if we deliberately sin after we have received full knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sin is left. He describes what would happen, not what has happened. 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. Christ, help me! 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. © 2018 Monergism by CPR Foundation. . Watch over your heart with all diligence. Sin is like that. The nurse who attended Voltaire in his last days said "For all the wealth in Europe I would not see another infidel (an opponent of Christianity who disbelieves the inspiration of the Scriptures, and the divine origin of Christianity) die. And my iniquity have I not hid. No (ouketi) means absolutely no longer. They clearly understood the truth they had heard about Jesus. The person is “set apart” from the world in the sense that he has joined with the church and its ordinances. 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.) He has in fact, as Delitzsch observes, shut the door of repentance behind him, by the very fact of his being in an abiding state of willing sin.” All of which means that this abandonment of the New Testament sacrifice, the Messiah, and the return to the abrogated sacrifices of the First Testament, was not a snap judgment on the part of this first century Jew, but a confirmed state of heart. Steven Cole in his sermon on Hebrews 10:26-31 emphasizes that…. Its crippling power will grow. When we, as believers, confess our sins, we receive parental forgiveness (1Jn 1:9); this maintains fellowship with God our Father. Such a person, regardless of outward appearances, had never truly committed his faith and life to Christ in the first place (1Jn 2:19+). God haters include depraved men like Voltaire who said of Christ the frightening words "Curse the wretch!… In twenty years Christianity will be no more. Instead put it under the blood! (Eph 5:16), 4. It is a pestilent disease! The context is not a person who is a believer and then one day ceases to be a believer (or loses their salvation). In short, these individuals have not been "short changed". Others who were more tolerant extended Hermas’ concession indefinitely, but demanded penance. Sometimes people will say, “I don’t believe in a God of judgment. Or the reckless choices of Samson? Jude cites the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah “as example of those who suffer punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7) and encourages his readers to “snatch others from the fire and save them” (Jude 1:23). But if you entrust yourself into the hands of Christ, which were pierced for you, you will find God’s abundant mercy and grace to cover all your sins! If we sin willfully reveals that this act is deliberate. I offer my sacrifices. 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. The God of both Testaments is the same God, who is rich in mercy and love towards all who repent of their sins and trust in Christ. My sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders. To such are addressed the thunderous warnings in verses 26–31, in which the brilliant writer summons his own prodigious logic and literary talents. The only ones who can commit this sin are those who have received “the knowledge of the truth.” These people had come into the church and had heard teaching on the meaning and significance of the death of Christ, such as the author has just given (Heb 10:1-18). (2 Sa 12:10), 8. (Jas 5:3). but . All rights reserved), The price of sin is very high Oh, poor troubled soul, rest on Him now. "oh, he's an atheist now," was the reply. 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). 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. When the author says, “if we go on sinning willfully,” he is not talking about the “normal” sins that every believer commits. In other words, in context this adverb modifies the present tense verb sinning indicating that this is a personal choice to deliberately rebel against the truth God has graciously revealed! Root word means to accomplish satisfactorily what is intended), but (O, the mercy of God) he who confesses and forsakes (leaves it in a lurch = not only giving it up but also actually "forgetting" it, so there is no longer desire for it) them will find compassion. God is not just a little bit angry, but passionate with fury! Titus 3:11 = "and is sinning, being self-condemned."). Yes . 'Lo, I am come to do Thy will. 'Lo, I am come to do Thy will. Sin Is Like An Insect! 14). This one despises His work on the cross. As we have seen before (Heb 3:7; 8:8; 10:15), for this author what Scripture says, God says. 30 'But the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from among his people. Here are a few examples to ponder…. “He was,” Templeton began, “the greatest human being who has ever lived. This is a part of the description which God himself gave to Moses, of His own nature and attributes. And so there was a possibility of their still sinning wilfully and being shut out for ever from the one sacrifice for sin. Don’t let sin break the connection. God's pardons are deep and thorough: the knife of mercy Twenty-Eighth Day. He has promised sanctification for you by coming to you Himself and being made of God to you sanctification. 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. A deliberate sin is not to be taken lightly. He was silent as to confession, but not as to sorrow. The "full" knowledge of the truth about Jesus the Great High Priest and His better covenant promises. 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