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Book of Hebrews
Fifth Peril, despising (Heb.10:26-39)
The main subject of this chapter is the Sacrifice that Christ has made for sin, and the penalties which flow from the FACT that Jesus has made a sufficient atonement. In chapter 9, the writer had shown that the Jewish rites were intended to be temporary and symbolic, and that the offerings which were made under that dispensation could never remove sin. In this chapter he shows that the TRUE Sacrifice had been made by which sin could be pardoned, and that some very important results followed that fact. Sacrifice was the most important part of the Jewish lifestyle, and was also the indispensable thing in the Gospel dispensation. Because of this, the writer dwells upon it at great length.
Chapter 10 embraces the following topics:
#1. The writer repeats what he had said before about the ineffectiveness of the sacrifices made under the law (Heb.10:1-4). The law was a mere shadow, a schoolmaster (Gal.3:24), teacher of good things to come, and the sacrifices which were made under it could never make anyone perfect. This was proven by the fact that they continued constantly to offer sacrifices.
#2. In regard to those sacrifices, a better Offering had been provided in the Gospel by the Redeemer (Heb.10:5-10). A Body had been prepared Jesus for this work; and when God had said that He had no pleasure in the offerings under the law, Christ came in and offered his Body once for all . . . and THAT Sacrifice DID make an effective atonement for sin.
#3. This passion the writer further illustrates by showing how this one great Offering was connected with the forgiveness of sins (Heb.10:11-18). Under the Jewish dispensation sacrifices were repeated every day; but under the Gospel dispensation, when the sacrifice was ONCE made, He who had offered it, sat down for ever on the right hand of God, because His great work was done to perfection. Having done this, He looked forward to the time when His work would have full effect, and when His enemies would be made His footstool (Ps.110:1; Mat.2244; Heb.1:13; 10:13). This was to be the effect of the Offering made by the Messiah, the writer then proves this from the Scriptures. Jer. 31:33-34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (KJV)
Under the Gospel of grace, the laws of God would be written on the heart, and sin would be remembered no more. There must be, the writer concluded, some way by which this was to be secured, and this was by Jesus’ great Sacrifice on the cross, which had the effect of perfecting for ever those who were sanctified.
#4. Since it was a known FACT that such an atonement had been made, that that ONE great Offering for sin had been presented to God the Father, which was NEVER to be repeated . . . there were certain results which followed from that Sacrificial Offering, which the writer then proceeds to state (Heb.10:19-25).
- the privilege of drawing near to God with full assurance of faith (heb.10:22).
- the duty of holding fast the profession of faith without wavering (Heb.10:23)
- the duty of encouraging one another to faithfulness and good works (Heb.10:24)
- the duty of assembling for public worship, because they had a High Priest in Heaven, and now might draw near to God (Heb.10:25)
#5. As a reason for faithfulness and loyalty in a righteous life, and to embrace the offer of mercy that was made through the ONE Sacrifice on the cross. The writer warns of the result which would follow the rejection of that atonement, and especially after having known the Truth (Heb.10:26-31). The result would be certain destruction. If salvation was rejected, there would be nothing left except a dreadful view of Judgment Day, for there is NO other way of salvation (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). The writer refers to what the effect was for disobedience, under the Law of Moses, and says that because of the greater light of the Gospel, a much more fearful result would follow.
#6. Chapter10 closes with an encouragement to faithfulness and perseverance (Heb.10;32-39). The writer reminds those to whom he wrote of what they had already endured; urging them by praise of what they had already done, stating that they continue on with patience, for the time of their deliverance from all trial was not far off, for IF any drew back, God could have no pleasure in him. The close of the chapter make reference to the subject of FAITH, and the writer continues in the following chapter to illustrate the value of FAITH in depth. The purpose of the whole of this chapter is to encourage Christians to make unwavering efforts for salvation; to guard them against the danger of apostasy; and to urge them to bear their trials with patience and persistence, while willingly submitting to the will of God, telling them that it was their duty to live by faith (Hab.2:4).
Without a chapter break, the writer of this Letter continues with the subject of the Superior Sacrifice of Jesus!
Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (KJV)
For the law having a shadow of good things to come . . . the writer ended chapter 9 saying that IF Christ failed to save people in His death at His First Coming, there would be nothing for them afterward except judgment. IF you reject Christ Jesus as Saviour, you certainly will have nothing but judgment.
And not the very image of the things . . . the old covenant did not provide a good picture of Christ, nor the substance of things, nor a clear revelation of them, as is made in the Gospel. Neither did it display a clear description of them. It only gave some dark, tiny hints of future good things, but did not really describe them, so they
Can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually . . . the sacrifices of bullocks and goats, which were offered on the Day of Atonement, year after year. Such sacrifices, so often repeated, could never
Make the comers thereunto perfect . . . neither the priests nor the people that brought sacrifices could be made perfect by them.
The nation of Israel had the Old Testament, which was, and still is, a Book of what God expects from His people. I think that is why so many miss its meaning. There are those who try to find something dark and deep in it, but dear one, it is a simple Photo Album in which God is trying to tell all His little children (1 Jn.2:1,12-13,18,28; 3:7,18; 4:4; 5:21), that He died for us. It is just as simple as that.
There is another thing that is very important; that being that the Law had to do with the earthly tabernacle and its sacrifices. Christ Jesus finished all of that, because He fulfilled the Law (Mat.5:17), with His once for all Sacrifice. Since that time, we are now on a different basis, a better and totally higher plane. Our awesome God wants to bring joy into our lives. The Law could NEVER do that because it NEVER promised joy. There was thunder and lightning (Ex.19:16), and people died when they disobeyed the Law (Num.16:30,32; 26:10).
Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (KJV)
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins . . . IF the sacrifice they offered back then could have taken away their guilt, one sacrifice would have been enough. It is interesting to consider that after the Lord Jesus died, it was only a few years until the Temple was destroyed. And to this day, Israel has NOT been able to put up another Temple. WHY? I think the answer is that when Christ Jesus became the ONCE for all Sacrifice, there was no need for the tabernacle and Temple. Israel is not offering sacrifices today. It is only through the application of the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19), that anyone can have peace with God, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Hebrews 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. (KJV)
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year . . . all those sacrifices did was to remind the Jews that the sacrificial system was not perfect, or they would not have to keep coming back each year to repeat it.
This proves the imperfection and insufficiency of such sacrifices, for there was a remembrance of sins by God, before whom the goats were presented, their blood was sprinkled, and the people cleansed (Lev.16:7,14,15,30), and there was a remembrance of them by the people (Lev.16:29,31), and there was a remembrance of them by the high priest, who confessed them over, and put them upon the head of the goat (Lev.16:21) by which it was owned, that these sins were committed; that they deserved death, the curse of the law; that the punishment of them was undertaken by another, symbolized by the goat. There really was NO remission, only a symbolic one, but the sins remained, for they required a more perfect sacrifice, which was yet to be offered up. Ceremonial sacrifices were far from bringing a forgetfulness of sins, quite the opposite, they brought remembrance.
Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (KJV)
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins . . . the blood of the animal sacrifices simply covered over the sins until the Lamb of God would come to take away the sins of the world (Jn.1:29). There is a great need for sin to be taken away, or else it would be remembered; and there will be a conscience of it. It must be answered for, or it will remain and the curse and penalty of the law must take place, but it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. ONLY the Blood of Jesus can totally remove sin!
Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (KJV)
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me . . . this was said by David in Psalm 40:7-8, not by Jesus, and was said in David’s own times, because both sacrifice and offering were desired and required in his times. David was not able to do the will of God, so he could not fulfil the law, and make void legal sacrifices. David looks forward to the better times of the Messiah!
Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (KJV)
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure . . . this is not quoted literally from the Psalm, but the sense is retained. I think this means spiritual sacrifices, such as those of praise and thanksgiving were preferred above burnt offerings. Sacrifice of praise: (Ps.27:6; 69:30-31; Jer.17:26; 33:11; Heb.13:15). Again, looking for the time was up that Christ should come into the world.
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. (KJV)
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God . . . the writer applies this directly to Christ, showing that He did consider the Passage in the Psalms as referring to Him as the speaker. Lo, I come . . . come into the world. It is not easy to see how this could be applied to David in any circumstance of his life (verse 5).
In the prophetic voice of David, Christ Himself was speaking of His Coming to accomplish redemption. The Son of God took on a human Body to prepare Himself for Sacrifice because He wanted to obey His Father's desire. He would undertake to do God’s will . . . that He should die for the sins of the world (Jn.1:29; 1 Jn.2:2), in order that ALL who believe may be saved, NOT by any animal sacrifices (Heb.10:6), but by His death. So complete is the inspiration of all that is written, and so great the authority of the Psalms, that what David says is really what Christ then and there said. The Bible is awesome!
Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; (KJV)
Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law . . . this verse combines the two clauses previously quoted (verses 5-6), in contrast to the Sacrifice of Christ with which God was well pleased (Ps.40:7-8). All kinds of old covenant sacrifices mentioned, show that they ALL were imperfect and insufficient, and are ended. The repeal of them is stated in the strongest terms, showing that God took NO pleasure in them. God will not have them, nor accept them any more.
Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. (KJV)
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God . . . seer verse 7. In this verse the writer brings together the psalmist's statement of God the Father's accepting Jesus’ Sacrifice, the Offering that was perfectly agreeable to His will, while He was displeased with the legal ones, this being revealed to David, when David was then using them according to the law.
God has taken away the old covenant (the law), that He might establish the new covenant, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He caused the first covenant to vanish away, that a place might be found for the second, or new covenant of the Gospel. He has changed and abolished the priesthood of Aaron, that he might confirm the unchangeable priesthood of Christ. He has taken away that which was first spoken of namely: sacrifice, offering, burnt offerings and sin offerings; these He has removed and rejected as unimportant and useless, that He might establish the once for all Sacrifice of Christ, offered up according to the will of God, and by which His will is done.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (KJV)
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all . . . meaning by the once for all Sacrifice of Christ, which was willingly offered up by Jesus Himself, and was in perfect agreement with the will of God (Acts 2:23); it was God’s will that Christ should be crucified and slain; and it was God’s will that He should lay down His life for His people; and it was well pleasing to Him, that His soul should be made an perfect Offering for sin, because that was the only Way the people of God could be purified, sanctified, their sins perfectly expiated, and the full pardon of them is obtained. Only through Jesus’ Sacrifice can anyone be completely justified from sin, and their consciences purged from it.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (KJV)
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins . . . the yearly repeated ceremonial sacrifices could NEVER perfect a sinner, it was only the once for all Perfect Sacrifice of Christ, that could do that! The Holy Spirit proceeds to prove, neither could the daily ceremonial sacrifices perfect a sinner. It would be much better for these Hebrews, if they would stop all these, and depend only upon Christ's Sacrifice. The ceremonial offerings could only cover the sin; they were an atonement, but they could NEVER take away sins. The offerings simply reminded people that they were sinners and that the sin question had not yet been settled, not even with these many repeated offerings, for even the sins of Old Testament saints waited for atonement by Christ (Rom.3:25; Heb.9:15).
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (KJV)
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God . . . Christ Jesus is the Man! Jesus was NOT just a mere man; but a Great High Priest, who came to do the will of God, and whose precious Body was offered once for all. After His Work on the cross, He sat down on the right hand of God. WHY did He sit down? Jesus sat down because His work was finished . . . "one sacrifice for sins for ever."
It is so sad that so many cults refuse to believe this! They are calling God a “LIAR.”
Hebrews 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (KJV)
From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool . . . according to God's Promise and declaration to Him (Ps.110:1). Till his enemies be made his footstool (Heb.1:13).
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (KJV)
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified . . . the same as before, Jesus Himself, Body and Soul finished the task He was sent to do. That is why He sat down! And for this reason He is set down, and will continue so for ever, and why He expects His enemies to be made his footstool; because by ONE Sacrifice for sin, which He has once offered.
Hebrews 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, (KJV)
Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before . . . (Jer.31:33-34). This is a prelude to the following quote which shows that the books of the Old Testament are of divine original and authority; and that the penmen of them were inspired by the Holy Ghost; and that He certainly DID exist in the times of the Old Testament, and that He is truly and rightly God, that speaks in the following verses.
Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (KJV)
This is the covenant that I will make with them . . . see Heb.8:10.
Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (KJV)
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. . . . see Heb.8:12. The words are quoted here for a different purpose. The main thing for which they are quoted here, is to observe God's Promise to remember sin no more after it is repented of and confessed (1 Jn.1:8-9).
In this section of Hebrews, there is a great division . . . like a Grand Canyon which is placed between the old covenant and the new covenant. We must remember that God gave both of them. In verse 9, it says, "He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." He took away the first covenant so He could establish the second covenant. When the precious Lord Jesus died on that cross, something very important happened . . . the veil was rent in twain Mat.27:51; Mk.15:38). It was NO longer necessary for men to come to God through the sacrifice of the blood of bulls and goats! The Lord Jesus had made a way to God for us through His own Sacrifice, His own Body. We can access God directly now! (Rom.5:1-2).
Verse 10 says, "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once."
It is interesting that ever since the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 by Titus the Roman, there has been no bloody sacrifice offered in Jerusalem. Christ took away the first that He might establish the second. This is extremely important. That first covenant had many rules and regulations. The old covenant was a Law, a ceremonial law with many details in regard to the sacrifices.
Today in the new covenant we are under a completely different system. 2 Cor. 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (KJV) . . . Some fools have come up with the ridiculous interpretation that this verse means they should not study the Bible! They say that "the letter" means the Bible and it is the Spirit that gives life. Clearly, the letter refers to the Law, the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments brought death, because NO one could keep them! The Law kills. The Law NEVER saved anyone. It kills because it brings a person under the wrath and judgment of God. And the penalty of sin is death, eternal death in Hell!
It is the Spirit who gives life, and you and I are living in this day when the Holy Spirit is the One who regenerates us, who leads us, and who shows us the will of God.
Hebrews 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (KJV)
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin . . . perfect forgiveness of sins comes from God's grace (Eph.2:8-9), by the ONE Sacrifice of His only begotten Son (Jn.3:16), offered just ONCE, accomplished for repentant believers for ever, as the Promise guaranteed (Jer.31:34). God will in no way remember their sins, but will forgive them for ever; so there need not be any repetition of that sacrifice again, or of any other sacrifice for sin. The sacrificial system began with Abel and ended with the death of Christ. This verse concludes the doctrinal section.
Encouragement (Hebrews 10:19-25)
Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (KJV)
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus . . . boldness is confidence. It does NOT mean arrogance. Please consider this carefully . . . HOW do we get into the holiest, into God's Presence? By having confidence in the Blood of Jesus. To have confidence is to be assured God will hear us and do as He has promised. It is to trust Him. It is to have faith in Him. It is to believe Him (1 Jn.5:10-13).
Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (KJV)
By a new and living way . . . the new way is Christ Jesus, the God-Man, Mediator and High Priest. Christ is a "living way", as opposed to the dead carcasses of slain beasts, and to the dead and killing letter of the law. Christ gives life to all His people; and all that walk in Him live and never die.
Which he hath consecrated for us . . . Christ Jesus Himself made, finished and opened to them that they might walk therein, and reach the Home of God. Nothing could obstruct or hinder them in it, because He perfected it totally.
Through the veil, that is to say, his flesh . . . when Christ dismissed His spirit as He hung on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn in two, which opened the way into the very Presence of the Father. Now we have an invitation, to go to Him in prayer. We have a High Priest at the right hand of God interceding for us! Thank You Jesus!
There is no longer any veil separating us from God any more. Jesus took care of that for us. Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV)
Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God; (KJV)
And having an high priest over the house of God . . . we have a tremendous privilege to have an Advocate (1 Jn.2:1) with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous, who always lives to make intercession for us.
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)
Let us draw near with a true heart . . . this has to do with the commitment of priests in the Aaronic priesthood. Moses sprinkled them with the water of dedication. They had to be washed, meaning that they were set apart for the service of God. In a like manner, our dedication to God enables us to draw near with a true heart.
In full assurance of faith . . . in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Without faith, drawing near to God is neither acceptable to Him, nor of service to men; and a full assurance of faith, has nothing to do with the amount of our faith; but has everything to do with the OBJECT of our faith.
Faith is not just believing that there is a God, but also means that you should have a knowledge of God and know the way of righteousness, and that you should act upon that faith. TRUE faith means that you have sincerely received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. That has been made very clear to us. John 1:11-13 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV) . . . You must be born again into the family of God (Jn.3:3-8).
God has put down a foundation for our faith. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor.3:11). When we build on that foundation, friend, that is knowledge, that is wisdom, but it is FAITH that puts you there. Faith is action . . . based on knowledge of God. It means that you can believe all that God tells you because He cannot lie (Tit.1:2), which means you can trust Christ personally to save you.
Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience . . . only the Blood of Christ, can purge our conscience from dead works, cleanses it from all sin, and can speak peace and pardon to it. And we can do it with great boldness and freedom, being eager and cheerful, and do it with reverence and godly fear.
And our bodies washed with pure water . . . NOT water baptism, but with the grace of the Spirit. Eph. 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (KJV)
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (KJV)
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering . . . faith has within it, the thought of hope. We should draw near to God, but we must hold tight to our faith while we do it, because only Jesus can provide us a hope for the future (Tit.1:2). How wonderful it is that we can come near to God in the full assurance of faith. (Heb.4:14).
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (KJV)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works . . . we should respect the welfare of others as to try to provoke (excite) them to persevere (persist, hang in there) in the Christian life. We should not be selfishly concerned with only our own interests (Phil.2:4). We should have a kind compassion for others. We should strengthen each other in trials, and encourage each other in their work.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV)
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching . . . if there ever was a time when believers needed to come together, it is today. Instead of tearing down each other, we need to draw together in love around the person of Christ. Exhorting one another . . . we need to study the Word of God together. God has something for a group that He will not give to any one individual. We are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
I think verses 22-25 present three marvelous graces: faith, hope, and love. How practical this Letter is! As ye see the day approaching . . . to the Jewish people, to whom this Letter is addressed, the day approaching most likely meant the day when their Temple would be destroyed, which it was in A.D. 70. We must remember that the believers were meeting together in the Temple. That is where they were on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came. Peter and John were going into the Temple when they met the lame man at the Beautiful gate (Acts 3:2,10). Where will they assemble after the Temple is destroyed? The writer is giving them advice. As you see the day approaching . . . when you no longer have this meeting place, you must keep meeting together. It was after then Temple was destroyed that the church started by meeting in private homes.
Signal: The Peril of Despising (Hebrews 10:26-39)
This is the most solemn warning of all. It is a fearful thing indeed, to fall into the hands of the living God! BEWARE!!!
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (KJV)
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins . . . it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Simon Peter said: 2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. (KJV)
WHY this warning to these Hebrew believers? Because many of them continued to go to the Temple and some were actually offering bloody sacrifices there. They were pretending that they were still under the Mosaic Law. In so doing this, they also made it perfectly clear that they did not consider the once for all Sacrifice of Christ to be sufficient. What about today? Think of all the people in today’s world, who think that they must DO something to be redeemed, to do something to receive salvation! They simply do not believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13). They simply do not think the Blood of Jesus is enough to pardon their sins, nor to save them from Hell.
Since the bloody animal sacrifices looked forward to Christ's once for all Sacrifice . . . when Christ Jesus had died on the Cross, all of that was fulfilled. Because of this, what had been done before in obedience to God's command, AFTER Jesus’ Sacrifice, the bloody sacrifices of the old covenant now had become willful sin. To continue to offer blood sacrifices which had been fulfilled by Christ was a frightful, terrible thing. The Hebrews were acting as if the Temple sacrifices were going to go on forever. The writer to the Hebrews is clearly telling them that they CANNOT look to the Temple anymore, because there is NO longer needed a sacrifice for sin. Jesus paid it all! If a person rejects the Truth of Christ's death for sin, there is absolutely NO other sacrifice for sin available, and there is NO other way to come to God.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. . . . VERY CLEAR! Why can’t people see this?
AFTER the death of Jesus on the cross, ALL people are to look to Christ, NOT to the Temple! If ANYONE refuses to do this, there is nothing left for them but the wrath of God and His judgment. The Word of God states this very clearly. There is absolutely NO doubt about this!
"If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth." This means to go on sinning willfully by offering the sacrifices. It is an arrogant defiance toward the Word of God which God considers willful rebellion. There is absolutely NO more sacrifice in the Old Testament or the New Testament for arrogant and presumptuous sins.
See our article: http://www.hisservants.org/hard_heb.10.26_h_s.htm
Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (KJV)
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries . . . if the death of Jesus over two thousand years ago was not enough, then NOTHING is enough! God has NO plans to do anything more to redeem us. Christ is NOT going to die again . . . because it is NOT necessary for Him to do so. It is willful disobedience on the part of those who "have received the knowledge of the truth" (verse 26), to continue with the Temple ritual and offering of sacrifices then . . . and it is willful disobedience today for all those think they have to perform cultic ceremonies, rites and rituals. God’s fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries means they simply are bringing down the wrath of God on themselves!
This fiery indignation is NOT to be understood of the supposed (fictional) fire of purgatory. The doctrine of purgatory is a damnable heresy(2 Pet.2:1) that is NO where to be found in the pages of God’s Holy Word! The severity of God's justice, and the unbearable agony of future punishment, is said to devour the adversaries; not just the open ones, but all those secret, lying, deceitful enemies. Such apostates are to God the Father, Christ Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit; to the Gospel, its doctrine and ordinances; and to the children of God, and shall bring down the fire of God's wrath, and they shall be devoured . . . NOT annihilated, but be ETERNALLY destroyed, both soul and body . . . meaning everlasting punishment in Hell. You absolutely do NOT want everlasting destruction (2 Thes.1:9). See our articles on An Apostate World: http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_apostate_world.htm
And Hell: http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_apostate_world.htm And Promises of God’s Wrath: http://www.judgmentcoming.org/1_promises_god's_wrath.htm
Now the writer makes a comparison.
Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: (KJV)
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses . . . by breaking the Law arrogantly and wilfully, there was no sacrifice. This means the Law which Moses was the minister of, not the author. GOD is the Author! This speaks of the whole body of laws given to Moses from God; and is an example for the sake of the comparison between Moses and Christ, and between the Law and the Gospel, and to illustrate the case at hand. Anyone that disobeyed the Law, either in whole, or in part (Gal.3:10), by denying it entirely, or by breaking a certain rule of it shamelessly, died without mercy . . . a physical death, for there was NO atonement, NO sacrifice for him, NO pity shown to him (Deut.13:8-10; 19:13). Under two or three witnesses . . . who were present when the transgression was committed; or that accused him (Deut.17:6; 19:15). See our articles on different Deaths: http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
The following Passage is probably the most frightening, profound and solemn statement in the entire Word of God. Please consider it VERY carefully. BEWARE!!!
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (KJV)
Of how much sorer punishment . . . think just how much WORSE eternal punishment will be than a mere physical death, which was the punishment inflicted on the transgressors of the law of Moses. Humans consist body, soul and spirit (1 Thes.5:23). The body of most people shall experience death . . . BUT . . . the soul, the spirit is ETERNAL. Do you think that Almighty God would forget what was done by the person who arrogantly disobeyed Him on Judgment Day? NO way my friend! Every person who has ever lived, shall come before Judge Jesus on Judgment Day! Believe it. It is Fact! See articles on Judgment:
Suppose ye . . . the writer appeals to the Hebrews themselves, making them judges of what punishment. We too should judge ourselves so God does not have to do it! 1 Cor.11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (KJV)
Shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God . . . this seems to be a stronger and worse statement than crucifying Him again (Heb.6:6). It should be understood, not of what was in fact committed, but what was in the minds of people. Dear one, God knows our every thought (Eze.11:5; Isa.42:9; 46:9-10; 66:18). You CANNOT hide anything from God! Ever!
There are millions who try to pull JESUS from His throne, they trample on Him, they blaspheme Him! To trod under foot the Son of God expresses maximum contempt, scorn and ill usage of Him. The ones who are guilty are those who deny His deity (that He is God), deny His eternal Son-ship (Jn.1:1-2); who render Him useless in His offices, devalue His Sacrifice, despise His righteousness, and who strip Him of the glory of His Person, office and grace. This is greatly worsened by His being the only begotten Son of God (Jn.3:16), who is so terribly used, Who became the Son of Man (Jn.1:14), only to die for sinful mankind. Dear one, Jesus died on the cross to redeem you and me. Jesus IS God! (Jn.10:30).
And hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing . . . if anyone counts the precious Blood of Jesus (1 Pet.1:18-19), as unholy (a common thing), placing it on the same level with the blood of a bullock, they are treading under foot the Son of God! I cannot tell you just how serious this sin is! BEWARE!!!
And hath done despite unto the spirit of grace . . . by denying His Being, His deity, His Personality, His Sacrifice . . . and as a result despise His love, His power, and treating His extraordinary gifts as delusions; and ascribing His miracles to Satan (Lk.11:15-19), and representing the Gospel spoken by Him as a myth or a lie . . . all this is aggravated by His being "the spirit of grace" . . . the author, giver and applier of all grace to the saints. Because of this, Jesus should NEVER be in any way slighted, but just the exact opposite . . . He should be highly esteemed, honored and praised! NO disrespects, NO insults shall go unpunished.
To act as if the death of Christ is inadequate to settle the sin question, and to go on as if He had not died, is to treat the blood of Christ as something you despise. Knowledge creates responsibility. If, after you have heard the Gospel, you then turn your back on Christ Jesus . . . the Bible says that you are going to Hell! This is not what I say; it is what God says.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. (KJV)
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompence, saith the Lord . . . vengeance belongs to God, not as to the affection, for there is no such desire in Him. God truly is a God of love . . . BUT . . . He will take willful disobedience just so long and then His Holy wrath takes hold! He will come down on you like a ton of bricks! Vengeance is what is produced by Him, which comes from the result of vile, arrogant sin which He cannot tolerate. Vengeance belongs to God! (Deut.32:35; Rom.12:19). God is completely Holy, Pure and totally without sin! God’s vengeance comes to a head when people seem to beg for punishment! Most people KNOW deep inside what is wrong and what is right (Rom.1:20-21). It is born in them! The Hebrews knew not just by the works of Creation (Rom.1:20), and providence, but by the Scriptures, which they were favored with. They KNEW His Being, His nature and His perfections, and especially that what He said He was able to perform, and that He was true and faithful to every word He said.
And again, The Lord shall judge his people . . . the Lord shall judge those who are truly His people. Israel was His chosen and covenant people, His redeemed and called ones. See Israel:
God judges His people differently that Gentiles and unbelievers. He judges His own by chastising them in a fatherly way that they may not be condemned with the world. He governs and protects them; pleading their cause. Apostates and unbelievers’ willful disobedience is judged in vengeance. God’s wrath comes down hard on them. God’s vengeance is NOT something to look forward to!
JESUS, as God, is going to judge. He is the Sovereign Ruler of this Universe. We ALL shall appear before Him one day. Please do not doubt my words. Jesus, as God has an absolute sovereign right to judge, which He has NEVER surrendered. 1 Peter 4:17-18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (KJV) . . . Read this again!
Are you ready for Judgment Day? IF He were to come in the clouds today, would you be happy to see Him (2 Pet.3:12-14) . . . OR would you wish that He had waited a little longer? Dear one, IF Jesus comes in the Rapture (1 Thes.4:13-18), and you are NOT ready, you will NOT go to Heaven with the TRUE saints, you shall go through the Great Tribulation Period, which you do NOT want to do . . . believe me (Mat.24:21; Revelation chapters 6-18).
Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (KJV)
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God . . . this is a very interesting verse, which reaches out to both TRUE Christians and unbelievers as well. It really is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
In Ezra 7:9, the hand of God is upon this man for good. God wants to put His Hand upon you for good, but sometimes He puts a very heavy Hand upon His children. He chastens them, or as the old saying goes, He takes them to the woodshed. I think ALL God’s TRUE children have been to the woodshed. IF you have not been there yet, that day is coming! God dearly loved David, but he had been there (Ps.32:4-5), more than once (Ps.51). David tried to cover up his sin, but God forced him to confess it and deal with it. For this same reason, sometimes God's heavy Hand is upon us who are His children.
BUT, dear one . . . God's Hand of chastening is totally different from His Hand of judgment. He says, Vengeance belongeth unto me. I will recompense. God NEVER takes vengeance in a spiteful or vindictive manner. BUT . . . God is going to judge sin, and that is something that is not stated enough in today’s churches. Preachers are afraid to preach sin, God’s wrath, judgment and Hell today. People do NOT want to hear it, so they do not hear it from the pulpit! IF preachers preach on these things, the people will NOT come back. SO. . . they preach on LOVE. YES! God is a God of love! BUT . . . God is also a God of wrath! Dear one, sin, the wrath of God, judgment and Hell need to be emphasized in our day. Psalm 75:8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. (KJV) . . . This cup of God's judgment is ahead for everyone who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing. IF you have despised and rejected what Jesus has done on the Cross for you, there is nothing ahead of you but judgment. You have no hope whatsoever. ALL the wicked shall go to HELL! . . . BUT . . . IF you are in this category, you do NOT need to stay there! All you have to do is believe God, and accept Jesus’ once for all Sacrifice on the cross. You will then be washed in His Blood (Rev.1:5; 1 Pet.1:18-19), and will have eternal salvation and an inheritance in Heaven (Jn.14:1-3; 1 Pet.1:4).
Under the Mosaic Law they could bring a sacrifice every year or every day if they wanted to. But they cannot do that anymore. Now they (the Jews) have to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, as we do.
Now the writer gives a personal word to these Hebrews to whom he is writing:
Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; (KJV)
But call to remembrance the former days, in which after ye were illuminated . . . it would seem that at the time the writer wrote this Letter, that they were suffering some severe trials, in which they were in great danger of abandoning Christianity. The purpose of the writer is to remind them that they had been persistent under those trials, and he would now encourage them not to turn their backs on the grace of God, which was then conferred on them. What the nature of their former trials were, or of that which they were then experiencing, is not known. It would seem most likely that the reference in both cases is to some form of persecution by their own countrymen.
Ye endured a great fight of afflictions . . . most likely some fierce persecution from their own countrymen, maybe at the death of Stephen (Acts 11:19).
Hebrews 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. (KJV)
Partly whilst ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions . . . the persecutions referred to here seem to have been endured by the Hebrew Christians, when first converted to Christianity, not only in Palestine, but also in Rome and elsewhere, the Jews in every city inciting the people and the Roman authorities against Christians.
See the introduction to Hebrews for how hard it was for Jews today to become Christians. Charles Halff had a hard time, but he hung it there.
And partly whilst ye became companions of them that were so used . . . they maintained their closeness with them, relieved them in distress, and sympathized with them.
Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. (KJV)
For ye had compassion of me in my bonds . . . it seems that some of the believers had been imprisoned for their faith while others had experienced their possessions being seized. The writer is reminding them of their faith and patience during this trying time.
And took joyfully the spoiling of your goods . . . the furniture of their houses, their worldly substance, of which they were stripped by their persecutors; this they took quietly and patiently, even joyfully; rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer for the sake of Christ. The reason for the joy was,
Knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance . . . it was not uncommon for the early Christians to be looted. This was no doubt a part of the afflictions to which the writer refers to. They yielded their property not only without resistance, but with joy. They, in common with all the early Christians, counted it a privilege and honor to suffer in the cause of their Master (Phil.3:10; 4:13). Men may be brought to such a state of mind as this, to part with their property with joy, but only with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. (KJV)
Cast not away therefore your confidence . . . let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (verse 23). See verse 19, where confidence is translated boldness. Confidence may mean here, as there, a holy boldness in prayer, free from a slavish spirit; and which comes in the freedom of speaking directly to God, and confidence of being heard (Rom.5:1-2). Prayer itself should not be neglected, nor should freedom, boldness and confidence in it be laid aside. A profession of faith seems to be intended, which should be free and open, bold and courageous, and which should by no means to be let go and dropped.
Which hath great recompence of reward . . . freedom and boldness in prayer has tremendous reward, because those who ask in faith shall have their desire . . . IF it is in the will of God. So . . . HOW do we know IF what we ask is in the will of God? My answer is, that what we ask for, should bring honor and glory to our awesome Triune God! If it does not do this . . . do NOT ask for it! That is my opinion. IF we ask for anything that is strictly me, me, me . . . that is covetous, greedy, selfish, to benefit YOU. Better yet, thank Him for what He has already done for you. God really is well pleased when we appreciate what He has already done for us, and thank Him with a sacrifice of praise! (Heb.13:15-16).
Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (KJV)
For ye have need of patience . . . it does not seem that the Hebrews were destitute of patience, for where God is, there is His grace as well. He is the God of patience; and those who are called by grace, are conformed to the image of Christ (Rom.8:29). Those who are born of the Spirit (Jn.3:5,6,8) have the fruits of the Spirit (Eph.5:9; Gal.5:22), to whom the Word of God is effective. The fruit of longsuffering (patience) is fruit produced in them, and such those who are brought into the Kingdom of Christ.
That after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise . . . after you have believed God's Promises, obeyed His precepts, endured His trials, and persevered in all, according to the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God . . . and so exercised patience, and shown confidence, you shall receive, as your promise, after you run your race (Heb.12:1. 1 Cor.9:24). The Promise is, that we trade our sins for peace of mind and eternal life in Heaven when we trust Jesus’ once for all Sacrifice (1Pe 1:9; 5:4); the reward promised is expressed by the Promise, (Heb. 6:15; 9:15). Eternal life and the glorious inheritance of it (1 Pet.1:4-5) is the reality and fullness of it, and is called a crown of glory that fadeth not away, (1 Pet.1:4; 5:4).
Patience and faith are married in Scripture. These graces are like man and wife, joined together to become one. Exercising faith in the midst of trials, we are to display patience with the hope of the fulfillment of our faith (Tit.1:2).
In today’s time, believers need patient endurance to remain steadfast and to hold firm. Because the Spirit of Christ lives in us (1 Jn.4:4; Rom.8:9), we can have that kind of staying power. Jesus foretold that His followers would be severely persecuted by those who hated Him (Mat.10:22). Even in the midst of terrible persecution when this Letter was written, and today as well, God’s TRUE children could have hope, knowing that salvation was theirs. Times of trial really sift TRUE Christians from false professors or fair-weather Christians. Any time that you are tempted to give up and turn your back on Jesus, you must never forget the tremendous Promises that are given to you . . . to be saved when you are really devoted and faithful to Jesus.
Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (KJV)
For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry . . . there are many people who think they will have a second chance to believe God and accept Jesus’ Sacrifice.
Some act as though He keeps putting off His Coming that He is tarrying. Dear one, He is NOT going to tarry. There is a specific day on His calendar, when He has set to come. When is He coming? No one knows (Mk.13:32). God does not let anyone see His calendar. But consider this. One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Pet.3:8). Think about that! If Jesus has been gone for 2000 years . . . on God’s clock, His time-table, Jesus has only been gone 2 DAYS! Please do not listen to those fools who say Jesus is not coming back. They are WRONG. And IF you are waiting for His return to get your life in order, then you are a fool. Almighty God has given each person a specific time period to live this life on Earth. And I really do think that it is in this time span, that we MUST decide WHERE we will spend eternity. There very likely is a Bible in your home. What do you do with it? The answer to WHERE you shall spend eternity is in there! The Holy Word of God clearly tells us how to get to Heaven. When you die and leave this Earth, there is NO second chance for you. IF you have not believed God and accepted Jesus’ once for all Perfect Sacrifice on your behalf, HELL is your destination! It is just that simple!
I think that Jesus spoke more on Hell, than He did any other subject. WHY??? Because He does not want you to go there! WHY do I speak so much on Hell? For the same reason! I want to try to keep you from going there.
There is not much said about Heaven, except in Revelation 21 & 22. But Hell is described in full in many places! See our MANY articles:
If you do not know for sure that you are going to Heaven, the Bible says that we can know: (Jn.20:31; 1 Jn.5:10-13). For other verses of comfort: (Mat.16:16; Jn.1:12-13; 6:69; Acts 8:37; Rom.10:9-10; 1 Jn.4:2; 4:14-15; 1 Jn.2:29; 3:9. 4:7; 5:4,15; 5:1,10,20; 2 Jn.1:9).
The Bible gives us a VERY clear choice between two life directions: the broad road that leads where you do not want to go (Mat.7:13), and the narrow one with Jesus (Mat.7:14; Rom.8:1; Gal.5:16; Col.2:5; 1 Jn.1:7). Roads of life often fork, giving us two choices. We must be careful not to choose the wrong way. The broad way often seems the easier way to go, but Satan is deceiving you dear one! BEWARE!!! His road leads to HELL! Only if you stay on that narrow path with Jesus, can you arrive in Heaven.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (KJV)
Now the just shall live by faith . . . WHO is the just? He/she is one NOT in appearance only, but in reality; NOT by obedience to the law, but by obedience to Christ! A just person is proven and established by the Holy Spirit, and by faith! A just person lives a sober and righteous life (Hab.2:3-4). Also see: (Rom.1:7; Gal.2:16; 3:11-12; 1 Jn.5:10-12). Faith is very important: (Jn. 6:28-29; 16:9; Rom.14:23; Heb.11:6).
But if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him . . . draw back = the scorner or unbeliever would be not be happy, would not prosper. This quotes Hab.2:4. I think this means anyone who outwardly professes Christ . . . like millions in today’s world, who forsake the assembling of the saints (verse 25), and is really not united with the truly just ones.
In Romans, the emphasis is upon the just shall live by faith! Faith in JESUS is how God justifies the sinner (Rom.5:1). Here too in Hebrews, the emphasis is upon the just shall live by faith. There have been several references to the living God, and this Letter tells of a living intercessor. He, JESUS, is the same one who died in our place, on the Cross for us and came back from the dead. The importance is upon His resurrection and His being the living Christ at God's right hand. SO. . . since we who are His own have a living God and a living Saviour at God's right hand, we shall live by faith. Dear one, faith is NOT a leap in the dark, because it rests totally upon the Word of God. The just shall live by faith. To draw back is apostasy! http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_apostasy.htm
Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (KJV)
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition . . . there is a drawing back which is NOT unto perdition. Persons may have unbelief, may be cold and indifferent to Gospel, may fall into vile sins, and may sadly backslide . . . this can happen and has happened many times. Let’s just consider David and Peter. These two certainly did draw back away from God, away from what they knew was good, into evil . . . and yet they both recovered. Neither went unto perdition. TRUE believers do not, and cannot draw back in a final way; because they are held fast in the Arms of Jesus, with the cords of everlasting love, and are chosen by God unto salvation, are given unto Christ (Jn.10:30), and secured in Him. They are redeemed and purchased by Jesus; they are united to Him. They are regenerated, sanctified, inhabited, and sealed by the Spirit of God, and have the Promises and power of God, on their side. Once Saved, Always Saved:
BUT . . .When Christ is rejected as the One and Only Saviour; when He is not held to firmly in faith; when false doctrines and damnable heresies are readily permitted into a person’s mind, these people draw back and never return, nor can they be returned, for their apostasy is complete and final.
But of them that believe to the saving of the soul . . . there is NO perdition for the TRUE children of God! Their faith has brought eternal salvation to their soul! The FAITH of God's elect, is the gift of God, and the operation of His Spirit. It is by FAITH that a soul SEES Jesus! It is by FAITH that a person flees to Jesus! It is by FAITH that a person goes to Him, lays holds on Him, commits their all to Him, and expects all Promises from Him to be fulfilled.
This totally opposes drawing back! It is only by FAITH that a man lives, walks and stands firm . . . all this is connected to the salvation of the soul, as opposed to perdition.
Passages that speak of perdition: (Jn.17:12; Phil.1:28; 2 Thes.2:3; 1 Tim.6:9; Heb.10:39; 2 Pet.3:7; Rev.17:8,11)
I do not think that the writer to the Hebrews thought that the Hebrew Christians had drawn back. I think that he speaks of the terrible danger of anyone doing so, and he is giving them this fear-provoking warning. His thought is that a believer does at times draw back because of discouragement, persecution, hardship and a feeling of hopelessness. Let us always remember that we serve a Living Saviour, and that we have a Living High Priest who intercedes for us. We should never draw back but instead we need to move forward for God.
Our FAITH allows God to appoint the blessings of salvation to us. This is entirely consistent with the amazing grace of God; and since faith and salvation are joined together . . . if you have one, you have the other! This is saying that TRUE believers can never perish. The nature and Excellency of God’s awesome grace is told to us in the following chapter.
Apostasy is insincere Christians leaving God’s Word:
Faith is one of the countless gifts with which God has blessed us, and it is so often overlooked. Jesus said a lot about faith, because faith is something that we practice every day. Faith means to believe God and trust God completely.
There are three types of faith:
#1. Logical faith, with which we are born. This faith believes something is true without proof or commitment. A person can believe Jesus was a real Person, and that He did perform miracles . . . but they do not accept the Fact that He was God in Man.
#2. Faith in God, believes in God’s existence and His abilities. This kind of faith holds a confident belief that God will fulfill what He has promised.
#3. Saving Faith—Believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, a living person, for the forgiveness of sin and trusting Him because He provides eternal life with God. It is NOT enough to simply believe in the actions of Jesus Christ or the abilities of God. True saving faith is more than that; it is a personal relationship with the Saviour. Saving faith is the key that determines our eternal destiny.
So many people are deceived. They think because they go to church, are baptized, and tithe regularly, they are saved. They DO know Jesus intellectually, but they do NOT have a personal relationship with Him.
There is a faith in Christ which IS saving, and there is a faith in Christ which IS NOT saving. You may say, "But I know that mine is saving faith. I have seen myself as a lost sinner, realize I can do nothing to gain acceptance with God, and have put my trust in the finished work of His Son." My friend, the heart is terribly deceitful (Jer. 17:9) and Satan misleads many (Rev. 12:9). So much is at stake that it benefits each of us to make sure. Only a fool is ready to give himself the "benefit of the doubt" in an matter as important as this.
You may say, "But I know that my faith in Christ is a real and saving one, because it rests upon the sure Word of God." Dear ones, others who were just as sure as you, are now in Hell! Let me ask you a question. Have you tested your faith by Scripture? Have you taken the time and trouble to determine IF your faith is accompanied by those proofs which go hand in hand with a saving faith? A saving faith is a supernatural thing, and therefore it brings forth supernatural fruit. Is this true for you? Does this puzzle you?
Consider the following:
A saving faith in Jesus Christ means that we believe God, accept Jesus as the Son of God, the ONLY sacrifice that could atone (pay) for our sins. When we have this kind of faith, we earnestly desire to repent and to surrender every aspect of our lives to Him. He will then transform us and conform us to His image (Rom.8:29). As we then walk with God, He will bless each of us all the more with perfect assurance regarding our salvation and our relationship with Him. We MUST have a personal relationship with Jesus! Without that, there is NO saving faith!
There are millions who are already a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. But intellectually, being a believer in Jesus is NO proof someone has been born again and is on his way to Heaven. The New Testament tells us: John 2:23-24 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, (KJV) As He spake these words many believed on Him (John 8:30), yet in verse 59, a little later they sought to stone Him! Among the chief rulers also many believed (not simply 'about', but) on Him. BUT . . . see what immediately follows: but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:42-43). Dear one, this is proof that they were utter strangers to a saving work of God in their souls . . . yet they were "believers" in the Lord Jesus!
In Acts 15:9 we read, purifying their hearts by faith . . . also see (Mat.5:8; 1 Pet.1:22). WHAT is a purified heart? It is one that has been purged of all idols and impurities and turned to a pure object (1 Thess.1:9). A purified heart hates all that is sinful, and loves all that is holy. A pure heart is one that has been cleansed from the love of all that is evil.
Another characteristic of saving faith is that it "worketh by love" (Gal. 5:6). Faith is a mighty standard of operation by which the Christian lives unto God. He walks the narrow path of obedience (Mat.7:14), by which he submits to God and resists the devil (Jam.4:7) and denies the flesh (Gal.5:16-17). And this is done, not because of fear, but because of love!
"Whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4). God has opened the eyes of His children (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8) to see how hollow and worthless the best that this poor world has to offer is! He has weaned their hearts from the world by satisfying them with spiritual and heavenly things.
Saving faith saves you from hating God's commands and a dislike of His holiness! Saving faith saves you from pride, covetousness and murmuring! Christ Jesus did not die to obtain the pardon of our sins and His taking us to Heaven, while our hearts still remain clinging to the things of earth. No way my friend! He lived and died so that His Spirit might quicken His people into newness of life, making them "new creatures" (2 Cor.5:17), and causing them to be pilgrims in this world (1 Pet.2:11; Heb.11:13), as those who are not of it, but as those whose hearts have already departed from it. Saving faith truly is a marvelous thing. And it certainly is supernatural!
But what about, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31)? The apostles did not tell the jailor to "rest on the finished work of Christ"; instead, they set before him a Person. They did not say "Believe on the Saviour", BUT "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" a PERSON! Saving faith includes the renouncing of our own sinful, "lordship", the throwing down of the weapons of our warfare against Him, and the submitting to His yoke and rule. Saving faith consists of the complete surrender of my whole being and life to the lordship of Christ! "They first gave their own selves to the Lord" (2 Cor. 8:5). Have you done this?
It should be quite clear that not all faith is saving faith! WHY? James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (KJV) . . . Even the Satan and all his demons BELIEVE there is a God! Are they saved? NO way! The value of saving faith CANNOT be over emphasized. John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV) It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb.11:6). We must believe that God exists, and we must believe He is a Rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. The importance of faith or belief is seen in the fact that the saved were called "believers" (I Tim. 4: 12). The need of biblical faith is also observed in the accomplishments of faith. The scriptures teach that the saved are justified, purified and sanctified by faith (Rom. 3: 28; Acts 15: 9; 26: 18). Paul stated that men become children of God by faith. Hear him: "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Gal.3:26-27). And so dear one, our time and energy is well justified by carefully examining the faith that saves.
An examination of all pertinent verses relative to teaching about faith and the recorded examples in Acts of people having saving faith sweetly teach and exhibit faith as being necessarily and always consists of acceptance, confidence, knowledge and obedience.
Having saving faith is the key because it determines our eternal destiny. Many people are deceived. They think because they go to church, are baptized, and tithe regularly, they are saved. They know Jesus intellectually, but they do NOT have a personal relationship with Him.
#1. A person who has saving faith, BOTH knows the truth of Scripture and practices it (Rom. 1:32).
#2. Even demons and the devil have intellectual faith. We must BOTH believe and bear fruit (James 2:18-20).
#3. Jesus is addressed as “Lord” 185 times in the Gospels. This is VERY important because it shows that the disciples recognized and accepted His Lordship. This Truth is the foundation of our faith, the bedrock upon which everything else is built. Jesus MUST be Lord in your heart and life. And you must have a personal relationship with Him, to have saving faith!
#4. Those who believe must also SINCERELY express repentance for sin if they truly acknowledge Jesus as our Saviour and Lord (Luke 24:45-48; Acts 2:36-38). Faith and repentance go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other!
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