26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” d and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” e 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10, 26 – 31)
Yes, in the above verses we see a very clear warning for the New Covenant believers in Christ who deliberately live in sin despite receiving the knowledge of the “Truth.”
Saints, some of you might take this warning very lightly, but remember, it is not just a serious warning but a really scary one. Because, as per the above verses; there is no sacrifice left for the New Covenant believers who deliberately keep on sinning despite receiving the Grace of God to live a life that is free from sin.
Though Apostle Paul was writing this letter to the first century Hebrew church; its content is more relevant to our times than Apostle Paul’s period.
As you know, we live in an age in which committing sin is like eating chocolate. Nowadays, believers in Christ do not care about the consequences of leading a sinful lifestyle. These days what we hear from the pulpit is:
“Do not worry about your sinful lifestyle; as long as you believe in Christ, “Grace” will cover every evil you commit under the sun; no need for you to fear God’s judgment.”
This hyper grace teaching has made the church a fertile ground for all kind of sins to thrive and believers are not afraid of God’s wrath anymore.
Unfortunately, these hyper grace preachers and their sheep do not understand the degree of responsibility that comes into a person’s life once he accepts Christ as his Lord and Saviour. As a matter of fact, a Born-again believer under the New Covenant has more responsibility to live a life that is free from sin than a believer under the Old Covenant.
As you know; the Old covenant was executed between God and His people (Moses being the Mediator) through the blood of animals sacrificed and it was temporary. Yet; breaking God’s commandments under this Old Covenant warranted heavy and swift punishment.
If this was the reality under the Old Covenant; then, how much more serious might be the punishment for those who break God’s Commandments under the New Covenant which was executed between God and His people, Christ being the mediator, and also the sacrificial lamb in whose blood it was made.
Saints; when a person accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour, he is entering into a covenant with God Almighty through the blood of Christ. That is – He is making a promise to God that:
“From today onwards; I will live a life that is free from sin. That is: I will live in obedience to your Commandments.”
5Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6you a will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.(Exodus 19, 5 -6)
4the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God. (Jeremiah 11, 4).
Yes, as mentioned in Jeremiah 11, 4; what God says to each one of us is:
“‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.” – which is basically one of the most fundamental terms common to both the Old and the New Covenants.
The moment we decide to live in wilful sin, we are belittling the Grace of God and the Blood of Christ that saved us from eternal punishment and when this happens, we do not have a way out from the destructive path that we have chosen to tread on. That is why Apostle Paul in the verses below says – There is no sacrifice left for those who keep on sinning deliberately.
26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10, 26 – 27)
Saints; remember; once we are sanctified by the Grace of Christ, we are empowered to live a life that is free from sin. That is what Apostle Paul means when he says:
Once you are in Christ; you are a new creation; the old sinful nature does not have any more power over your life.
Again, in Romans 6 Apostle Paul says:
12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6, 12 – 14)
Yes, sin should not be your master; you should not be under the control of sin, because you are not under the Law but under the Grace. In other words: those who are under the Grace should not commit sin or break the Commandments of God any more. The “Grace” that saves you from sin also empowers you to live a life that is free from sin.
Therefore; those who teach and believe that – since we are under grace; we are not candidates for judgment and punishment are wrong as they have misunderstood the power and the purpose of God’s Grace. Instead of leading people away from sin; through their hyper grace teachings, they are leading people away from Christ.
Well, here you might wonder – how can we live a life free from sin while we live in this fallen world? Yes, I agree with your argument. We are flesh and blood and we live in a fallen world among fallen human beings.
So, definitely there is every possibility for each one of us to commit sin and this might be true for all of us, including myself. But there is a difference between living continually in wilful sin and occasionally falling into the trap of sin forced up on us by the circumstances.
Saints; we, believers Christ, have always access to the throne of Grace through Jesus and we could go before God and ask for His forgiveness for the sins that we have committed knowingly and unknowingly and surely, we will receive forgiveness. But there is a condition – that is: we should turn away from those sins and should not repeat them anymore.
On the contrary, if we continue to deliberately live in those sins, then, we might fall under the category of people that Apostle Paul talks about in Hebrews 10, 29.
29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? . (Hebrews 10, 29)
So, as the Word of God says: it is really a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Each time when we live in wilful sin – we are treating as an unholy thing the blood of the Covenant; the Blood of Christ that sanctified us.
Therefore, saints, our salvation in Christ is not a free ride into heaven; it comes with great responsibility. That is why Apostle Paul says:
Yes, we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Amen