Briefly, The Apostle shews here the superiority of Christ's sacrifice over that of every other priest. Christ, help me! My single hand shall destroy the edifice it took twelve apostles to rear.”. for a poor soul when it has learned its sin In 1986 he published his spiritual memoir entitled “Farewell to God – My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith.” In this book he described his pilgrimage from Christian faith to agnosticism to atheism. For a believer who commits willful sin the price of unconfessed sin is "steep". The Way into the Holiest. So can you see how subtle and persistent the lust of the flesh is to take us down the path of provision for later willfully or deliberately committing a sin? 10:26 For when we - Any of us Christians. AFTER RECEIVING THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH: meta to labein (AAN) ten epignosin tes aletheias ouketi peri hamartion apoleipetai (3PPPI) thusia: FULL KNOWLEDGE CONVEYS This was his fixed resolution. What a killing thing is sin! The Law was to be applied to all (see Lev. Think little of the suffering of lost souls, and you will soon think little of the Savior who delivers you from them.”, Although Jonathan Edwards based his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” on a verse from Deuteronomy, he got the title from verse 31 of our text. 31 'Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be on him.'" 1Cor 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (cp Jn 3:3, 4, 5, 3:36)? I was taken aback. It is to place oneself on the side of God’s adversaries. That would not be as bad as insulting the Spirit of grace by turning your back on the free pardon that He offers through the blood of Jesus Christ! It was as if he suddenly felt relaxed and comfortable in talking about an old and dear friend. I think you can see where this is going! That’s young Billy Graham! Amen. And sinning could lead to sickness (Jas 5:15) or death (1 Cor 11:30). He hammers home with frightening force the terrors of impending judgment, but also the refuge of the cross. Spurgeon - It would have been better for you never to have had any knowledge of the truth, than to have known it, and then sinned willfully against it, and so, after all, to be a castaway. Just look at Jesus. But first let’s back up! In context these are those men and women who have heard the good news clearly presented but who have clearly rejected that news and now are in effect enemies of the Most High God. A man who professed Jesus and even spoke of Him affectionately, but not as the sinless Son of God, not as the One Who bore Templeton's sins on Calvary. The question will be asked, But what is wilful sin? As we grieved together over this fallen comrade, now out of ministry, I wondered aloud, “I know anyone can be tempted and anyone can stumble, but he’s a smart guy. Hebrews 10:26-31 "Satan's Greatest Lie" - Duration: 55:58. 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. The sermon was not new to Edwards since he had preached it previously in his own church of Northampton, MA. And as they see the multitudes going down to the pit, oh let them remember that the highest glory of life in the Holiest is, even as it is of Him who opened it with His blood and sits on the throne, to go out and bring others in. I offer my sacrifices. —Bill Crowder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. This verse does not, in context, apply to other sins of a true Christian (He 10:39). It is not that such deliberate sinners (or apostates) did not know the truth. Knowledge (1922)(epignosis from verb epiginosko from epí = upon + ginosko = to know) is a strengthened or intensified form of "gnosis" and conveys the thought of a more full, larger and thorough knowledge. “You sound like you really care about him,” I said. It also conveys the idea of an intimate and personal relationship than the simple term. Horror at his great guilt, drove David to incessant laments, until his voice was no longer like the articulate speech of man, but so full of sighing and groaning, that it resembled to hoarse roaring of a wounded beast. He was stoned to death at the command of the Lord. The least thing we can do, if we would be pardoned, is to acknowledge our fault; if we are too proud for this we double deserve punishment. . True assurance of faith is the witness of the Holy Spirit that is given in living fellowship with and obedience to Christ as Leader. (Ed comment: I agree!). The implication of the expression is that it was done in full knowledge of the Law (especially since this contrasts throughout with the sins of ignorance). When one willingly or defiantly disobeyed God, there was no sacrifice for such apostasy. Somehow he had separated his ongoing sexual sin from his responsibilities and duties as a man of God. Do not be deceived (Stop being deceived)! Remains (620) (apoleipo from apo = from + leipo = lack, leave, forsake) means literally to leave behind. Templeton fought to compose himself. here is thy only safety: launch out into the deep of full obedience to all the will of God; keep far from all sin, and thou shalt be kept from wilful sinning. If you were a poor beggar at the door, and a rich man had bidden you into his feast out of pure charity, what would you deserve if you had treated his provisions in this way? The oil was almost gone from the lamp of life, and the flame flickered as though it would soon expire. They will not escape. In his 1996 memoir, Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith, Templeton recounted a conversation with Graham in Montreat prior to entering seminary... All our differences came to a head in a discussion which, better than anything I know, “explains” Billy Graham and his phenomenal success as an evangelist. He described hell as a place of outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt 8:12; 24:5 1). After discussing the procedure for obtaining forgiveness for inadvertent sins in Numbers 15:22–29, the author adds, “But anyone who sins defiantly, … that person must be cut off from his people” (Num 15:30). At times we may even recognize that we planned our sin quite carefully, or at least planned to walk into temptation, knowing full well (in our hearts, if not in our minds) that we would give in. He will suffer justly throughout eternity. (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. Ultimately, Edwards was dismissed as pastor over the question of the admission of the unconverted to the Lord’s Supper. When I stand on the platform and say, ‘God says,’ or ‘The Bible says,’ the Holy Spirit uses me. After a person leaves God, it makes little difference where he then goes. 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. . We are not at liberty to sin willfully or deliberately. An apostate has seen and heard the truth—he knows it well—but he willfully rejects it. “Men in conservative Christian colleges?”, “Most of them, yes,” he said. I have often thought of that statement in the ensuing years, and I continue to affirm the wisdom of those words. Its details are clear, and warning is alarming. It’s intellectual suicide.”, “I don’t know about anybody else,” he said, “but I’ve decided that that’s the path for me.”, (Another quote from Farewell to God - My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith - page 232) - "I believe that there is no supreme being with human attributes--no God in the Biblical sense --but that life is the result of timeless evolutionary forces, having reached its present transient state over millions of years....How can one believe the Biblical account of the creation of the world in six days when every eminent physicist agrees that all living species have evolved over millions of years from primitive beginnings. Andrew Murray. To the contrary we now have the power to enable us to fight against the temptation to deliberately sin. Delivered by C. H. SPURGEON, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. x. In willful defiance they turn away from Christ, the gospel, and the church. Ironically, this insists on bringing self-made condemnation (cf. Sin is like that. We find there a twofold treatment of the supremely important event which we commemorate, ROMANS ix. I keep the Law. The church in Enfield contained baptized unbelievers who were barred from the Lord’s Table. Any sin called for rebuke and restoration or, if unrepented of, discipline (see Mt 18:15–20; 1 Cor 5:1–5). And the Writer, by the use of this word, gives us to understand that he means by it not only a shallow historical notion about the Truth, but a living believing knowledge of it, which has laid hold of a man and fused him into union with itself.” Thus it is clear that the Jew who committed this sin, was fully informed by the Holy Spirit of the issues involved between the First Testament and the New Testament, and also of the meaning and the implications of the New Testament, (cp Heb 6:4-note, “who were once enlightened”) and therefore, he sinned with his eyes wide open. They are sinful and, of course, do not believe in Christ, because they have never heard of Him or of His claims. The Way into the Holiest. published in 2000 and here is Strobel's record of the interchange as Strobel ask Templeton (see picture of the aged Templeton)... “And how do you assess this Jesus?” It seemed like the next logical question—but I wasn’t ready for the response it would evoke. Like those mentioned in Hebrews 6:4–8, they have been fully initiated into Christianity, for the phrase “knowledge of the truth” is common in the later New Testament writings for having come to full Christian conversion (Jn 8:32; 1 Tim 2:4; 4:3; 2 Tim 2:25; Tit 1:1; 1 Jn 2:21; 2 Jn 1). Sin makes light of the Cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin. Fury of a fire - Literally = "zeal of fire" = a fiery passion. 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. . But it was also clear that he had consciously gone out to do work on the sabbath and was not ignorant of the law against work on that day. The business of the day may wipe it out as a sponge erases a record from a slate. The Septuagint uses esthio in a passage that is related to Hebrews 10:27…, Isaiah 26:11 O LORD, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. 26, 27 For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the Knowledge of the Truth, there remained, no more Sacrifice for Sin: but a certain fearful looking for of Judgment, and fiery Indignation, which shall devour the Adversaries. For such people there is no sacrifice for sin remaining; they have rejected the only one that exists. One such village was the town of Enfield, Connecticut. Don't harbor that sin, buried deep in the tent floor of your heart. If you wanted to use this verse to scare people, there are a couple of angles you could take: 1. He was the intrinsically wisest person that I’ve ever encountered in my life or in my readings. 2. 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. (cf 1 Cor 5:9-13), 14. How does this happen to one of the world’s greatest evangelist, who had dedicated himself to preaching the Gospel and founded organizations to promote the Gospel and even to be an encourager to the man we see as the “poster boy” of evangelism, Billy Graham? And was he not afraid? By so doing he demonstrates that the warnings are intended for the saved as well as for the unsaved. I . Neither did Edwards enjoy such preaching. We must confess the guilt as well as the fact of sin. In the second, that of our text, he warns of the consequence of apostasy, the deliberate turning away from faith in Christ and association with the church (Heb 10:26-31). and here in Hebrews 10:27 essentially answers that question stating emphatically "If we neglect God's great salvation, we can't escape God's great fire"! 24:10-23; Num. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins. He knows more than enough to be saved. But their interest in the things of God begins to wane, and the pressures and attractions of the world distract them further still, until they have no interest at all They may turn to another religion or to no religion at all. Stay connected In 1957 after a long time of introspection he publicly declared himself to be an agnostic, someone who believes there is a God but cannot really know Him. King James Version (KJV) Public Domain . x. "Let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and to good works." So then, in a sense we need to be clear, all of us are guilty of deliberate or "willful sinning" in the sense that there are (many) times when we know the truth of God's Word regarding what would constitute righteous, godly behavior (i.e., obedience) and yet we stubbornly walk down the path of temptation until we are guilty of overt, deliberate disobedience. 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. Go on sinning (264) (hamartano) means to miss a mark and in this context means to miss God's will. (Westminster Press), NLT: There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. Those that apostatize from religion sufficiently indicate that, before, they were hypocrites in religion: those who have imbibed the spirit of gospel truth have a good preservative against destructive error. This description is not referring to "sins of ignorance" (Heb 9:7) or weakness, but to those that are planned out, determined, done with forethought (cp Paul's command in Ro 13:14-note to "make no provision [pronoia] for the flesh in regard to its lusts."). The author has just shown how that Jesus is greater than Moses (Heb. Jesus is my sanctification. The only sure way of being kept from wilful sin is to keep far from all sin. He has promised to sanctify you. What could one say about him except that this was a form of greatness?”. With that tears flooded his eyes. Marvin Vincent answers "Of course not. He is there because of his own sinful choices. Then here is, the reason upon which it is concluded that they were not of us, were not what they pretended, or what we are, and that is their actual defection: "For, if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us" (1Jn 2:19); had the sacred truth been rooted in their hearts it would have held them with us (Ed: cp "rocky soil" Mk 4:5, 6, 17); had they had the anointing from above, by which they had been made true and real Christians, they would not have turned antichrists. The example that follows this passage tells of a person who gathered wood on the sabbath, presumably because his fire was going out and he had neglected to gather enough wood the previous day. If, after having been regenerated, and made children of God, we were willfully and deliberately to let the Savior go, and apostatize altogether to the world, there would be no hope for us. (Matt. (3) A third view is that the author is warning true believers, who cannot possibly lose their salvation, about what would happen to them if they did apostatize (which true believers cannot do). Are you playing loosely with this perilous process of deliberately turning from the gospel of Christ? If we go on sinning - Although the writer includes himself in this warning ("if we go on sinning" - just as he did in his first warning in Heb 2:3+ "how will we escape") note that he switches pronouns in Hebrews 10:29+ to "he". When we trust Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive forgiveness from the penalty of sins; that is judicial forgiveness. 18. Here are a few examples to ponder…. (Hebrews Commentary online) (Bolding added), Spurgeon asks "Have you ever considered how much you insult God the Father by rejecting Christ? All the atonement that could save me in ten years’ time is here now. He imparts God’s undeserved favor to us through the sacrifice of God’s own Son. And if this is the case, are all of us who have knowingly sinned after our conversion lost? It is Christ’s sacrifice or none.". The author places his recipients and himself ("we" go on sinning) under this warning just as he did in the earlier warnings. He turned his head and looked downward, raising his left hand to shield his face from me. (1 Jn 3:9+). They'll pierce us like a sword. It was time to change the tune, for the notes are very low in the scale, and with such hard usage, the strings of the harp are out of order: the next verse will surely be set to another key, or will rehearse a more joyful subject. Though neighboring villages had tasted of the goodness of God in spiritual awakening, they had not. "Every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but this man," or priest--for the word "man" is not in the original "after he had offered one sacrifice for sins," had finished his work, and for ever, he "sat down." The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies. Paul uses it in the active voice to describe leaving behind of his cloak (2Ti 4:13-note cp the two other uses of the active voice - 2Ti 4:20-note; Titus 1:5-note). Instead put it under the blood! God's hand is very helpful when it uplifts, but it is awful when it presses down: better a world on the shoulder, like Atlas, than God's hand on the heart, like David. (The Peril of Playing Christian). 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.". There is no new evidence or arguments to present. (4) The correct explanation, as I understand it, is that the passage is warning those who have made a profession of faith and have associated themselves with the church, of the danger of God’s eternal judgment if they turn back to Judaism. A TERRIFYING JUDGMENT It is a pestilent disease! Wrong! Presented here is a verse by verse exposition of the New Testament. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God was no delicate, entertaining sermon, but a striking exaltation of God in his righteousness and exposing of man in his sinfulness. And so we see a living example of Hebrews 6:4-6+! . For the next twenty years, he devoted himself to bringing about the same experience in the lives of others. 1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. F. F. Bruce, who discusses this (Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews [Eerdmans], pp. If you reject Christ after hearing the gospel and being associated with God’s people, you will fall into the hands of the living God, and it will be an eternally terrifying ordeal! He was mean, treacherous, hypocritical, and blasphemous. I called attention to this glaring omission and made the point: If you do not put your trust in Christ, you will perish! But His judgment is real and it is no joke! CHARLES TEMPLETON? Adversaries (5227) (hupenantios from hupo = intensifies + enantios = contrary > cp wind as contrary = Mt14:24 or people as hostile toward = 1Th 2:15) literally means set over against or opposite and thus an apt description of those who are opposed or contrary, those who are hostile toward another. 32But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. And yet this is just your case. Andrew Murray. The rack, the wheel, the flaming fagot are ease compared with the Tophet which a guilty conscience kindles within the breast: better suffer all the diseases which flesh is heir to, than lie under the crushing sense of the wrath of almighty God. A certain terrifying expectation - Plainly stated the judgment of God is inevitable and unavoidable and naturally this truth engenders fear for those who have a reason to fear. "And all the trees of the field shall know that I, Jehovah, have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish. You will find in the average church that there is a Band-Aid of silence wrapped over the cancer of sin. You may put your head in and out a great many times; but one of these days it will be a costly venture. As Spurgeon said “Think lightly of hell, and you will think lightly of the cross”. 'Lo, I am come to do Thy will. . 16-22. By which will we have been sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.'--Heb. Many (WOE! (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Hebrews). If the Law of Moses had stiff penalties for disregarding it, the penalty will be much greater for spurning the Son of God who fulfilled the Law (Heb 10:28-29-note). I felt unclean.” As he was kneeling at his bedside pleading “Lord come down. It quoted John 3:16 as follows: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only be-gotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.” It omitted ´shall not perish! Wild animals remain wild and so does Sin. All rights reserved, Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists, Click to see the photographs and go to the bottom of the page to see how large the gatherings were. 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. He has accepted situation ethics, and sees everything as amoral. I would give worlds, if I had them, that Age of Reason had not been published. He has promised sanctification for you by coming to you Himself and being made of God to you sanctification. Everything depends on where we carry the law of the Lord. Hebrews 2:3-note the writer asks his wavering readers "how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" As His grace (ED: cf Spirit of grace - Heb 10:29+) strengthens our hearts and minds (2 Ti 2:1+), we can overcome our own worst inclination to make foolish choices. When the law of God is taken into the heart, it is no longer something merely remembered: it is something …John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year, Provoking Each Other to Love and Good Works. So yet ye minister was obliged to desist-ye shrieks and cries were piercing and amazing… ". He was one of the twelve of Jesus' inner circle of disciples. “Not everyone who says to Me (THEIR PROFESSION) ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does (present tense - continually because they are enabled by the indwelling Spirit - NOTE: Jesus is not describing PERFECTION but DIRECTION!) Hebrews 11. Edwards was preaching for their souls, and also against the follies of the “halfway” covenant. 3494) Published on Thursday, January 13th, 1916. (Jas 5:3). (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). A deliberate sin is not to be taken lightly. (Glorification). And things I'd never seen the meaning of or the essence of I began to appreciate for the first time." List as many practical benefits as you can from the doctrine of hell. If you are a true child of God, though a wanderer from His ways, you will be brought back to Him, and I pray that you may be brought back to Him this very hour. Though he used the text in Deuteronomy as his base, Edwards had to have considered our text in this sermon. After layering one truth on top of another in explaining the supremacy of Jesus Christ in his person and sufficiency in his redemptive work, our writer gives a series of summarizing applications. O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. (Heb 10:29), 16. But they have chosen to reject their experience of Christ. The last verse of our text provided the basis for Edwards' title,"It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (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. x. This is a solemn text, containing a very terrible truth. Woe to Those Who Trample the Son of God. You don’t dare stop thinking about the most important question in life. So, it is a hypothetical warning used to frighten believers away from leaving the faith (Homer Kent, The Epistle to the Hebrews [Baker], pp. After having received the experimental knowledge of the gospel truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins - None but that which we obstinately reject. Had he believed, he would have become an apostle. Willing to do it without being pressured or forced. When pressure comes to turn away from Christ due to persecution or temptation to sin (Ed: Mk 4:7, 18, 19), he shows his true colors by repudiating his faith in Christ. Raymond Brown said that theirs is not a single act of falling away, but a state of willful, determined renunciation of all dependence on Christ’s atoning work. Note carefully who is most in danger of committing this terrible sin of turning away from Christ: it is those who knew the truth and who had associated with God’s people! His oxen and His fattened cattle have been killed, and now you will not come. 7-9]. I. The passive voice as used here in Hebrews means to be reserved or to remain, to be left over. As alluded to at the beginning of the comment on this passage most believers either commit willful sins or can even lapse into a season of sin and will experience broken fellowship and intimacy with the Lord and with His people, but they are not be guilty of the sin which this passage is describing. Tertullian, who was more strict, condemned Hermas for this concession, which he saw as the thin edge of a dangerous wedge. 1: A Unique Collection of 365 Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon from His New Park Street Pulpit (365 Days With Series); edited by Terence Peter Crosby; (c) Day One Publications, 1998. In Hebrews 12:25-note we see another allusion to "no escape"…. There are still arguments to be put forward and evidence to be shown. 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