We sin because we choose to sin! The expressions used show us that in the case of these the enlightening and the acceptance of the truth had been more with the mind than with the heart. I could tell it wasn’t like him to lose control in front of a stranger. All rights reserved), The price of sin is very high 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.". Every apostate is an unbeliever, but not every unbeliever is an apostate. 25 And in the same way was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works, when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? His guard seemingly down, he spoke in an unhurried pace, almost nostalgically, carefully choosing his words as he talked about Jesus. Scripture: Hebrews 10:26–31. x. But the day came when they were challenged about the gospel and rather than believing God, they embraced a lie. 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? (Preaching the Word - Hebrews). 1. You may never have heard the name Charles Templeton, but you surely have heard the name Billy Graham. Sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost. Saved persons still commit sins (and as noted above, sadly even do so deliberately) but sinning is not their continual practice once they are born again by the Holy Spirit. It is to place oneself on the side of God’s adversaries. Hard Sayings of the Bible: Wild animals remain wild and so does Sin. This is expressed in (1) holding on to the hope that we have in Christ, (2) encouraging each other to live the faith in practice and (3) gathering together (Heb 10:23–25). This "but" introduces the inevitable, inestimably terrifying alternative to every person who has ever received and rejected the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let all who have entered the Holiest of All turn round and look to the hole of the pit--the horrible pit--whence they have been drawn up. A sense of enormous guilt descended and invaded every part of me. I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord. These apostates knew that Christ is God’s only, once-for-all sacrifice, who fulfilled and thus abolished the Old Testament sacrificial system. What a terrible contrast to the same expression as we had it before (Hebrews 10:18): No more offering for sin. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me. As Hughes says (p. 426), “So far from escaping from God, the apostate falls into the hands of the living God: he abandons God as his Savior only to meet him as his Judge.” So the author concludes, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” He is trying, quite literally, to scare the hell out of them! 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. Wrong! His commitment was total and led to his own death, much to the detriment of the world. There was no place for mercy or a second chance (Deut. These were people whose hearts had been warmed toward the gospel of Christ, who had made a superficial commitment of faith in Him, and had identified themselves visibly with the true church. I . They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. For a believer who commits willful sin the price of unconfessed sin is "steep". He hammers home with frightening force the terrors of impending judgment, but also the refuge of the cross. During the 1950’s Templeton preached in 14 countries including to some crowds as large as 70,000. iv. 9, 10. Woe to Those Who Trample the Son of God. They like to think they are very good. My sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders. 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. Selah. James 1:13-16 explains the sequential process that almost invariably follows when we begin to deliberate (verb) over whether to sin or not to sin... Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. It might be seen in young people that grew up in the church with Christian parents, hearing the gospel on a regular basis. Sin wilfully - By total apostasy from God, termed drawing back, Heb 10:38. Entanglement by the Cords of one's own Sin - Not long after a wealthy contractor had finished building the Tombs prison in New York, he was found guilty of forgery and sentenced to several years in the prison he had built! No answer can be given; no one on earth can draw the line between what is and what is not wilful sin. What remains is the judgment of God. This is a part of the description which God himself gave to Moses, of His own nature and attributes. I acknowledged my sin unto Thee. I can think of no text that offers a more sobering look at the final reality of playing Christian than the one before us. Christ, help me! most of our sins are willful! Just a small deviation from God’s standards can place us far afield from our intended destination. 260-262), points out the irony, that this strong warning in Hebrews could give rise to a system that was quite similar to the Jewish sacrificial system that Hebrews dismisses as forever superseded! Maybe they viewed His death as a noble tragedy, but nothing more. . Wuest - Instead of a sacrifice for sin awaiting this apostate, there awaits him a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation. I’m not a sinner like the Gentiles! Edwards' sermon made ten doctrinal points regarding the certainty of divine judgment for all who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, and among them I would identify the following: There is no want of power in God to cast men into hell at any moment… They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God's using his power at any moment to destroy them… They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell… They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell… There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hell-fire, if it were not for God's restraints… It is no security to wicked men for one moment, that there are no visible means of death at hand… All wicked men's pains and contrivance which they use to escape hell, while they continue to reject Christ, and so remain wicked men, do not secure them from hell one moment… God has laid himself under no obligation, by any promise, to keep any natural man out of hell one moment [Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 30For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” 31It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Sin Is Like An Insect! Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near" - Worship Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast" - Endurance Hebrews 10:24 "Let us consider one another" - Fellowship The Church is a body, an organism rather than an organization. He said that it’s better to pluck out your eye or cut off your hand than for your whole body to go to hell (Mt 5:29, 30). And in one sense they should, but it is important to understand to whom this description of willful sinning applies. Could they not be forgiven? Andrew Murray. He desired a clear understanding of the character of that Great Being, under whose guidance he was commissioned to lead the people of Israel into the promised land. It refers to a mental process in which one proceeds to  take some action after thoughtfully weighing the options. They are perhaps deeply convicted of sin and even make a profession of faith. The atoning sacrifice of Jesus, our great High Priest, is set forth first by way of contrast; then its character is described; and, then, thirdly, its consequences are mentioned. O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. And as the writer of Hebrews warns, it is impossible to renew such a one again to repentance. Even in those days of symbol the faithful looked to God alone for deliverance from sin's intolerable load, much more now, when types and shadows have vanished at the appearance of the dawn. In other words when one knows the truth about Jesus and rejects Jesus, the "time is up!" I keep the Law. Surely this was a small act, unlike murder or even theft. ,” he stuttered, searching for the right word, ‘I know it may sound strange, but I have to say . The word deliberate (as an adjective) means that which is characterized by or results from careful and thorough consideration. 9 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed-- for our testimony to you was believed. His ethical sense was unique. Hebrews 10:26-29 warns against the sin of apostasy. Kingdom Compassion and the Killing of Children Sanctity of Life Sunday. I HAVE, in several Discourses, shewn you, from plain and uncontestible Passages of the New Testament, what those Terms and Conditions are, upon which Almighty God will finally pardon, accept, and justify, those professed Christians, who have been, in any Sense, or any Degree, …Benjamin Hoadly—Several Discourses Concerning the Terms of Acceptance with God, "By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified" (Heb. Come, then, first of all to THE READING, MARKING, AND LEARNING OF IT; and you will observe that in it there are three things very clearly stated. Templeton fought to compose himself. Though he used the text in Deuteronomy as his base, Edwards had to have considered our text in this sermon. It is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time. He knows more than enough to be saved. Hebrews 10:1. They knew the truth about the person of Christ and His exalted role as High Priest. 39But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. But he rejected the truth and became an apostate. It was as if he suddenly felt relaxed and comfortable in talking about an old and dear friend. Charles Spurgeon tells about a church that was asked to accept as their minister a man who did not believe in hell. It is to turn from the only way of salvation to an obsolete system that never could remove the guilt of sins (Heb 10:4-note). You are probably thinking that was Charles Templeton, but you would be wrong, for it was Billy Graham. After referring to Edwards and Wheelock praying and then speaking with one after another of the people under conviction, the diarist continues, "Some in one place and Some in another-and Amazing and Astonishing ye power God was seen--and Several Souls were hopefully wrought upon [that] night, & oh ye cheerfulness and pleasantness of their countenances [that] received comfort" [quoted by Iain Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, 167-169]. - Ro 8:13+). He wants to hit us with the frightening consequences of turning away from Christ! Gary Hill adds that "hamartánō ("choosing sin") asserts the agenda of self, by (for) self, over God's loving plan. No (ouketi) means absolutely no longer. . but . 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