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,
What is the truth intended in this verse that we believers receive?
We receive the doctrine of the gospel on the conviction of its being truth, that is to say we receive it when our hearts have been softened, and our eyes and ears opened to the voice of the Lord, we then take on the profession of the gospel as truth. If we willingly go on sinning after receiving the the gospel we are left without excuse before God. How could we ever explain away to Him or give a defense for ourselves of voluntarily choosing to love and participate in what He hates? When we have received the knowledge of the truth we are to be joined to Christ in baptism, dedicating ourselves to Him, joined to the church, and continuing in the duties of its worship.
Do believers still commit sin against God?
We have learned already that we are to hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering in our study of Hebrews 10:23, and we have learned the way in verses 24 and 25 of which we are to continue in our profession. Willful sin against what we have been exhorted to do is the relinquishing and renouncing of our profession of faith and it’s acts and duties belonging to it. The sin being discussed today is the renouncing of the truth of the gospel, the promises of it, and the duties of it once we have been convinced of its truth and it’s power and excellency.
When the apostle Peter denied Christ, did he succumb to the sin that is being described today?
The apostle Peter denied Christ while Christ was being interrogated at the High Priest’s house. He had been suddenly surprised and tempted – he didn’t have a plan to deny Christ, in fact he had recently said he would never deny the Lord! Peter did not have an internal rejection of the gospel. Ignorance of truth can also leave us in darkness, and although that is evil and dangerous it does not leave us guilty of this particular crime against God. The sin today being described is where a person by choice and of their own accord, from the internal depravity of their own minds, with an evil heart of unbelief choose to depart from the living God.
What is something today people commonly profess to believe when they turn from God?
Many times today you might hear something along the lines of “I used to be a Christian, now I am an atheist”. Which is to leave the gospel for another form of religion – in the day Hebrews was written it was those who fell off from the gospel and returned to Judaism. There are two things in the foundation of the profession of the gospel – the blood of the covenant, shed by Christ, and it’s atonement, and the dispensation of the Spirit of grace. These are openly renounced and it is declared that there is nothing of God in these things.
Can a person who does this be saved?
Today’s verse should be a caution to us, that to voluntarily relinquish our profession of the gospel and it’s duties is of the highest sin. It is to taste and see that the Lord is good and to turn and vomit Him out. This high handed sin against God calls God a liar to His face, and it is a sin that is attended with the height of wrath and punishment. We are warned so that we may diligently keep watch against everything that inclines us or disposes us to this sin.
What are some things that may be a temptation for us to commit this sin?
Doubts and fears may tempt us to deny God in our hearts, it is crucial to our eternal souls that we are saturated in His Word so that we may have the answers to our doubts and fears. In Job’s time of trial his wife flippantly advised him to curse God and die, Job tells her she speaks as a foolish woman and asks shall we accept good from God’s hand and not adversity? In our times of trials we may be tempted to think that we are not loved by God or to doubt His goodness. We must be anchored and steadfast in the truths of the gospel so that we are not carried about on the waves.
What does today’s verse mean when it says there is no more sacrifice for sins when someone has done this?
The first thing which the apostle charges as an aggravation of this sin is, that it cannot be expiated, “There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins;” — words not unlike those of God concerning the house of Eli, 1 Samuel 3:14, “I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.” An allusion is had here to the sacrifices of the law. As there were certain sins which — from their nature, as murder, adultery, blasphemy; or from the manner of their commission, with obstinacy and a high hand — they had no sacrifice allowed for them, but those that were so guilty were to be “cut off” from the people of God, and to “die without mercy,” : so is it with them that “sin willingly;” there is no relief appointed for them, no means for the expiation of their sin. But yet there is a special reason of this severity under the gospel, and this is, that there is now no multiplication or repetition of sacrifices for sin. That of Christ, our high priest, was “offered once for all;” therefore “he dieth no more,’” he is offered no more, nor can there be any other sacrifice offered for ever.
God dealt with them strictly and severely under the mosaic law, is God’s requirement of obedience any less today?
Many people believe that it is not too late, even after death to repent of their sins. They may even believe that there is no eternal punishment for sins. Some believe that even if there is a hell, and they were to go, they joke that it will be fun, one big party where all of their friends are. This could not be farther from the truth. Scripture tells us that today is the day of salvation, that the time for repentance is now, and that even tonight our souls may be required of us. For those that have not been cleansed and atoned for by Christ, there will be no relief in death. There will not be a second opportunity to come to God by any other means.There will only be eternal torment and punishment as we spend eternity paying for our sin.