Persevere in Faith (part 2)

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How 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? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. 

Hebrews 10:19-39

Let’s continue with this passage from yesterday. This is good stuff which was written for the early church and still applies to us today!
Here is a short re-cap:  God wants a relationship directly with us and not through the priests.  Jesus made this way and through Him and the work of the cross we are under grace, free from the Law of Moses and can confidently have a loving relationship with God our Father – becoming a child of God.
AND HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL!
Promised what?  According to one source there are 5,467 divine promises in the Bible. Another source says 3,573 and yet another says 7,487 – I have not counted all of them myself. But if it is promised in the Bible – He is faithful!!!
Also we should get together and encourage one another.  Or at least (during this pandemic) call each other. 
And to complete my summary of yesterday – God is good and loves us!

So, now, let’s pick up where we left off. Take a deep breath and let’s go.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
Sin. The Oxford dictionary defines a sin as a transgression against divine law or an offense against God. I think this includes when you just feel like something is wrong and maybe you shouldn’t do it, even though the Bible does not list it as a sin.  But you’ll have to talk to God about it – we each must work out our own salvation.
One very beautiful and graceful thing about sin is that God calls every type of sin, a sin.  We as humans tend to give levels to sin and score some as not as bad. But sin is sin.  Speeding in your car is a sin, murder is a sin – lewd thoughts (or even gentle loving thoughts) for someone other than your spouse is a sin, just like having a full blow affair and leaving your spouse is a sin.  I cannot spend all day here listing all the random sins that can be committed just to show you that a sin is a sin is a sin – and sin separates us from God.

Verse 26 is for those who deliberately, purposely, intentionally, consciously, and knowingly continue to sin.  I am not perfect and I have asked God to help change me and I am trying to grow –
Lord search me and see if there is any wicked way in me (Psalms 139:23-24).

No sacrifice for sins is left??? So if you continue to sin – refuse to change – then the work of the cross runs dry for you!!!  Romans 6:1 says god forbid us to continue in sin that grace shall abound – because grace runs out by continuing in sin!  
Yes, Yes – we know this. Most people following this blog are saved and have been for a while.  But hunny – this was written to people who were saved.  I am sure it can help lead the way for someone who isn’t saved – but this isn’t for them! This is for those of us who are saved.  It’s a time to look deep into your heart and see – let God’s light show you if there be any darkness.

When you run out of grace – the only thing left is a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that was made to consume the enemies of God. Enemies of God! Yes, continuing in sin makes you an enemy of God. And they go to Hell – actual Hell. It’s real. We see here that it’s real. It is not meant for the children of God. So God has provided this very stern warning about how easy it is to slip away.

And as for that judgment – we all have to stand before God at some point and account for everything. I do not look forward to that day.  I have been an enemy of God.  I have the assurance that after being judged I am still an heir to the kingdom of God – This is a truly fearful thing we should not take lightly.

29 How 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?”
Trampled Jesus underfoot?! Hey, I am not the one who said it – It’s in the Bible.  This makes me so uncomfortable I want to make jokes – but as much as God is love – he is also just. We should respect that. We should fear Him. Seriously, God is no joke – He sent His son here to die (think about that)! I would not send my son to die.
Insulted the Spirit of grace – look at this sweet little easter-egg God hid in here – Spirit of grace. Grace is so many glorious things and encompasses so much and can be so big because it is spirit.  I know, you probably tire of me putting that word in everything – But I am not putting it in anything, it is God that put it everywhere – like a gas let loose it disperses and spreads – it does not thin or become weaker by spreading, instead it becomes stronger! It is spirit!  

30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

“For we know Him” Even the demons believe and tremble – fire and brimstone. If you find any evil way inside you – repent and be saved! Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. He is faithful, and will clean and forgive you. Turn from wickedness. Turn to God!!
This is the balanced nature of our God.  Although we love to focus on the wonderful, glorious, and feel-good side of Him – His judgment is a dreadful thing. We must get to know all of him.

35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”

The modern business world always says if you are giving bad news always start with something good and end with something good and slip the bad news in between.  God did exactly that in this passage. Yesterday’s was so encouraging – today I reviewed it so you remember – because we continued with hell – now let’s be encouraged.  You know the wonderful stuff and that is why you are here. We just discussed the consequences of changing your mind now or slipping away. So do not throw away your confidence in God.
What about God am I supposed to be confident about? HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! Confident because of all those promises. The assurance that Hell is not your promised end. And that being an obedient child of God will be richly rewarded.

3You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”

Come Lord Jesus Come!!!

We don’t belong to the backsliders or those who refuse to stop sinning –

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

We belong to those who have faith and are saved – we belong to God – Jesus loves us! AMEN!
Be encouraged in the Lord.

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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