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Hebrews 10:26-39
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(Hebrews 10:26-39) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the
truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment
and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died
without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye,
shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted
the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done
despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto
me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a
fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance the former days,
in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye
were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became
companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took
joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better
and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of
God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come,
and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall
have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them
that believe to the saving of the soul.  (KJV)
If we sin willfully

There is a difference between accidental sin, and willful disobedience. There is a difference
between accidently stepping in a puddle, and sitting down in a mud hole. If someone
deliberately does what they know to be wrong, if they disregard the morals and commands of the
Bible, if they don’t care what God has said, there is no forgiveness for them until they truly
change their mind that will change their action – until they repent. They will face the judgment
and wrath of God.

(2 Peter 2:20-22) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the
knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and
overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for
them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn
from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to
the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to
her wallowing in the mire.  (KJV)


How much sorer punishment

Under the Law of Moses, one could be punished to the point of death upon the testimony of two
or three witnesses. If the testimony of men could bring such dire results, what about the results
of turning away from the blood of Jesus? Those who refuse to allow the blood to cleanse them
(by their actions) have denied the efficacy of the blood, and refused the extension of grace. They
have turned their backs on the only thing that can save them from the full fury and wrath of the
living God.

(Romans 2:1-11)

(Hebrews 2:1-4) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we
have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was
stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken
by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them
witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost,
according to his own will?  (KJV)

(Matthew 12:31-32) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be
forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but
whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this
world, neither in the world to come.  (KJV)


The Lord shall judge His people

The Lord shall judge His people. Not only will those who have refused the gospel face the
justice of God; but, it will begin with His people – the church. Vengeance will be meted out upon
those who have turned away is unbelief and disobedience. Those who have given up and those
who have turned aside will face judgment and punishment.

(Deuteronomy 32:35-36) To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide
in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them
make haste. For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when
he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. {power: Heb. hand}  (KJV)

(1 Peter 4:17-19) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it
first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the
righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let
them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well
doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (KJV)


The former days

The Hebrew writer urges the Hebrews to stop and remember what they had been through. What
they had suffered at the hand of their brethren and the Romans when they had come to the
knowledge of the truth. The Jews, as well as the Romans, had persecuted them for following
Jesus. And if they themselves had not suffered persecution, they knew those who had. They had
endured the embarrassment that had been heaped upon them. They had compassionately
sought to help and to comfort those who had been persecuted, even the writer of Hebrews.

(1 Thessalonians 2:14-16) For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which
in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen,
even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and
have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: {persecuted us:
or, chased us out} Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up
their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.  (KJV)

(Philippians 1:27-30) Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that
whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast
in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing
terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of
salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe
on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and
now hear to be in me.  (KJV)


Cast not away your confidence

Realizing the faith and the position they once held, the Hebrew writer encourages them to hold
on to that confidence, that trust, which allowed them to endure the hardships they had so far
experienced. Their faithfulness would be rewarded. Their endurance would culminate in their
reward from the Lord. Their obedience to the will of God would allow them to gain that which was
promised.

(1 Corinthians 15:58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the
Lord.  (KJV)

(Matthew 5:11-12) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. {falsely: Gr. lying} Rejoice, and be
exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets
which were before you.  (KJV)

(Galatians 6:7-10) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he
that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in
well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity,
let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  (KJV)

(1 Peter 1:3-9)


He that shall come will come

The promise of the return of Jesus is not an idle promise. God cannot lie. Endure. Jesus will
come again.

(Acts 1:9-12) And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and
a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he
went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee,
why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into
heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned
they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's
journey.  (KJV)

(2 Peter 3:3-10)


If any man draw back

The just press on by faith. Faith fuels them. Faith bolsters them. Faith allows them to be brave.
Faith makes them courageous. Faith guides their lives, regardless of the circumstances which
surround them. Those who have gone back to the Law or to the world have broken faith with God
and with His Christ. They have turned away from Jesus, and the grace and mercy available
through His shed blood. They have turned from the salvation of their soul, an eternal home in
heaven to damnation, eternal punishment in the lake of fire.

There may be those who turn aside and who turn back, but that does not describe us. We will,
with the confidence of faith in God and in the sacrifice of Jesus, continue in faithful obedience
regardless of what may be done to us. Whether humiliation, or imprisonment, or torture, or death
– we will not allow anything or anyone to deter us from our course, and obtaining heaven as our
home.

(Habakkuk 2:4) Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live
by his faith.  (KJV)

(Galatians 3:10-14) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is
written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of
the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for,
The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live
in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it
is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might
come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith.  (KJV)

(1 Thessalonians 5:9-11) For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by
our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live
together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as
also ye do. {comfort: or, exhort}  (KJV)

(Romans 8:34-39) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen
again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor
depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.  (KJV)


Nu 15:30; Heb 6:4; 2Pe 2:20-21; Eze 36:5; Zep 1:18; 3:8; 2Th 1:8; Heb 12:29; De 17:2,6; 19:
15; Mt 18:6; Joh 8:17; 2Co 13:1; Heb 2:2; Mt 12:31-32; 1Co 11:29; Eph 4:30; Heb 2:3; 12:25;
13:20; De 32:35-36; Ps 50:4; 135:14; Ro 12:19; Lu 12:5; Ga 3:4; Php 1:29-30; Col 2:1; Heb 6:
4; 2Jo 1:8; 1Co 4:9; Php 1:7; 4:14; 1Th 2:14; Mt 5:12; 6:20; 19:21; Lu 12:33; Ac 5:41; Php 1:7;
1Ti 6:19; 2Ti 1:16; Jas 1:2; Mt 5:12; 10:32; Lu 21:19; Ga 6:9; Col 3:24; Heb 9:15; 12:1; 1Pe 1:
9; Hab 2:3-4; Lu 18:8; 2Pe 3:9; Ro 1:17; Ga 3:11; Ac 16:30-31; 1Th 5:9; 2Th 2:14; 2Pe 2:20-21