26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
37 “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:26-39
There is a true danger that exist for those who willfully sin after they have come to the knowledge of the truth. It is very different to make a mistake and willfully sin. A person who is struggling with temptation will lose a battle here and there as they are growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. But to willfully sin means we have rejected the Lord and begin to pursue sin and this world with everything that is within us. If this is the case, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins because we have knowingly rejected Jesus Christ after having our eyes open to the truth.
The writer of Hebrews brings up the point that those who reject the law of Moses without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses faces death. The law of Moses represents the Old Covenant and the point the writer of Hebrews is making is that if that is the result of rejecting the law of Moses, how much more is it true if we reject the precious blood of Jesus. If after coming to know the truth we treat the blood of Jesus as a common thing and trample it underfoot, we have forfeited the grace and mercy of God. What the writers of Hebrews is pointing too and bringing up is a very flippant attitude about God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus. We should be pursuing God and His kingdom with all our heart and this will protect us from willfully chasing after sin and the desires of the flesh.
Vengeance belongs to the Lord alone and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God without mercy. His mercy and grace are available to all who will humble themselves and receive what Jesus has done by making Him Lord and Savior. But when we reject the sacrifice of Jesus after our eyes have been open to the truth then how mercy and grace no longer remain. The writer of Hebrews through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is stating the true danger in having a flippant attitude toward sin. Sin is deceptive and if we view it as something innocent it will capture our hearts.
The writer of Hebrews tells his readers to remember the former days when they experienced trial and tribulation. For it is when we suffer for the Lord that we grow in our relationship with Him and our hearts are fully committed to Him. When things become comfortable it is very easy to get off track. It requires us to diligently seek Him daily, setting aside anything that would hinder our relationship with Him. He is to be our only desire and our only aim.
There is great reward that awaits those who endure until the end. The Christian life requires endurance and it requires patience. In this world we will face tribulation, but we have nothing to fear because our Lord and Savior has overcome the world. But we are called to press on and keep our focus upon Jesus Christ.
The Lord has no pleasure in those who would abandon the faith and turn their hearts from Him. We are called to be of those who patiently wait upon the Lord. For He is coming soon and has a certain day and hour in which He shall return. God is a God of order and everything He does is by perfect design. This includes when He shall return for His bride to take her home. But we must endure until the end and keep our focus upon Jesus Christ alone.
It is the just who live by faith and those who abandon faith in Jesus Christ only have perdition that stands before them. But those who endure until the end are saved and will spend eternity in God’s kingdom. Sometimes we simplify salvation to the point where many simply believe it is a one time event. But time and time again the Lord speaks in His word of endurance, being patient, and enduring until the end. There were those who abandoned Jesus who began walking with Him and there were those who abandoned the apostle Paul and turned from the faith. Let us understand the seriousness of sin and let us seek the Lord with our whole hearts. For it is His grace and His power that hold us close to Him, but it is our responsibility to seek Him with our whole hearts.