26 For if we deliberately go on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who disregarded the law of Moses died without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, who has regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know the one who has said,
Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay,
The Lord will judge his people.
31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Reading these verses in Hebrews may spark fear for some, but there is an important lesson to be learned here. If we deliberately sin after we have knowledge of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we open ourselves to judgement from God. When we turn our backs on the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we are no different than people who refuse to believe the gospel. But what’s more, we place ourselves with no other options for salvation or forgiveness. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father except through him. If we ignore Jesus, we block access to the Father.
This passage is a strong reminder to tame our defiant selves and bring them into submission. We should take time to examine the motivations for our actions and, more importantly, we need to honor what Jesus Christ did for our eternal salvation, lest we find ourselves in the hands of God for judgement.
REFLECT – Is there some deliberate sin that you are engaging in? Do you see how willful rebellion is disrespectful to Jesus Christ’s actions to secure your salvation?
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