A Warning of the Judgment of God
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. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Hebrews 10:26-31 is a warning by the author for the readers to avoid the judgment of God. We have established that the author has written this letter addressed to fellow believers, but also knows that everyone who may read this letter is not necessarily a believer. To clarify, these two verses we are looking at are not directed towards believers, nor does it promote the belief to lose salvation. John in 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Yet, an individual who “deliberately” goes “on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth,” is an individual who has heard the gospel message of Jesus Christ, yet has rejected it and is willfully choosing to sin and go in opposition of God. For cultural context, the author here is speaking of these individuals who have heard of Jesus Christ and what He has done on the cross, yet has returned to the practices of Judaism and the first covenant, attempting to offer sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. Yet, Christ had already paid the penalty of sin on the cross, offering Himself as the one and only sacrifice, therefore, “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” To reject Christ, then, the consequence is “a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.” To take these two verses in context of the entire chapter, speaking on the perseverance of the faith and to have Christ as the foundation of your belief, the author can be summed in saying, “If you find yourself claiming to have this relationship with Jesus, and yet, return to the habitual and deliberate sin, or even turn away from Christ and follow another religious belief, you may have not initially made that decision to follow Christ at all, and are in danger of the judgment that is to come, when Christ will make His enemies His footstool.” That is a dangerous area to be in. On the other hand, if you are a believer, there is that confidence and assurance, knowing that if you have that relationship with Christ, the penalty for sin is paid for and there is nothing else necessary for you to try to add to your salvation. Not only that, but to be a believer to be confident in knowing that Christ is the great High Priest mediating between the Father and you, and that because of what He had done, you are free from the Father’s judgment and instead will experience eternal joy in paradise.
Isaac De Guzman