What Did Paul Mean About Sinning Willfully?
This post was made in reference to a comment posted to me concerning the video on WorldNetDaily by Richard Rives – JUST THE FACTS – dated November 11, 2014 “How Do You Know if You Know God?”
I’m not sure I follow what you are saying as far as Hebrews 10:26 applying to a born again believer today.
“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.”
What I see concerning Hebrews 10 is that Paul is addressing Jewish Hebrews who have been keeping the Old Testament laws and in particular here, he goes into great detail in the book of Hebrews describing the differences between the Old and New Covenant sanctuary laws and the priesthoods.
It is my understanding that the Apostle Paul was telling the Jewish Hebrews that if they continued to offer the sacrifices of the Old Covenant (animals blood, etc) while seeking to be justified by Christ, that they would actually be rejecting Jesus Christ and His sacrifice (the Messiah to Whom those things were pointing to and symbolizing); and if they did that, there would be no more sacrifice for sins. Jesus Christ (Yeshua) is it.
I believe that is why Paul redirects them back to look at those who rejected Moses’ teaching of the laws of God concerning the Old Covenant. Paul is admonishing them to obey the New Covenant sanctuary system.
I am reminded though of people who have sought God who were turned away because of their lack of sincerity of heart to obey Him. Also of those who continually provoked Him to jealousy because of their unrepentant sins while yet offering to the LORD. Yet others who for a while believe and later completely turned away into unrepentant sinning.
But the whole point of Jesus saying He wouldn’t turn anyone away, proves His great mercy in wanting to save the repentant sinner who wants to follow Him in obedience. I believe He doesn’t want anyone to miss out on salvation because they think they have been too bad to be forgiven.