means “if we sin willfully (go on sinning deliberately) after receiving the knowledge of the truth”…and the resulting “shrinking back to the destruction” (of their souls).
This will be a critical discussion, one which will hopefully leave you encouraged and not discouraged. This will conclude the groundwork which takes us into one of the most exciting chapters in the New Testament, Hebrews 11.
For you to prepare for our Worship time, please read the following and consider the bullet points, and try to read the verses listed at the end.
Heb 10 26. “If we willfully continue to sin…”
There is no more sacrifice (forgiveness)
We will face judgment
You are an adversary to be consumed by fire. (cf James 4:4 - You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”)
Does this apply to professed Cristians?...They had “received the knowledge of the truth” Received is the word “lambano.” It means to take hold of, to grab. Here is an example of its use with the water of life:
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation 22:17
2 Peter 2:20- 22 “For if… they are again entangled in them and overcome…”
Entangled and overcome by defilements of the world
Worse condition than before
Deliberate turning away
Reveals your true nature-dog, pig
Were they Christians?-They had at one time “escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” Knowledge is “epígnōsis”
It is more intens. than gnósis, knowledge, because it expresses a more thorough participation in the acquiring of knowledge on the part of the learner. In the NT, it often refers to knowledge which very powerfully influences the form of religious life, a knowledge laying claim to personal involvement .
This is the same word used in Ephesians 1:17, and refers to a deep and intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ that we should all seek.
Hebrews 6:4 - 8 “then (they) have fallen away…”
They bears no fruit, only weeds
Their end is burning
Were they Christians? They experienced all these: Enlightened, tasted, shared, tasted the Word and power…
Fallen is parapíptō:
“denoting a falling away, an abandonment. Some have suggested that this word indicates an error of weakness, fault or accident and does not represent deliberate, blameworthy or willful sin…However, the usus loquendi of the word yieldd no such meaning but in this case signifies deliberate acts of sin .”
What then is Our Responsibility?
What is the Evidence of our New Heart & The Evidence of our New Creation?
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Hebrews 3:6
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Does this mean we must work to maintain our Salvation?
Only if you believe commitment is work.
In light of these verses…consider the answers to the following…
Does lack of commitment reveal lack of gratitude?
Is our commitment revealed in our endurance?
Are those who turn back or fall away revealed as pretenders?
Is God patient with our growth, but then lack of growth reveals our true nature?
Please read these verses which shed light on these questions and an understanding of Hebrews 10:26-39:
Matt 13:20-23 (4 types of heart that receive Word of God)
Luke 13:6-9. (God gives us 4 years to produce fruit)
Mark 11:20-22 (Barren fig tree withers and dies)