Summary: We are all subject to the temptation to turn back when things get tough, go seriously wrong, etc. What does it mean to turn back? What can we do to prevent it?
DON’T TURN BACK
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 10:38 – 39 (Or start reading at verse 21.)
10:38 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
I. WHAT DOES “TURNING BACK” MEAN?
II. HAVE OTHERS TURNED BACK?
III. WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO TURN BACK?
IV. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREVENT (Protect) MYSELF FROM
I. WHAT DOES “TURNING BACK” MEAN?
A. Some ignore “turning back” by simply saying that it is impossible to have
once known Christ and then turn back. This is a noble attempt to preserve
the beauty and majesty of His saving grace, but it just isn’t true. God will
not force anyone to stay in the family of God.
B. Turning back is terrible, but it is a reality.
1. Galatians 5:4 “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of
you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
2. I Corinthians 9:27 “But I keep under my body, and bring it into
subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway [Same Greek word used for reprobate].”
3. II Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;”
4. Romans 11:21 “For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed
lest he also spare not thee.”
5. I Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take
heed lest he fall.”
C. Turning back is rejecting the sinless sacrifice of Christ
1. To crucify Christ afresh.
Hebrews 6:4 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
2. To trample the blood of Christ under foot.
Hebrews 10:29 “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”
And why is it impossible to have a qualitatively different or new repentance? Because to have a different kind of repentance, it would be necessary for Jesus Christ to die again on the cross. But this is impossible, because according to the entire teaching of the book of Hebrews, Jesus Christ died once and for all for man’s sin. He cannot come back and die again in order to gain for us another redemption which will see us through this time.
Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;