Summary: 1 of 3. The author of Hebrews laid out the unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief(willful sin). Such unbelief warrants an unavoidable forecast(consequences). But What is that forecast? An unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief is...
The FORECAST For RELIGIOUS UNBELIEF-I—Hebrews 10:26-31
Patrick Prokop is the meteorologist(weatherman) for Savannah’s WTOC Channel 11 News/He was a very good determiner of Savannah weather/A recognizable catchphrase of his was—“Today is going to be dee-lightful!” When he said that it was the way it was going to be!
His forecasts are based on observable weather patterns/These in turn, are predictable as a consequence of certain physical laws which drive our global, national & local weather systems.
Likewise, there are spiritual laws in place which drive predictable patterns of consequence.
Unbelief clothes itself with piety & religion.
I just do what everyone else does & I’m accepted—tradition is mere learned social behavior. I don’t have a good reason for it.
When it gets down to the ‘nitty-gritty,’ I am uncertain as to my future!
Most everyone else in the church seems to have an empowering experience but truthfully, I am empty.
The author of Hebrews laid out the unavoidable forecast for willful sin.
Religious unbelief(willful sin) warrants unavoidable forecast/merit(consequences).
What is the unavoidable forecast/merits(consequences) of Religious unbelief(willful sin)?
6 unavoidable forecasts/merits for Religious unbelief(willful sin) are...
1—An unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief(willful sin) is...
:26—“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,”
Some obvious examples of “sinning willfuly”(:26) are seen in...
1)NOT “holding fast” one’s “confession(:23).” This is a statement of one’s actual lack of trust in what we have stated to be our “hope.”
2)LACK of consideration & inattention to the spiritual walk of brothers & sisters in Christ(:24).
3)DISTANCING, DESERTION & SEPARATION from the “assembly” of the saints(:25). This results in a lack of “exhortation” for both the desert-er as well as the desert-ed. It is likewise a denial of the urgency regarding The Day of the Lord.
The expression of the actions described above— Shame of confession, Inconsideration, & Desertion— are examples of “sinning wilfully.” To sin willfuly is to “sin” after having experienced a willful reception of a full “knowledge of the truth.”
Such actions are “willful” in that the person sinning has already” received the knowledge of the truth,” yet they remain uncommitted. The particular truth being that 1)Holding fast their confession, 2)Seeking & 3)Seeking assembly with ‘like-minded believers’ are mutual, necessary, & stimulatory acts.
Reception of the truth is an act of choice of the will & of one’s desire.
God’s truth is Objective truth. It is not subjective—not bound by or subject to one’s opinion or belief. In other words our personal belief about anything or anyone does not make the actual(objective) truth any less ‘the truth.’ Truth remains in the presence of unbelief & disdain of it.
The only “sacrifice for sin(s) which is acceptable to God is the sacrifice of Jesus who is the Lord’s Divine Christ. Therefore there is absolutely nothing trustworthy & eternal left behind Christ to those whose actions decry a trust in Christ’s sacrifice. It is only by Christ Jesus we are saved!
*“Willful sin” goes uncovered by Christ. Nobody has paid for it. Jesus’ sacrifice is of no avail or account or is useless & does not suffice for these who are closely associated the church. The willful sinner has effectively denied that their actions are sin since they willfully remain in it. Jesus died to pay for the sins of those who accept His singular payment for them. “Sin”2X—amartanw—V.—1) To be without a share in; 2) To miss the mark; 3) To err, be mistaken; 4) To miss or wander from the path of uprightness & honor, to do or go wrong; 5) To wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin. Strong—properly, To miss the mark (& so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) To err, especially (morally) To sin.
“Willfully”—ekousiwv—Adv.—1) Voluntarily, willingly, of one’s own accord—1a) To sin wilfully as opposed to sins committed inconsiderately, & from ignorance or from weakness. Strong—Voluntarily. Used 2X.
“After”—meta—Prep.—1) With, after, behind. Strong—properly, Denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case.
“Received”—lambanw—V.—1) To take; 2) To receive (what is given), to gain, get, obtain, to get back. Strong—To take (in very many applications, literally & figuratively [properly objective or active, to get hold of; whereas decomai is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while aireomai is more violent, to seize or remove]).
“Knowledge”—epignwsiv—1) Precise & correct knowledge. Strong—Recognition, i.e. (by implication) Full discernment, acknowledgement.
“Truth”—alhyeia—N. f.—1) objectively—1a) What is true in any matter under consideration—1a1) Truly, in truth, according to truth, 1a2) Of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly, 1b) What is true in things appertaining to God & the duties of man, moral & religious truth—1b1) In the greatest latitude, 1b2) The true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention, 1c) The truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God & the execution of his purposes through Christ, & respecting the duties of man, opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles & the inventions of the Jews, & the corrupt opinions & precepts of false teachers even among Christians; 2) subjectively—2a) Truth as a personal excellence—2a1) That candor of mind which is free from affection, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.