Summary: 3 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-III—Hebrews 10:26-31
Although he was a qualified meteorologist, Hopkins ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news program. He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions & showed that he'd been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.
That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired.
He moved to another part of the country & applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position.
Hopkins wrote, "The climate didn't agree with me."
Likewise, ‘the climate doesn’t agree’ with those who approach our churches with the thought of making themselves feel accepted thru association with outward celebration of true religion or religious trappings.
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...
In the last few weeks we discovered 4 unavoidable things that are in the forecast for religious unbelief were...
1. A FORFEITED REDEMPTION(:26)
2. An ULTIMATE FEAR(:27)
3. FORFEITED MERCY(:28)
5—An unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief(willful sin) is...
Explanation: (:30)Appropriate Justice
:30—“For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.””
1. Judicial Judgment or Decision precedes & produces Vengeance or Justice.
God Himself is the ultimate & universal ‘law-of-the-land,’ authority, One we must answer to, as it were. There is no law, no boundary, no threshold to cross, aside from what He determines. There is no righteousness aside from what He has stated. His decisions stand eternally.
2. Vengeance is demanded of the judgment.
Justice is meted out from the demand of the judgment. It’s fulfillment is set in motion.
The author, as is his custom, pulls his argument from Scripture. He quotes portions from Deut. 32:35-36. His audience is familiar with & respects the written word of God. All Christians should respect the entirety of God’s revelation. If any of it contradicts our doctrine, then we must change our doctrine rather than change Scripture to match our doctrine.
Any cult or sect claiming Christian beginnings or leanings changes Scripture to match their belief.
Mormonism(Mitt Romney/Donny Osmond)/Jehovah’s Witnesses/Church of Scientology(Tom Cruise)/Kabbalah(Madonna)/Christian Science(Church of Jesus Christ Scientist)/Catholicism(Rick Santorum)
The entire audience “knows” the One who said(in Scripture) that “Vengeance is Mine.” In this, God is stating that all aspects of “vengeance” are rightly determined by Him & His directives. There is no presence of fleshly determination in God’s vengeance. There is not the slightest tinge of of sin in God’s vengeance. Such vengeance is ultimately right.