Heb. 10:26-27 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover those sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.
We must always let the Word speak for itself. It is a dangerous practice to fit it into our theology and make it say what we want it to say. Let us hear what the Word says to us today. A key word in our understanding of these verses is the word if. This is a conditional state. The consequences of our abandonment of faith are severe.
If we DELIBERATELY continue sinning after we know better, we are in deep trouble with God. Deliberate speaks of intent. Deliberately sinning is not done accidently, but on purpose. It is a determined way of life. It is true of those who have a cheap concept of grace. The thought is that once we are saved we are not going to be punished for sin so it doesn’t matter whether or not we sin. It is taking lightly God’s hatred for sin and abusing His grace. It is essentially saying that Jesus’ dying for our sins wasn’t that big of a deal; it doesn’t affect the way we live.
Receiving the full knowledge of the truth can be interpreted to mean just intellectual knowledge or heart and mind knowledge. I will let others determine that. What matters is the attitude of the heart towards sin. There is no saving grace for those who determine in their hearts to live a sinful life. Sinful conduct breeds sinful consequences. God will never condone sin or excuse it. Sin in the heart will be punished. A sin-infested heart will not enter into heaven. The reality of it is God will condemn all who insist on living in sin and not grace.
Saving grace changes the attitude we have towards sin. We no longer can tolerate living in it. We strive to overcome it. We seek God’s continuous help in identifying it and ridding ourselves of it. Godliness becomes our way of life instead of sinfulness.
How do you feel about sin? Does it bother you when you do it? Are you deliberately striving to not sin? Are you more concerned about your soul’s standing before God than you are the pleasures of sin? When we deliberately sin against God, it is showing God great disrespect. It is abusing His wondrous grace.