19 comments on “Warnings

  1. I love the way you said all of this. Great point on he is speaking to believers and their sins, not the sins of the world of non-believers.

  2. Hi Don. I agree this is a warning to JEWISH Christians of the day who due to persecution, struggled with renouncing faith in the finished work at the cross for returning to the sacrifice of bulls and goats. A dreadful mistake considering Christ IS the final sacrifice for sin.

  3. We need to think about this passage carefully. Paul, in Galatians 1, said, ‘If we, or an angel from heaven should present to you a gospel other than the one which we presented, let him be accursed.’ I read this Hebrew passage in the same way. The ‘sinning’ is the rejecting of the Gospel of Christ — his life death and resurrection as the only means by which we must be saved. If we reject this, there is no other way to be saved, no other sacrifice sufficient, all that is left is the sure prospect of judgement — if we go on sinfully rejecting Christ and trampled upon mercy that comes only by him. By this stage in the letter, the author has presented accurate information (epignosis) regarding the truth of the gospel to these Hebrew church people. Some of these church people are Christians under pressure, others are religious people but not Christians. The message to both groups is that to abandon Christ is death. Don’t do it. This message will strengthen the pressured Christians, and might (under the work of the Spirit) convert the non-Christians. This is not a passage that says Christians can lose their salvation by cheating on their income tax, or their partner (as bad as such things are). In Romans 7 Paul admits to continually sinning, but his hope is Jesus’ saving work and his motivation to fight his sin is Jesus’ saving work. All the best.

    • I very much agree that this passage is not about cheating on taxes or one’s partner, for it is quite clearly about turning one’s back on Christ and walking away from Him. Thank you for your comments!

  4. Thanks for tackling a sticky subject and a difficult book in general.

    What I think it also interesting here is how the author contrasts this to what he already said about God already forgiving our sins through Christ’s sacrifice, once and for all, and that this New Covenant cannot be broken by us (because we didn’t make it). We can only believe it by faith. While our sins are forgiven and forgotten, if we reject His grace by not having faith in this finished fact (Eph. 2:8 in the negative), then we do so to our own peril. Definitely speaking to current believers to keep the faith.

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