Thursday, 20 November 2014

Warnings in Hebrews: Don't keep on sinning

10:26 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

Don’t keep on sinning. One of the first things that Christ always taught the multitudes was repentance. Salvation is dependent upon acknowledging that we are sinful and cannot be reclaimed and reconciled to our Holy God without openly acknowledging that we have sinned, that Christ paid the penalty for our sins on the cross with His blood and if we turn to Him in repentance and faith we are forgiven. Having done so we have ransomed hearts that are ever in the process of renewal as we walk in obedience. Christ did not forgive e.g. the woman caught in adultery, without telling her to go and sin no more.
In 1 Corinthians 13:6 Paul reminds us “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” To know the gospel and use it as an excuse to do what we know is wrong, depending upon a cycle of sin and forgiveness is to treat the cross with disdain. As Paul says in Romans 6 “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!” and in Romans 8:5-7 “ Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace..”
The grace of God is a beautiful thing, but only when it accompanies repentance and obedience.

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