Hebrews 10 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Ahmi Kim, Gracepoint Berkeley

Hebrews 10:26-31
26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

•Given the seriousness of this message and the fact that this is addressed to believers, what should my attitude be towards vigilance against sin?

God is fair in that He addresses the wickedness that comes from knowing but deliberately sinning after knowing the truth.  Once we DO know the knowledge of the truth – what is sin, who it is against, how serious it is (requiring the cross and the blood of Jesus), then we are held to a much higher liability and consequence thereof. This, then, addresses the Christians, those of us who have the knowledge of the cross, for which we are held to a higher standard than non-Christians who do not know or have accepted the truth about sin and its consequences. Yet, sometimes, Christians act almost like non-Christians in our attitude of vigilance (or lack thereof) against sin. I think it is subtle, because, as a Christian, I do not indulge in media entertainment, do not have TV, keep myself to DTs, and the good boundaries set by our church to help ward off sin. However, sin is sin, and if I think that’s enough vigilance against it, I’m being very foolish. There are many other ways to deliberately keep on sinning – refusing to confess specifically, keeping the quality of devotion times generic, skipping out on some needed fellowship times or sharing times without a good reason, and so on. I can get lax toward myself and others, because I think that we’re sinners who will keep sinning and needing forgiveness, so it’s a lifelong process and need not be addressed so urgently and strongly now. It’s a sense of accepting the nature of sin and cause of sin much too quickly and readily, in the name of mercy.

Whenever we resist this kind of deliberate effort to not keep sinning in our subtle ways, I think one of the reasons is that we simply underestimate what kind of sinner we are, and do not fear sin enough. If we do, we would recognize that Hebrews 10:26-31 is a reality check and not some extreme take on sin. It is a clear warning to Christians that I take to heart once again, that I am held to a much higher accountability because of the precious knowledge of truth that gave me life. It is also a blessed reminder to live a life of faith and love, and be other-centered as Christ commanded.

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