Are you being deliberate in your faith to stay near to God? We have some tough teaching today relating to what happens when do the opposite: When we deliberately continue to sin against God, we treat the blood of Jesus as unholy, and we insult the Spirit of grace…
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 judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
We have been considering how to draw near to God and stay near to God in these last couple of days. Today we reflect upon what happens when we do not stay near. Here’s the summary of these principles today. If we draw near to God we need to stay near to God, and if we do not stay near to God then we ought to have a healthy fear of God.
Are you deliberately staying near to God or are you deliberately continuing to sin against God? Some of us might say that we aren’t being deliberate at all. We might not be trying to sin or trying to stay near to God – in other words we may not even be thinking about it. But isn’t that a dangerous way to live? My father in law says, from time to time, if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
What are you standing for? Shouldn’t we be deliberate in the way we live? Let me help by building the case for deliberate righteousness… When we deliberately sin against God, we do two things which we should never want to do – we should never intentionally do what this passage says: when we deliberately continue to sin against God, we treat the blood of Jesus as unholy, and we insult the Spirit of grace. Whoa…
As a follower of God, who is a child of God only because I have received Jesus and his sacrificial gift, I never want to treat the sacrifice of Jesus as unholy. I never want to step on Jesus.
Not only should we take this seriously, we should understand that God does take this seriously. The language here is very harsh, speaking of God’s vengeance and wrath: God will deal with those in the family of God who trample on Jesus’ name. So church, watch out!
Think about how deliberate you are in staying near. Stand for righteousness. Please God with your life.