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32) Hebrews - Chapter 10:26 and following
For if we sin willfully - Deliberately absenting oneself from the Lord's Supper Church members should examine their
hearts to see if it is an excuse or a reason that kept them from the table.
Producing sin is not in the nature of the Christian - 2nd Peter 1:4 - partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
from the corruption that is in the world by lust.
The Jews had not sacrifice for sin of the high hand (Numbers 15:30).
God hates sin deeply, and for those enlightened ones who know better and have the power to escape and refuse it,
there is no sacrifice to cover it.
Those who go out from the blood of Christ have not only an evil conscience to feel but also the wrath of God to
face. Hebrews 10:31 expresses fearfulness of God's wrath. 2nd Peter 3:8-13 describes the method of God's
destruction. Nahum expressed that God's judgment grows out of the fact that He is a jealous God - See Nahum 1:2
Fire destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Fire destroyed Korah and his rebellious company (Numbers 16:35).
The backward-treading individual is to be counted as an enemy. Those not for Him are adversaries (Matthew
12:30). Paul, in 1st Corinthians 16:9, says that there are many adversaries.
"Setting aside" amounted to apostasy and was a capital offense (Deuteronomy 17:3-6). "Without compassion"
shows the strictness of an absolute God - Numbers 15:32-36 is an example.
Such offenses were trifling in comparison to turning against Christ after once being for Him. The word "sorer"
carries the idea of severity. Deserving the worst for deserting the best is suggested (Luke 12:47-48).
The three charges against such a one:
a) Treading upon Christ.
b) Discounting the blood of Christ.
c) Insulting the Spirit.
Insult, defiance is meant here. We see people who try to hurt loved ones, this is spite. Despite is an intensified
form of the word, translated, "to treat shamefully" in Matthew 22:6; "to insult" in Luke 18:32.
The Spirit that bestowed upon them such wonderful blessings is meant. When we turn from the path of the fruit of
the Spirit to produce evil fruit, we endanger the soul.
"The Lord is the avenger." A discussion of vengeance should consider three things. God delegated the power to
execute apostates of the nation of Israel to the rulers of the people. Now He has resumed the power, and He
reserves apostates for an everlasting destruction. Justice demands vengeance.
The persecution by brethren of loved ones is the most severe. Jesus prophesied that brethren would deliver up
brethren (Matthew 10:21-22). "Exposed to public shame" is meant.
Shrinking back puts us in the class with Cain. God loves the persevering, like Joshua, Abraham, David, Paul and
others. It may seem a little thing to yield to sin, but how terrible are the results.