• William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 19, 2021

Daily Reading: Hebrews 7-10

Hebrews 10:26

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

This does not mean that a person who believes in Jesus Christ as Messiah (and all that that means) has no hope of forgiveness for willful sins. Just the opposite. To understand this verse understand that it is not a complete sentence, it continues on in verse 27: But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Let’s break it down.

A willful sin is a sin of willful disobedience. For example, Romans 14:23 states clearly: …for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Therefore, consider the verse just before today’s verse, Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. The New Testament was written with a predisposed understanding that every saved individual would be a part of a New Testament, Bible believing church from which we are not to forsake. So, if a person who has trusted Christ forsakes church, this is a willful sin, this is a lack of faith in the area of attending church. Is there any way that person can be forgiven of that sin? Yes, a thousand times yes.

However, that willful sin of dropping out of church has no more sacrifice for it other than the sacrifice already offered, which of course is Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Do not be led astray here. There is no sacrifice for sin other than that which has already been offered. When a Christian sins willfully they must go back to that original sacrifice that they offered to God for sin, the Lamb of God, Jesus. There is no remaining sacrifice for sin, but there is a continuing one. Not that Christ is offered continually, Hebrews 9:28 proves this: So Christ was once offered… He is not offered over and over and over again, and there are not more offerings for sin; there remains no more sacrifice.

What remains for willful sin? Fearful looking for of judgment… Chastisement as we learn of later in this book. How then can a willful sin be forgiven? 1 John 1:9 tells us how. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We go back to that one sacrifice for all sins, the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Just as the old hymn proclaims: “Oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

He is the only sacrifice for sin, now and forever!

So, until tomorrow, live by faith for Christ today.

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