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Dec 16, 2018
Preacher: William Mason
Passage: Hebrews 10:26-27

“If we Sin Wilfully…”

If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

(HEBREWS 10:26, 27)

Awful words! enough to make one’s heart tremble, excite a holy fear, and provoke a godly jealousy. Willful sins bring on woeful complaints. Yes, says a soul, I find it so by woeful [dreadful] experience: I have received the knowledge of the truth of salvation by Christ Jesus, and oh what have I done! Sinned willfully, and now I must be damned eternally; there is no hope, nor help; my sin is unpardonable: “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain, fearful looking for of judgment.” I am shut up in despair. I wait with terror my dreadful doom.—Stop a little; write not such bitter things against thyself. True, thou art condemned for thy past wicked conduct. It is proper you should take shame to yourself, and repent in dust and ashes. But this text never was intended to drive to despair, even the willful sinner, who sees and is sorry for his vile conduct. Consider, if every willful sin is unpardonable, after a person has received the knowledge of the truth, the whole must be condemned for ever: not one sinner would be saved. If so, that word could not be true, “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin,” (1 JOHN 1:7). Then backsliding sinners must perish without hope. God himself must prove false to His word; “I will heal their backslidings,” (HOSEA 14:4.) And Christ must be a false prophet when He declares, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men,” (MATTHEW 12:31). Consider well, two words in this text. 1. “There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Now, this willful sin, is rejecting the one sacrifice of JESUS—treading under foot the Son of God—accounting His blood an unholy thing, and expecting to be saved some other way. Here is a total apostasy and final unbelief. Whereas your guilty conscience seeks no sacrifice beside the one offering of the Son of God. 2. Mind, it is the adversary who is to be devoured. Is your heart set against CHRIST? Do you turn from HIM? Do you desire to have nothing to do with HIM? Oh no? I will answer for you, the one desire of your soul is to be pardoned through HIM, accepted in HIM, and saved by HIM. Then you are not an adversary to CHRIST. You shall not be devoured. This text no more belongs to you, than to angels in heaven. But this does: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 TIMOTHY 1:15).

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