For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. Heb 10:1-2 (KJV)
A couple of days ago we examined a simple question, “Was Abraham saved by faith or works?” Which is another way of saying, “My Bible College class was Romans 3-4.”
Now, I’m aware of a peculiar phenomenon, that most people can read the Bible and walk away, not having understood a single thing they read. That’s why we have Pastors and Evangelists. They’re very good (or are required to be) at explaining a topic to you so that you can understand it. That’s why Pastors get very caught up in little things that congregations don’t understand and don’t care. The Pastor is required to study, learn, keep his doctrine strong. etc.
There is a connection between Hebrews and Romans. Very often, when you need to understand Hebrews, find where the same topic is discussed in Romans. And when you don’t understand it in Romans, turn to where its discussed in Hebrews. That’s why books like “Nave’s Topical” and “Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge” come in handy. Along with the Old Schofield King James Bible, despite its problems.
Hebrews here is explaining that, had the Old Testament sacrifices been acceptable, were they capable of taking away sins in and of themselves, they would be needed once and only once. But we see sin offerings commanded daily in the Bible.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Heb 10:4 (KJV)
There’s the bottom line. The blood of an animal by itself is powerless to take away sins. Now, two days ago we saw that Abraham was saved prior to circumcision, because of his belief that God was able to do all that He had promised. Not only that, but Abraham (and Job) both believed in the Resurrection of the Dead. Abraham knew that if God wanted Abraham to slay his only son Isaac, then God obviously planned to raise Isaac from the dead. It turned out that God wanted Abraham to undertand a valuable prophecy, and learn some very valuable lessons, which could probably provide a pastor about 3 months worth of Sunday Sermons just dealing with this chapter of Genesis.
Faith in God and a strong belief in the ressurection. Both Abraham and Job (short for Jobab, by the way – he was a ruler of a small kingdom, if he was the Jobab of Genesis) expressed a belief in both. And it was counted to them for righteousness.
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:9-10 (KJV)
The Lord Jesus Christ completed the sacrificial aspect of the law, through His death and ressurection. The sacrifice of the sinless Lamb of God was effectual for all creation. He completed in His own flesh and blood the sacrifices. Once completed, they no longer are needed. They could finally be done away with forever.
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Heb 10:16-18 (KJV)
If you are forgiven, there is no more need for the offering of sins. We begin to move into several doctrines at once now, ranging from “can I lose my salvation?” to “Is Salvation a one time occurance, or is it a lifetime process?” Hebrews 10:18 answers all at once.
God will remember your sins and iniquities no more. This means that all sins are dealt with at Calvary. If the sin offerings were completed once and for all, then they are completed forever. This means that all sins, past and present, have been completed. If you have been saved, it is forever, because there’s no need for any further sacrifices.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Heb 10:26-27 (KJV)
How do we reconcile these? There seems to be a conflict between verses 116-18 and verses 26 & 27. Notice the wording. If. This is a hypothetical. You can’t have your sins taken away fully, and then lose that. the sins are gone. they no longer exist, and the penalty against them is cancelled. The penalty can only exist if those sins remain. once those sins vanish, they are gone forever. So verse 26 and 27 describe someone who was never saved. The only way you can end up in Hell is a pattern of lifelong denial and rejection. you cannot accept him, accept His sacrifice, and possibly turn away. if you did turn away, you never had truly accepted Him to begin with. it is not possible. That rejection must persist until your death, for you to go to Hell. if you tried being a Christian, rejected it and Jesus later, and then repented and came back… you either were not saved, or in temporary rebellion. Did Peter go to Heaven? He denied Jesus three times – but later died a martyr for Jesus. The “Unforgiveable sin” is lifelong rejection of Jesus, not one time. Peter cursed and blasphemed when they accused him of being a Christian. How did he end up? Heaven or hell? So… if you ever did reject Jesus, don’t panic. Make sure your biblically saved, and it will take care of that.
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. Heb 10:32-33 (KJV)
This verse refutes all Armenianists, by saying “call to remembrance”. It tells those that reject Jesus they can still be saved, still come back. If you could not be saed, then why does the writer of Hebrews tell his listeners to “call to remembrance”? This is to get one to recall the gospel message they had once heard that attracted them to Christianity, so that they might turn and be saved.
Next time we’ll look at Biblical Salvation, and see what it takes to be saved.