“All sin is done willfully otherwise God could not judge us by our works.” – Brook Potter
One question that often comes up, is the question of what happens when we continue in sin as a believer, are we at risk of losing our salvation? Often Hebrews 10:26 – 27 is quoted at me, that says:
Hebrews 10:26 – 27 For 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.
The author of the book of Hebrews is writing to the Jews about how things are going to work now that Jesus Christ is the ultimately sacrifice for sin, once for all (Hebrews 10:10). He is addressing those who are professing to have faith in Christ for their sins, but are yet still engaging in temple sacrifices and cleansing rituals as part of the Jewish tradition.
We know, all sins, past, present and future sins were judged at the Cross, and mercy was given to all men (Romans 11:32). The sins of the whole world has been forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ, yet while we were still dead in our sins, and even before we came to faith in Christ, because of the blood of Jesus (Colossians 2:13). The question becomes, what is Hebrews 10:26 talking about, if it is we know that all sins have been forgiven?
The answer is found in the following verses where the Author explains the context. The author goes on to explain the consequences of people who rejected each of the covenants that were given to the Jews. Firstly, In Hebrews 10:28, the author explains what happened to the people who despised the Law of Moses and how they died without mercy. In Verse 29, we see the illumination of what these verses are talking about.
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
The sin that is referred to in Hebrews 10:26, is the sin of having come to the saving knowledge of Christ, but then turning away from Him to say, we don’t need His sacrifice, we’ll trust in our own sacrifices. That’s why verse 26 says there is no more sacrifice for sins. God is not going to send another Lamb, Jesus is It.
In short, he is addressing the sin of unbelief in what Jesus Christ has done regarding sin and our salvation. We can know that our sins are forgiven, but by our actions live a life of sacrifice and duty, trying to earn forgiveness and salvation, because we really don’t trust in what He has done. We have been saved by his Grace, Jesus Christ’s Finished Work (Ephesians 2:5), through Faith in what He has done (Ephesians 2:8-9). The only sin that can remove that saving faith from you is the unbelief in what Christ has done, and turning to find another sacrifice apart from his Blood.