“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ” — Hebrews 10:24-25
The Christian has a confidence that no one else can cling to. His sins are forgiven.
The writer of Hebrews reminds all Christians that Jesus Christ’s blood satisfies once for all the sacrifice required for our sin. Offering an annual sacrifice to appease God is no longer required.
“For a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” — Hebrews 10:14
It is because of this shared blessing that like-minded Christians desire fellowship with one-another. Taking His gift of forgiveness for granted and neglecting shared joy with other forgiven people can easily lead to God’s “fury of fire” (10:27).
Forgiveness once for all is a truth that the Christian celebrates. Those who reject Christ also reject forgiveness. Those who reject the assurance of this forgivenss also reject what Christ has accomplished asking him to sacrifice himself again. The tenth chapter of Hebrews speaks the truth about this forgiveness.
“Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” — Hebrews 10:18
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.” —Hebrews 10:26-27
If a Christian is forgiven completely and once, then he is motivated to express gratitude for his new sanctified state. He does this with the help of the Holy Spirit in ceasing deliberate sin and by encouraging other brothers and sisters in their forgiveness. God’s Word is clear on this matter. Since Christ completed the final sacrifice necessary to redeem His church, then it is the obligation of every Christian to obey Christ fully no longer expecting Christ to pay for sin again. One way of showing gratitude and obedience is by worshiping together. By not doing so, a Christian shows that he is not truly confident in Christ. To spurn the grace of God with intentional sin and neglecting the fellowship, is akin to rejecting the Son who is THE only hope of salvation and grace.
Are you confident in the forgiveness made available in Christ? Are you merciful to others as God has been toward you? Are you so grateful that you want to share this gratitude with other like-minded, forgiven people? Are you encouraging others in the faith as you want to be encouraged? Are you seeking to invite the unforgiven to believe in the same, and only, Savior that you have believed?
My prayer for Clintwood Baptist Church is that we would all hold tight to each other just as Christ has embraced us. May we cease sin causing Christ to be crucified again. Since it is impossible for Christ to be sacrificed again, then we should be cautious in our sinful attitudes toward Him. Let us rejoice and celebrate together that Jesus paid it all! That God has forgiven us as we have believed in and trusted Christ. May we not give Him cause to see us as adversaries.
In HIS Grip
Pastor Bryant Owens