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If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace?[1]

When you first read this or are taught this as a baby Christian, you would think, as most still do, that sinning has to do with disobeying the moral code of the Mosaic Law. This is true only for those who are still under the Law of Moses and for those who have heard the Gospel preached to them but who have not put their faith in Jesus Christ. Those who have neither heard the Gospel nor Moses preached are not subject to judgement under the Law of Moses or condemnation for refusing to believe in the Gospel of Jesus, but are judged under their own law, the law God has written on their hearts and according to the faith they profess to have and the laws of that faith.

The writer of the Hebrew wrote: If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, then what is the knowledge of the truth other than: “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[2] That is the ultimate truth spoken by the Father of Truth about the Truth Himself. Thus, the deliberate sin referred to in the letter of the Hebrews is the deliberate refusal to listen to Jesus and the deliberate turning away from the words of Jesus to anybody else’s words, even to the Father’s words in the Old Testament without first seeing it in the context of Jesus’ words.

It should be obvious to anyone who has spent time listening to Jesus properly, that the Lord has systematically and methodically changed the Law of Moses in His teachings of Matthew 5, 6 and 7. For example, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement.”[3] And again, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”[4] I quote these two examples because these two laws are directly from the Ten Commandments, which came from the mouth of God and not the mouth of Moses. Even with these holy commands of the Father’s, Jesus said, “But I tell you…” as if to say, “You listen to Me even though the Father previously said something else.” If the Father’s command was not, “Listen to Him,” then Jesus would be guilty of sin and rebellion, but because the Father said, “Listen to Him,” then we have to do what Jesus tells us even when it is different to what the Father told us, much less what Moses told us.

As such, the judgment that is coming first, for judgement begins in the house of God, is when, “the Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”[5] Note that the weeding begins in the Kingdom of the Son of Man, not in the kingdoms of the world, so that it will be done first through the church to all who cause sin and all who do evil. What causes sin is anything that causes a disciple not to listen to Jesus, and those who have heard the words of Jesus and will not practise them, but practise someone else’s words are doing evil.

So, who is the man who has trampled the Son of Man underfoot? He is the one who seeks to substitute the words of Jesus with his own words in the church. He is the one who attempts to pronounce a judgement that is superior to Jesus’ judgement; men like James the Younger and his disciples.[6] Whenever you substitute the words of Jesus with the words of the Old Covenant, you have trampled on the Son of Man and have treated as unholy the blood of the covenant that sanctifies us, that is, sets us apart from the Law of Moses unto the Law of Jesus. For to such men, the drinking of blood remains forbidden. And when you disregard the words of Jesus and His work, you have insulted the Spirit of Grace, for Jesus came by the Holy Spirit and was empowered by the Holy Spirit and raised by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the entire work, pride and joy of the Holy Spirit. The Grace of God could not be manifested if the Holy Spirit had not agreed to overshadow Mary and conceive in her the Christ. Nor could Jesus perform His ministry with His power or be raised from the dead if it were not for the Holy Spirit’s power.

Thus, when we are ignorant as to what constitutes sin for a disciple and what constitutes sin for a non-disciple, we are grieving the Holy Spirit, and when we call what is under the Law of Moses as sin for those who are under the Law of Jesus, we insult the Holy Spirit. For it is by faith in the words of Jesus that we put into practice the eating of the bread and the drinking of the wine as if it were His flesh and blood because He said it is. As such, the Holy Spirit will always treat us as ones who are cut off from our people by the Law of Moses and have God’s face set against us. But what sort of face can God set against us when what we have done has been done in obedience to His command, “Listen to Him,” and Jesus commanded us to eat and drink the flesh and blood of a Man, His?

Thus, all who are listening to Jesus and are practising His words are no longer judged by the standard of the Mosaic Law. We are no longer under that Law for we have been condemned by that Law already for listening to Jesus. As such, we are judged according to how we listen to Jesus, which is why Jesus said, “Consider carefully how you listen,”[7] and that is, what is the attitude with which you listen, careless or carefully, and whether you are listening for His glory or for your glory. We, who are condemned by the Mosaic Law but set free by the Law of the Son, are sinning whenever we do not listen to Jesus carefully. When we do not listen carefully, we are listening in a forsaking manner and wickedness is the forsaking of God. When we do not put into practice diligently what we have heard from Jesus, we are guilty of the sin of laziness. These are the two sins that get a servant expelled from the Kingdom of Heaven – wickedness and laziness. As such, the deliberate sins that the writer of Hebrews 10:29 is writing about are firstly the sin of wickedness in the forsaking of the words of Jesus and the sin of laziness in not practising His words. Committing both sins deliberately will subject you to judgement. However, many in the Kingdom are not wicked by choice but by ignorance, yet they are not lazy in putting into practice what they have heard. They will not be subject to the full punishment but rather be given the grace to see the error of the way they were led into and repent. They only need to remember to be merciful to those who misled them. Some are not wicked, indeed they do listen carefully to the words of Jesus yet they do not diligently put them to practice, but rather they practise them casually. As such, they are not likely to be profitable in what they do although they do do something. Such servants face the possibility of not being mentioned by the Lord for a reward, like the seven servants who also received a mina were not mentioned.[8]

As such, insulting the Spirit of Grace, means for you and me, being ashamed and even causal about the practice of the words of Jesus. Indeed, if we consider practising the words of Jesus as something that is not befitting us, we insult the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit is Himself carefully listening to the conversations between the Son and the Father, as well as carrying out everything that Jesus has asked Him to do continuously, unceasingly and joyfully. Thus, anyone who diligently, unceasingly and continuously puts into practice the words of Jesus to do what He has told us to do and to do what He told us to believe for, the Holy Spirit will be to him the Spirit of Grace so that when the disciple fails in his practice of the word, the Holy Spirit will be there with all Grace to sustain that disciple. It is this Grace that flows through us as we eat and drink the flesh and blood of Jesus so that we are not condemned by the Law of Moses but set free by the Grace of God because the power of the Holy Spirit permits us to see the face of God and live, as Jesus sees the face of God and lives.

It is the certainty that we have this Grace and the basis by which this Grace flows to us in an unbreakable river that will permit us to master sin and have dominion over it. As such, the mastery of sin is not the deliberate sinning as Hebrews 10:29 would have you think, indeed, those who seek to master sin have already offered a righteous sacrifice of listening and obeying what God said to Cain. To listen and to obey is better than sacrifice and burnt offerings, Samuel said.[9] Sacrifice and burnt offerings may look righteous to men, whereas walking around stripped and cooking bread over dung may look sinful, but then those who had walked around stripped and cooked bread over dung had listened and obeyed what they heard, but those who offered burnt offerings have not listened and obeyed.

In the same way, those who listened and obeyed Jesus will look as out of place as Isaiah and Ezekiel in a church that prefers to listen to James the Younger and his teachings. But then, those who profess to listen to James have not really listened, for when they practise and teach from his letter in the church to the church, they have not listened carefully to James either, for James began the first line of his letter with: To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: greetings.[10] His letter was never addressed to the twelve churches scattered amongst the nations. As such, stand firm in your efforts to listen to Jesus, for those who claim to listen to James themselves do not listen carefully, and they have only judged themselves and condemned themselves by their own words when they oppose you for listening to Jesus.

As such, it is vital for you who are being taught the Grace of God to know what truly grieving the Holy Spirit and insulting the Spirit of Grace are. When we listen to Jesus but do not practise diligently the words of Jesus, we ignore the Holy Spirit. For when Paul wrote to the Ephesians: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption, he mentioned what would grieve Him: bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. And he showed us what comforts the Holy Spirit: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.[11] For it is the continuous diligent practice of the words of Jesus that will help you to be rid of all bitterness, which comes from unforgiveness; rage, which comes from anger fuelled by unforgiveness; and anger itself leading to brawling and slander, which is bearing false witness against each other with malice – by the practice of continuous repentance.

Those who are in a habit of grieving the Holy Spirit will find it difficult to take offence at the insulting of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, if you yourself do not care enough for a person not to grieve them, you will not care if they are insulted. But those who carefully listen to and diligently practise Jesus’ words, and who seek to comfort the Holy Spirit, will become most sensitive to the insulting of the Holy Spirit by those men who have trampled Jesus underfoot, and considered the blood of the covenant as something unholy and should not be drunk. When you feel the insults for the Holy Spirit, you will be ready to receive the fullness of Grace that is needed for the mastery of sin. For the mastery of sin is not the act of deliberately sinning as some do after we have received the truth, but rather, it is our continuing effort to prove the Lord true in all His words, even in doing what He has been doing and doing even the greater things as He said in John 14:12. The ability to master sin is what He did, so then we can do likewise. But for that we must come to the place where the Spirit of God is the Spirit of PURE GRACE and that place is found only in the company of those who have lost their head for their testimony of Jesus and the word of God.[12] They are subject to no judgement for the Lake of Fire has no power over them, thus they are subject only to the Spirit of Grace and not the Spirit of Judgement.

Thus, when we talk now of sin, we speak of sinning against the Law of Jesus and not the Law of Moses. The priorities are vastly different as you shall see. Paul wrote: forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Under the Law of Christ, unforgiveness is warned against and forgiveness is taught in Matthew 6:12-14; 18:21-35; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37; 11:4; 17:3-4 and John 20:23 (seven times altogether). And when Jesus spoke about His authority, His authority to forgive sins is repeated three times in Mathew 9:6; Mark 2:10; Luke 5:24, whereas His authority to take up His own life again is mentioned only once in John 10:18. Yet not once in Exodus or Deuteronomy is the command to forgive ever given, but rather the command to execute judgement was given.

In another comparison, only once did Jesus teach with regards to sexual immorality, and that was the definition of what adultery is for a disciple when He said, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The punishment for that is the loss of sight so one could no longer look at a sight like that, but the Holy Spirit can just as easily restore with His power through repentance. However, in the old Law, an entire chapter is devoted to sexual immorality and its punishment.

It is clear then what is sin under the Mosaic Law is not sin for those under the Law of Jesus, for sin under the Law of Jesus carries a much higher standard, and since it is an attitude of the heart as well as an action, it is a higher standard to fulfil. That is why there must be unceasing repentance and continuous forgiveness. No wonder then that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Grace to those who lift up Jesus and rejoice at the sanctification that is available for those who drink His blood. For Jesus set for us a much higher and more difficult standard of sin to master than the Mosaic Law with its external rituals. As such, anyone who listens to Jesus and desires to do that which He has done is guaranteed the Spirit of Grace.

For he who seeks to master sin deliberately has listened and obeyed the Father where Cain failed, and has begun to do what Jesus had done for us—mastered the sin to give us life. AMEN


 

[1] Hebrews 10:26-29

[2] Matthew 17:5

[3] Matthew 5:21-22 (Exodus 20:13)

[4] Matthew 5:27-28 (Exodus 20:14)

[5] Matthew 13:41

[6] Galatians 2:12-13

[7] Luke 8:18

[8] Luke 19:12-26

[9] 1 Samuel 15:22

[10] James 1:1

[11] Ephesians 4:30-32

[12] Revelation 20:4

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