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No More Sacrifice For Sins

Hebrews 10:26 says, For if we sin wilfully after that we have recieved the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. What are your insights on this?

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It is possible to sin against (violate) man's codes of etiquette, dress codes, table manners, etc.

Don't sin against heaven (goodness) like the prodigal son did, you should repent and not repeat that offense.

Most importantly, do not sin against a PERSON (it causes consequences that they suffer, have sorrow compassion).

'sin laws' (Ephesians 2:15).
law of liberty (James 1:25 and 2:12).
'tears of sorrow' IN THE HEART ("rivers", John 7:38, Rev. 7:16).
---greg on 6/1/08

I could hardly believe that the warnings in Hebrews were addressed to any other than fellow believers and followers of Christ. Hebrews 3:1: "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, 2: Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house." If the warning is to unbelievers, then those verses would be calling them to consider the faith?
---Nana on 5/30/08

That view gets dispelled by verses like Hebrews 3:12: "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13: But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." The audience thus far is the " holy brethren", "partakers of the heavenly calling" and again 3:12, "Take heed, brethren". Need I say more?
---Nana on 5/30/08

Though it could apply to the unsaved, remember the writer was writing to Christians, that is, to those who thought they were saved. When I read Hebrews Chapter 10, and was a Roman Catholic, I suddenly realized that all I had been doing up to that point in my life was just rituals and traditions made by men. This Chapter is POWERFUL. I don't believe Paul wrote Hebrews.
---frances008 on 5/28/08

#1 This warning is not to saved people, but to those who have heard the truth but have rejected God's salvation, provided thru the death and resurrection of Christ. Saved people never tread the Son of God under their feet, nor count the blood of Christ an unholy thing, tho' they may fail God. All men have been sanctified provisionally by Christ's death - Heb. 10:10. Some reject that divine provision, as did the Jews, who thus insulted the Spirit of grace.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/28/08

#2 They sinned wilfully, they turned away from the powerful Holy Ghost conviction. They were made to know that Jesus Christ was God's Son, whom He sent to redeem and save them, but they deliberately, wilfully walked away from "the Light of the world." They looked for another one to come and offer himself up as a sacrifice for sins, therefore, Paul said, "There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins".
---Debbie_Jo on 5/28/08

#3 The threats of judgment and the punishment and vengeance mentioned here are for "adversaries" of Christ and His redemption. It is exceedingly unworthy of the love and mercy of the God of grace to ascribe them to believers, who lose out and backslide. The Apostle quoted Deut. 32:35, in which we learn God's wrath expressed against His professed people the Jews. They had provoked Him by their unbelief and rebellion, just as they did in the time of Christ and of the early church.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/28/08

#4 Similar doom awaits Christendom today, because she is apostatizing. But the judgment of God will not fall upon those who are actually born again, tho' some may be chastised for disobedience if they do not judge themselves, but they will never see the lake of fire. The Christ-rejectors, not backsliders, "die without mercy."
---Debbie_Jo on 5/28/08

Mima (5/7/08) expresses the closest to my understanding of this.

It was written to the Hebrews (Jews) who had converted. They were under tremendous pressure from family, friends and associates to deny the sacrifice of Christ and return to the old way of sacrifice.

They are being told, it is either Jesus sacrifice or none at all. There is no alternative. The old way of sacrifice is no longer effective.
---Bruce5656 on 5/28/08

If we continue in unbelief(sin) after we know the truth, there remains no more sacrifice. The sacrifice of animals for sin will never do. Look to the cross. Jesus Christ took sin away, do you believe this?
HE is your only hope. Dont be fooled into thinking the flesh can overcome sin. Ye must be born again.
---duane on 5/28/08

Amen Todd1_You certainly got the Spirit in you. Good Job!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/28/08

It seems pretty cut and dry...if we sin willfully after we know it's a sin...the blood of the Lamb is not washing it away. It remains until we repent.
I think it's more of a passage directed at people who are already Christians.
---Todd1 on 5/28/08

Everyone is born with a conscience. For a long time we just ignore it and do what we want. Then we learn the Christian rules, and we realize that its wrong what we do, so we stop, or we don't stop. Some Christians are not 'saved', that is, they have not had that experience of the Holy Spirit catching them unawares and transforming their minds in a matter of a few minutes. Turning their lives upside down, and their former thoughts on a whole host of things. Continued
---frances008 on 5/27/08

This transforming power is so strong that we cannot stand doing the things we formerly did. If we continue sinning, knowing that God is real then there is really no more hope for us because our consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. That is a permanent and irrepairable condition. The good news is that most people committing sins these days have not yet been transformed. We need to work on finding the right Holy Spirit guidance, to get them to see the light.
---frances008 on 5/27/08

Blotted out of the Book of Life is a Real Biblical Concept & so can the treasures you've built up by the Good things you've done for the Lord.
A mouth(Christian) can confess the Lord Jesus, and his Heart Still be FAR from Him!
Remember Jesus said, He would say to many on that Day, I Never Knew "You".(Your Spirit)
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/27/08

Wow, all of these comments are confusing to me. Can't anyone nail this question on the head? Or, perhaps no one yet has actually received "the [full] knowledge of truth". If Paul wrote this, (and I don't think he did) please tell me why he would do such a thing since he said that Jesus took away the sins of the world?
---james on 5/27/08

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After salvation when a person willfully sins(and I have). There remains no more sacrifice than the one given in Scripture. That sacrifice of course is the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we must return to Jesus Christ for forgiveness, not that he is not already forgiven us, but that we may clear our conscience with him. I'm certain that Jesus took away the sin of the world but for me to have a comfortable close relationship with Jesus I need to keep clear my relationship with him.
---Mima on 5/27/08

Apostasy>>is the mark of those in whom God takes no pleasure, and it is a cause of God's severe displeasure and anger. Professors may go a great way, and after all draw back, and this drawing back from God is drawing on to perdition: I believe this is those who professes Christ but has never been bought by His Blood. The further we depart from God the nearer we approach to ruin. If we live by faith, and die in faith, our Soul will be safe for ever,
---catherine on 5/27/08

Paul here was talking to a people who had "passed over" and was warning them from going back to an old system. If they had returned to that old system, it would have been willfully and against the Spirit of grace. No matter the full meaning of the Scripture, this is obviously a people who have known fully the sacrifice and have chosen to leave that, thus blaspheming the Holy Spirit who had convinced them of that truth.
---Linda on 5/27/08

denna7667 You are trying out different colours and fonts etc and they don't work. I think that it is because you use them right at the start of your reply. Try again by typing at least one word normally before giving the command for whatever it is you want e.g bold, italics, underline colour etc. and I think you will find that works.
---RitaH on 9/14/07

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Best way to answer this is with Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,
If you continue to sin eventually God will allow you to do so without intervention on your behalf. That being said, if you repent you can be forgiven. Holy Spirit never comes where He is not welcome though.
---denna7667 on 9/13/07

From the methods of divine justice with those who despised Moses' law. These when convicted by two or three witnesses, were put to death. They died without mercy. The apostle infers the heavy doom that will fall upon those that apostatize from Christ. They have trodden underfoot the Son of God. What punishment can be too great for such men? They have counted the Blood of the covenant, wherewith He was sanctified, an unholy thing.
---catherine on 9/11/07

They have grieved, resisted, done despite to Him, which is the highest act of wickedness. Refusing to have the gospel salvation applied to Him. >>>If we live by faith and die in faith, our Souls will be safe for ever.++
---catherine on 9/11/07

This thing of a "willful sinner" and the lapsing "true believer"
is too far stretched of a double standard. What you are
saying is like the one say fornicates but the other just lapses
into fornication? Sin is Sin. Both of them do as James say:
---Nana on 9/7/07

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James 1:14: "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn
away of his own lust, and enticed. 15: Then when lust hath
conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death. 16: Do not err, my beloved brethren."
---Nana on 9/7/07

Cynthia, James states "every man". That also includes the
lapsing "true believer". The whole of Hebrews is witten
with this intent: Hebrews 13:22: "And I beseech you,
brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written
a letter unto you in few words." As you spoke of the re-
penting lapser, Paul warrns that repentance may very well
not be available when perhaps we may desire it most!
---Nana on 9/7/07

Hebrews 12:16: "Lest there be any fornicator, or profane
person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his
birthright. 17: For ye know how that afterward, when he
would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he
found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully
with tears."
---Nana on 9/7/07

Hebrews 10:26 says "For if we" The we includes the author and everyone who is hearing this message. In understanding who this passage is for the "we" says it all. The BIble was not written for unbelievers, but for believers.
---Matthew_froom_LA on 9/6/07

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Nana, the willful sinner sins because of an established way of thinking and acting, which he has no desire to give up. On the other hand, the true believer is one who lapses into sin and loses temporary fellowship with God. But he will eventually come back to God in repentance because the Holy Spirit will convict him until he cannot stay away any longer. Judas Iscariot turned his back on the truth and with full knowledge he chose to willfully sin and continually sin rejecting the one true sacrifice Jesus.
---Cynthia on 9/6/07

All the disciples had come into the knowledge of truth, yet they fell away briefly when Jesus was captured by the Pharisees. Peter even cursed. However, they came to their senses, much like the prodigal son.
---Mr._Graham on 9/5/07

Hbr 10:29 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?

How do you insult the Spirit of grace.
Bring in another way to find salvation - like not eating pork and observing Sabbaths and worshiping angels etc....
---Andrea on 9/5/07

There is no longer a need for blood sacrifice. Two scriptures (There are more) that come to mind are:

Hebrews 9:12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,
---denna7667 on 9/5/07

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From where did you get those insigts? Was it just by reading Hebrews?
I don't see how could you see such.
---Nana on 9/5/07

This passage of Scripture is not speaking to true believers, but to someone who may claim to be a believer, but truly is not. This scripture is about the sin of apostasy and anyone who apostatizes is proving he never had genuine saving faith to begin with(1 John 2:19). Judas Iscariot is a perfect example of an apostate.
---Cynthia on 9/3/07

Jane you are right on. This text is very plain... if we choose to sin, the sacrifice for our sins no longer covers us. But unfortunately... untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:16
Ignoring the plain words, picking and choosing texts, philosophying the plain truth to suit their desires so they can continue in their own willful way and reject God's will.
---robin8683 on 8/13/07

Notice he begins with the word "for"?

He is obviously making a connection. So what was Paul referring to in the following verse that he is connecting this to?
---augua9846 on 8/13/07***

Sorry, that was suppose to read preceding verse not "following" verse.
---augua9846 on 8/13/07

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Notice he begins with the word "for"?

He is obviously making a connection. So what was Paul referring to in the following verse that he is connecting this to?
---augua9846 on 8/13/07

Cyhthia, this is a wake up call to those who claim that "once-saved-always-saved-no-matter-whether-you-walk and dine-with-the-devil". You could have added verse 27: ... no sacrifice for sins is left "but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God".!
---Jane on 8/13/07

It means that if we willfully sin after knowing Christ, it is worse for us than if we had never known Him.

When Jesus died once and for all, it was for all of us on the earth, not for each time we sinned after being "saved".

2 Peter 2:20-21 (heck read the whole chapter).

What many seem to forget is that you have to read the whole of scripture, not just the parts you like.

Fortunately, Jesus gave His apostles a remedy to help us before we become lost for good.
---lorra8574 on 8/12/07

Im glad your here...u speak truth.
Now I dont have anything to add.
God bless...
---duane on 8/12/07

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If we - speaking generally of man - sin - miss the mark of our calling to salvation - willfully - by voluntarily refusing the call - after we have received - Understood the offer - the knowledge - via the Spirit, with full discernment, recognition & awareness - of the truth - that we are saved by grace, thru faith in His finished work. There remains no sacrifice - suitable offering or payment - for sin - or the error of that willful disrespect of and offense towards the Spirit and grace of God.
---joseph on 8/12/07

It means that the one sacrifice for sins, even after we are saved, was enough. And that it is not necessary to have more sacrifice. It was enough for the sins of the whole world.
---john on 8/11/07

Linda strong word I'm tempted to copy it and use it for all the denominations that say you must do 'whatever' to be saved. Its so difficult to get across that all our works are filthy rags and that it really is Him working through us. Thanks.
---Andrea on 8/11/07

Most here say that they will be judged just as harshly as those who have heard and then reject Jesus ... but it would be helpful to hear the views of all.

How will they be judged who have not yet heard of Jesus?
---alan of UK on 8/10/07
---Nana on 8/11/07

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Ill start with Ecclesiastes 7:29: Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions. That I believe because I believe that God created all men.
I am talking about full grown men because very small children cant stand upright and I be-
lieve that they must be raised eating butter and honey until they straighten. Isaiah 7:15: Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
---Nana on 8/11/07

The way I see it is that we will be judged by what we do rather than what we know In Matthew 25:31_46 is found that on judgement day the Lord will divide the judged in two groups, the righteous and the unrighteous, but neither of the sides will have remembrance of when did they fail to do as unto the Lord. Likewise, those who have not heard. A counter view asserts that without the knowledge of the Lord a man is automatically condemned.
---Nana on 8/11/07

Now, can a man know and desire to Love their neighbor as themselves without being told? I believe it is so. In John 8, the scribes and Pharisees came to
Jesus with an issue for the purpose of tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.
9: And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
---Nana on 8/11/07

So, there it is shown that people who do not know or have not accepted the Lord nonetheless have a conscience. There are other things that these people who may not have heard may have. Things like mercy and compassion. Even knowledge and understanding and discernment for it is true that In Genesis and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. . No, not one some say, but I believe that only the sick need a doctor as the Lord said.
---Nana on 8/11/07

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So I believe that we all will be judged for just about the same things. Take a thief of whatever faith you wish. Isnt it true that any a thief will employ the cover of darkness preferably? Even deception so as to make darkness of the light of day? Man knows to hide those things that it knows are not accepted or well looked upon. Did not adam hide?
---Nana on 8/11/07

It is a fearsome thing to fall into the hands of the living God. v31
If you walk away from Christ and think you are saved and want to go after something greater to save you. There is no other way by which we may be saved.
and yes you can walk away. He is able to keep you, but he does not force you.
---Andrea on 8/10/07

These are people who are aware of their sin, even make a profession of faith, but rather than going on to spiritual maturity, their interest in Christ begins to diminish. Things of the world have more attraction to them rather than less, and eventually they lose all desire for the things of God and they turn away. Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. These are those who receive with joy the things of the Lord, but who are drawn away by the cares of the difficulties they encounter because of Christ.
---Virginia on 8/10/07

A condemned criminal that receives a pardon does will not remain under that pardon if he goes out and continues in his crime. Same applies to the Christian.
It is an insult to the Jesus and the Spirit of grace if, after being forgiven, one disregards the law.
---robin8683 on 8/10/07

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#1 The passage within this verse appears seems to say that once we have heard the full news about the sacrifice that Jesus made, and His gift of salvation to us ... if we don't accept that gift, the sacrifice does not save us.
So once we have heard, we have to make up our minds!
---alan_of_UK on 8/10/07

#2 But there is another interesting point arising ... because there appears to be hope there for those people who have not yet heard (or received the knowledge) of the truth.

Most here say that they will be judged just as harshly as those who have heard and then reject Jesus ... but it would be helpful to hear the views of all.

How will they be judged who have not yet heard of Jesus?
---alan_of_UK on 8/10/07

I don't believe it is coincidence that the Scripture follows three "let us"....

Let us draw near with a pure heart in full assurance of faith...
Let us hold fast our profession of faith without wavering...
Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, but exhorting one another...
---Linda on 8/10/07

This is an "us" passage of Scripture..and "us" can only be "by the One offering". Hebrews 10:26 says, "For if WE sin willfully" not "if YOU sin willfully". We are one body and one bread because we partake of that one bread. Someone who has come to this place has come to "the full knowledge of God", "has been enlightened", "has partaken of the Holy Ghost" and deliberately rejects it to go back to Judaism or infidelity.
---Linda on 8/10/07

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