Myth 3: But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39
Myth 20: sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, and receive a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation which will devour God’s adversaries. Hebrews 10:26
Recently I found an interesting blog which states that we can lose our salvation in 70 ways. For the complete list of the 70 “ways”, kindly refer to:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/70-ways-of-losing-your-salvation-1-stop-believing-luke-813/
I must state my caveats 1st. The intention of this series of blog is NOT to refute BUT to explain in context what the verses which were use to support the writer’s contentions. This series of blogs are also not to demean NOR to prove him wrong. It is not even addressed to him but to many who share his views and as such are in a position of uncertainty. The point of this series of blogs is to give you an alternative view of what these verses mean and that you when reading this will be sure of the finished work of Christ.
And so that being out of the way, let us hope, words which may amount to slander and accusations may not be used against the writer or against me. To use words such as “heresy”, “satanic” or “false prophet” is childish and not Christ minded. If you can call me that, I can also address the same. I am not interested in that. I am interested in all of us finding the truth.
We will deal with 3rd “way of losing our salvation”. The writer states we can lose our salvation by “drawing back unto perdition”.
The writer quotes Hebrews 10:39. The King James Version from which the writer quotes from does not really bring out the meaning. The meaning of the verse is best illustrated in the NIV.
“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
The writer as such suggests that if Christians “shrink back” will be destroyed.
Again one must consider the context of such a statement. Let’s look at it. What is Hebrews 10 about? If you read the whole chapter carefully, you would note that the writer of Hebrews is addressing the Hebrews (not Gentiles) in relation of temple worship also known as the worship by way of the blood of bulls and goats as compared to a new and living way of worship offered by the blood of Jesus.
The writer stresses that while the blood of bulls and goats secure forgiveness year after year. The blood of Jesus offers forgiveness once and for all. It is here, the writer of Hebrews tells the Jews to believe in Jesus rather than the worship of the blood of bulls and goats.
Today many believers think the reason the veil of the temple is torn is to allow Christians to enter into the Holy of Holies of the temple of Solomon. It is not. The reason the veil was torn because God does not want the worship to continue in that temple.
He wants us to worship in His temple. The temple of eternity. That is why there is a new veil. It is the body of Jesus. See: Hebrews 10: 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God…
Note the new and living way is the new curtain, the body of Jesus. Now look at the purpose why the veil of Solomon’s temple is removed. See Hebrews 9: 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.
Notice there is a difference between the Most Holy Place and the first tabernacle. The first tabernacle refers to the temple of Solomon where as the Most Holy Place is the very seat in heaven.
So long as the Temple of Solomon stands, the Holy Spirit will not disclose the way to the Most Holy Place of heaven.
God wants to rid the temple practices because God does not live in the temple of Solomon anymore but in everyone of us who has placed their belief in the Son. This is because the system of bulls and goats doesn’t work. The offering of His Son did. Hence there is a new curtain, a new veil, a new and living way. The body of Jesus!
So the writer writes about a fiery indignation. A few years after Hebrews is written, the Romans burn the temple of Solomon down. See: 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
The following is probably the text that confused many Christians. This is the passage which speaks about “Sinning Willfully” which presupposes that the blood of Jesus only clean your past sins.
Here is the passage from the Jewish New Testament.
26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, of raging fire that will consume the enemies.[f]
28 Someone who disregards the Torah of Moshe is put to death without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses.[g]29 Think how much worse will be the punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who has treated as something common the blood of the covenant[h] which made him holy; and who has insulted the Spirit, giver of God’s grace!
Notice this sin is a singular sin. It is the same sin mentioned in Hebrews 12:1. One sin. That sin is only possible “after receiving the knowledge of the truth”. Before receiving the knowledge of the truth, you cannot perform this “sin” and the damage only comes when you do it “willfully”. Thus it cannot mean your every day “sins” because all your daily sins are willful.
What then is this “sin”? If you read about this “sin” in Hebrews 12, it is also the sin that entangle “us”. By now you should know the word “us” mean the Jews. What is the cure for this “sin” then? The writer of Hebrews says to look at Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
So what then is this “sin” that only be cured by fixing our eyes upon Jesus? It is found a few verses thereafter. It is to treat the blood of Jesus like common blood. Look at the context of Hebrews 10. We do not treat Jesus blood like common blood when we sin. We treat the blood of Jesus like common blood if we treat it like the blood of bulls and goats. How?
Well the blood of bulls and goats give you annual and temporal forgiveness. Jesus’ blood cleanses you forever because your sins are taken away (yes even the ones which you have not done) once and for all. Some of you here would argue your future sins are not taken away. But let me ask you something, when Jesus died were your born yet? Were the sins you committed before you came to Jesus future sins the moment Jesus died? Of course. So are the sins you will commit from the point of the cross.
As such “the knowledge of the truth” is to know the sacrifice provided the law, the Torah i. e. the blood of bulls and goats (common blood) cannot save you. Only the blood of Jesus can.
Thus this “sin” simply means not believing Jesus but reverting to believing to that the religious system of the blood of bulls and goats saves you. Simply said going back to worship provided by the temple of Solomon. In short, going back to the Torah to obtain your salvation.
By the way this is what Peter spoke about as “deny Him AFTER having escaped the pollutions of this world through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and your latter end can become worse than before you knew Him. 2Pet 2:20-22. What he then called “ a dog going back to his vomit”.
So then after they have this knowledge and you go back to the law there is no more sacrifice for them. This is because they have rejected the one and only way for [absolute] forgiveness for sins.
You would by now note I used the term “they” and not “you”. Well so did the writer of Hebrews. See again verse 39: “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
The writer is actually saying “we” being the Jewish Christians are not those (unbelieving Jews).
Hence is you read this verse, it actually does not refer to that of a shrinking Christian but an unbelieving Jew.
One further note, it is important to recognize that a Gentile was never under the Torah or the Law. As such the returning to the Law can never ever happen to a Gentile unless he is a proselyte. So again rest assured, the passage is not referring to the Gentile Christian. Be at peace. We are the ones that have faith!