Do you have a “evil unbelieving heart”?

10 points about Hebrews 3:12-14
Hebrews 3:12-14

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

1. This passage of Scripture was written to the Jews before AD70 when Israel was going through a transition period. 

2. The transition period was from Law to Grace. The Law began to end when Christ died. The Law totally faded away in AD70 when the Temple was destroyed. 

3. Hence the term “evil unbelieving heart” does not mean a sinful heart. It means after you come to grace, you want to go back to the Law. 

4. “Falling away” hence means falling from Grace back to Law. Not falling into sin. 

5. The “deceitfulness of sin” here points to a sin. Not sins. Reading the passage here that sin is “unbelief in the work of Christ”. By that I mean going back to the Law. 

6. Every time “sin” as in singular is mention in Hebrews, it means unbelief or treating the work of Jesus as if it was equal to the Law and not much better than it. 

7. Hence the “original confidence” means confidence in the finished work of Christ. 

8. This warning was only relevant because the Temple was around. 

9. The Temple was destroyed in AD70. Sinai was also destroyed in AD70. So was the Law. It doesn’t exist anymore. Christians are to obey the Law of Christ not the Law of Moses. 

1 Corinthians 9:21

To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

From this verse you will see the Law of Christ is different from the Law of God. 

This is the Law of Christ. 
1 John 3:23

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

10. As such people get confused which Law the Bible speaks about. Since the Mosaic Law was destroyed in AD70, it is impossible for these verses to apply either to Jews or Gentiles. 

There is no Law to turn back to. The destruction Hebrews warns us about is the siege and destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. Not hell. 

As such these verses do not mean what some think it means. 

Hebrews 7 says your High Priest is able to save you completely. That he did.

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