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Is God's Love Really Unconditional? (Hebrews 10)

We serve an incredibly loving and forgiving God. It overwhelms me to realize I am forgiven because I know my sins don't deserve forgiveness. But by His grace, when I trusted in Jesus as my Lord, confessed and turned away from my sins, He forgave me.


The question is, if I go on sinning, am I still forgiven? It depends.


Hebrews 10:26-27 [26] If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, [27] but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.


This can be a pretty scary passage that could make God seem very unloving, if we misinterpret it.


So first we need to know that no human being will be perfect in this life no matter how much we try (Romans 3:23). For example, I can set out today, determined to never sin again. But the reality is, as a human being, I will sin again. Thankfully, Jesus' death on the cross covered all sins for all people who have repented and made Him the Lord of their life.


But that's not what Hebrews 10:26-27 is talking about. So let's look at it again here:


Hebrews 10:26-27 [26] If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, [27] but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.


The key to understanding this passage in context is the word, "deliberately." The word, deliberately, means when we know that God's Word says something is wrong, we say "I don't care what it says. I'm going to do it anyway." When we do this we are saying, "I'm going to do what I think is right in my own eyes."


Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.


So we have to make a decision. When it comes to right and wrong, are we going to submit to God or try to play God? Who do we choose to be on the throne of our lives?


If we are submitting to God, we are acknowledging that He is the One who created our world and everything in it and determines right and wrong, according to His Word.


If we are trying to play God, we will do what seems right in our own eyes.


But God loves all of us so much that He came in human flesh as Jesus to die an excruciatingly painful death in our place so that all who choose to repent of their sins, will receive forgiveness and eternal life.


2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.


The question is simply are we willing to accept God as God, as the Lord of our lives? Are we willing to submit to what He says is right and wrong?


If my sin means Jesus had to die that horrible death on the cross for me to receive forgiveness and eternal life, do I really love Him if I keep on deliberately doing what He died to save me from?


John 14:15 If you love Me, obey my commandments.


God loves every single one of us so much that He does not want anyone to be separated from Him now, in this life or for all eternity. But because of His great love, He gives each of us the choice to accept Him as our Lord or play our own God doing what we think is right in our own eyes.


Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve .. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.


Each of us has to choose who will be the God of our lives. No one else can make that decision for you.


Dear Lord, Daily I am amazed that You would step off your throne, put on human flesh so that we could know You personally and understand the sacrifice that You were willing to make for us, your creation. Lord, thank you for loving us so much that You would allow us to choose where we will spend our eternity. Lord, thank you for filling me daily with your Spirit and peace, for comforting me daily with your presence. Lord, please give me patience and strength to fight the fiery arrows of the evil one. Please guide me each day so that I live to bring You glory in all things. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen



Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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