His Response

Hebrews 10:29 English Standard Version (ESV) How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?

A disobedient servant is one that cannot be trusted. The first response to continued willful sin is a breakdown in relationship which we caused. Saved or not sin still has consequences which we cannot escape. We can be assured of eternal salvation because we placed out faith in Christ but that does not mean that we can be unfaithful and escape any consequences for our willful sin.

2 Corinthians 5:10 English Standard Version (ESV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Make no mistake here, this judgment falls upon those who are saved from going to hell for they are part of the bride of Christ, the true church.

Ezekiel 16:63 English Standard Version (ESV) that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord God.”

An unfaithful servant will no longer be allowed to speak for God. His witness is tainted with sin.

God is consistent in His response to sin. Yes He is faithful to forgive a repentant sinner who confesses his sins from the heart. God owes nothing to the sinner who only confesses in his mind to escape the consequences of his actions.

Hebrews 6:5-6 English Standard Version

and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Continual willful sin has dire consequences.

Connections

Hebrews 10:26 English Standard Version (ESV) For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Picking up where we left off yesterday, we ask if we have a proper understanding of this scripture.

Where we must focus our attention in understanding first our own behavior in this situation rather than God’s reaction. This is not just deliberate sin but continual deliberate sin. We know the truth because the scripture says specifically that we have received the knowledge of truth. Before we can understand God’s reaction to this we must acknowledge our own responsibility in choosing sin over truth.

God is faithful while we on the other hand tend to dabble in sin. It is much like the junky who has gone through rehab and kicked his habit. It can be said of the dry drunk. We are still in danger of being caught up in a past sin if we dabble in it. Junkies call it chipping. Take a huge rock of cocaine and chip off just a little bit and do it. Just a little taste, just a little sip, one can’t hurt me. It is a lie.

Romans 7:23 English Standard Version (ESV) but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Sin can once again take you captive because the capacity to sin remains even while the inclination to sin disappears.

1 Peter 2:11 English Standard Version (ESV) Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Continuous willful sin means we have been taken captive once again by sin. Once we accept our fault in the behavior we can then examine God’s response to our actions.

We will pick this up again tomorrow.

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