“…and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” Hebrews 6:6
Oh my, I must admit that the above verse causes my soul to weep. Just the thought of causing Jesus to be re-crucified makes a chill run through my body. Some will ask if such a thing is even possible. The words above are God breathed and so there can be no doubt. This is the apostasy, the falling away, we discussed on yesterday.
Luke 19:10, tells that Jesus came on mission to this earth to seek and save the lost. Luke 4:18 tells us that Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recover sight for the blind and to set the oppressed free. Hebrews 13:12 tells us that Jesus suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Titus 2:14 tells us that Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession… … …. What a Glorious God of grace and mercy!
Yesterday’s Scriptures and post spoke of those who have been enlightened by the Word, tasted and seen the goodness of God, witnessed His power and rejected the Son of God and made the choice to remain lost, captive, blind, oppressed. They have no desire to be set apart unto the Lord and apart from sin. Their failure to appropriate the grace and mercy of God for themselves, to accept the free gift of salvation gives evidence that they are not interested in purity, holiness, or devotion to Christ.
God declares in Hebrews 6:6 (above) that “they themselves are nailing Him [Jesus] to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.“ Some may ask why God declared this rejection and rebellion to be public shame. It is because in doing so the these people are making a public declaration that the world is their true love and devotion. It says I have tasted and seen Jesus and His Word and I prefer the world.
May I share that every man must understand that God will honor your choice. So many say that I don’t believe that a loving God will send people to hell. It’s not that God sends people to hell…we choose to go. We are given the freedom of choice but we are not given the choice of the consequence. God’s Word very clearly shares the consequence of our choices. We are given the privilege to choose life or choose death, eternal separation from God.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
O Heavenly Father, You are the Holy, Righteous, and Pure God of great love, grace, and mercy! Thank You for life, salvation, redemption and sancification…please continue to seek and save the lost as You draw unto Yourself that man’s choice would be intimate and personal relationship with Jesus. In His Name we pray, Amen!