Hebrews 10:26–32 (ESV)
The Full Assurance of Faith
26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside
the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 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? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Wow! What a tough reading! I tell people to stop continuing in their sins and to walk according to the ways of the Lord. In fact, today’s reading warns us: “26 For if we go on sinning deliberately
after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.” So this is NOT my saying, but the Bible itself giving this
warning! So you have no worries if you stop sinning! So do it! But wait a minute pastor! We can live a perfect life! What are we to do? Well, we are to stop sinning... but I must admit that even I, as a pastor, fall short
daily! I am a sinner! So I minds well give up. Right? Well... No! It is true that I need to stop sinning, but I can’t. My only hope is to take my sins to the cross. Jesus is the only one who has lived a perfect
life. He took my sins and made atonement. While I’m to not continue in my sins, I must take them to the foot of the cross.
I pray: Oh Lord, I know I fall short and I am a sinner.
Help me to not sin, but forgive me when I do. Help me to know it is not my perfection that gets me into heaven, but your perfection and forgiveness. You alone are my hope and salvation. Amen.