What will you do with Christ?
When all is said and done, that is the ultimate question that everyone has to answer. For those who decide to put their trust in him, they find life, both here in this world and in the world to come.
But for those who hear the message of Christ and reject it, there is no hope for them in this life or in the life to come. And that’s what the writer of Hebrews warns in this passage. He says,
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (26-29)
What is the writer saying here? If we deliberately sin by rejecting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, there is no other way of salvation. There is no other sacrifice God will accept, whether it be animal sacrifice, the sacrifice of “good” deeds, of money, or anything else.
The writer tells us that even with the Mosaic law, a law brought by angels (2:2), people would perish for their rebellion against God on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
How much more then will people be punished for continuing to rebel against God when Christ himself offers us this salvation bought with his own blood? It’s as if we are treating the precious blood he shed on the cross as if it were nothing. As if it were just ordinary blood as common as a bull’s or a goat’s.
And in rejecting Christ, we trample him under foot and insult the Holy Spirit himself.
The consequences of such behavior?
For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (30-31)
In short, we will be judged. If we will not let Christ pay the penalty for our sin, we will have to pay it ourselves for all eternity. And there will be no escape.
How about you? What will you do with Christ? Will you accept the gift of grace he offers that he paid for with his own blood?
Or will you spit on his gift, and continue to rebelliously walk your own way?
You can receive his grace or you can receive his wrath. Which will you choose?