There are two sides to every coin.
And we see that in this passage. On one hand, there is the inheritance that God offers to us if we will become his children and heirs.
On the other hand, there’s judgment if we refuse.
Considering the awesomeness of the inheritance that could be ours, and the great love Christ showed by paying the price for it on the cross, how can we refuse?
Yet many do. They trade the temporal for the eternal. And instead of living for God, they live for themselves. This despite the fact that in doing so, they end up hurting God, others, and even themselves. And because of this, when they die, they will be judged.
As long as we have breath, we have the chance to turn and repent. But once we die, there is no turning back, no repentance, and no chance of blessing. As with Esau, many will seek God’s blessing with tears, but will not be able to gain it.
As the writer of Hebrews said earlier,
Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (9:27)
And so now he warns,
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven…for our “God is a consuming fire.” (25, 29)
Often times, the picture of God as a consuming fire is a picture of his holiness and judgment. You see it on Mount Sinai when he gave his law to Moses. You see it when he judged Aaron’s sons and the enemies of Israel. And you see it here.
If you refuse him and his offer of life, only judgment remains.
Nobody likes to hear that. They like to hear only of God’s love. But God must judge rebellion and sin. Either you let Jesus pay the price for you, or you pay it yourself. There are no other options.
What will you choose?