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Truth Discernment

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BEYOND RETURN

Wilful Sinning (I)

This is another issue that the writer of Hebrews raises. For us to sin willfully is to disregard God, and thereby, to jeopardise our spirituality. The word ‘wilful’ gives a sense of blatancy; rebelliously going against what is divine and the will of God. Willful sinning is to intentionally act against the knowledge of the truth (Heb. 10:26a), despite being well-acquainted with it. This act is directly the opposite of those who are ignorant (Heb. 5:2). Going astray shall be the end result of the latter. But, they are to be actively led back to the fold of the Lord. As for the former, they shall face the scary prospect of ‘there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins’ (Heb. 10:26b).

Now, what exactly is a wilful sinning? The example given to define the concept is the rejection of Moses’ law (Heb. 10:27). Which example is Hebrews talking about? ‘The testimony of two or three’, points to the one in Deuteronomy: when one transgresses the Law of God by worshipping idols, one is punishable by death (Deut. 17:2-7). This is the sin that causes God to be infuriatingly jealous. This basically severs the relationship with God completely. This sin of idolatry makes one to be guilty of violating the covenant of the Lord, who had considered and taken one to be His.

The wilful sinning in the context of Hebrews brings about a much more severe punishment (Heb. 10:29), in the light that they have already been given the knowledge of truth (Heb.10:26). The sinning here comprises of three main counts:

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