Hebrews 10:26-29

Apostasy & Crislam
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Vv 26, 28, the author(s) of this letter to the Hebrews now applies the “law of apostasy” as found in Deuteronomy 17:2-7. Apostasy “abandon one's beliefs or allegiances”. Apostasy is simply treason against a religion or state.

In Deuteronomy, a member of the covenant people, Israel, renounced his allegiance to the God of Israel, and thus to national Israel. He transgressed the covenant, and gave his allegiance to another god, an idol. Reading the various aspects of God’s covenant with national Israel, we find it was more than just citizenship in a nation. God in his grace placed that person in his covenant people, the Kingdom of God; he was made heir to all the promises of the physical kingdom membership, both its blessings and curses. (See Deuteronomy 27ff, &c.)

Deuteronomy 17 deals with those who chose to reject the blessings of serving (obeying) the God of Israel as revealed in His Word, and instead swore allegiance to another god, a god that was working to undermine and even destroy the reign of God on earth through his covenant people. (We will not go into it at this time, though we have in the past: National Israel was to be a “missionary” statement of the true God to the world. It fulfilled that mission for a very short time through David and particularly Solomon.)

Knowing the true manner of worship, and the penalty for abandoning that manner of worship, those who publicly renounced their allegiance to the God of Israel to follow another god were to be put to death---they had committed treason against God and the Kingdom of God.

Hebrews 10: 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

First, a common false teaching from this passage in Hebrews is to say that if we sin after conversion, we have lost our salvation. Second, it is commonly used to say that there is an unpardonable sin. However, We know God cannot lie nor contradict himself, so these two ideas just be in great error.

V. 26. Our idea of truth is quite contrary to God’s definition of truth. Truth is a Person not a humanistic idea. That Person is just, holy, upright, the law maker, a person of wrath against sin, &c. Truth is everything that describes the God of Scripture.

Hebrews was written to the Hebrews: They are being told that “if we” Hebrews willingly return to the Temple and its Levitical priesthood for atonement after we Hebrews have heard the truth of Christ’s atonement, there remains no more sacrifice for sin. There is no other means of atonement other than Christ: There is no other name under heaven whereby men must be saved.

To sin against the truth is to sin against Christ and His atonement. There was no atonement possible for the Hebrews who preferred the Temple sacrifices over the sacrifice of Christ. There is no atonement for those who seek atonement other than through Christ alone. They will face God’s judgment and fiery indignation for despising his Son. They will be devoured by God’s judgment.

V. 28. The law against apostasy, Deuteronomy 17, is referenced again. Two references in three verses show the seriousness of the warning.

V. 29. Those who turned their back on Christ and returned to the blood of bulls and goats in the temple sacrifice after hearing the truth have trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant an unholy thing. They have insulted the Spirit of grace.

Despite: “First aorist active participle of enubrizw, old verb to treat with contumely, to give insult to, here only in the N.T. It is a powerful word for insulting the Holy Spirit after receiving his blessings (6:4).” (RWP)

How much more worthy of God’s fiery judgment than those in Deuteronomy 17 who turned to the idols of their day. The Hebrews are told that to turn back to the Temple after hearing the truth of Christ is a fearful thing. It is a sin of willful treason with knowledge. Therefore, no mercy was possible. The reason for their sin was not a lack of knowledge but an insistence on being the judge over God, and being one’s own God. Apostasy is a deliberate and contemptuous rejection of the blood of Christ. It exhibits a hostility toward God the Father.

This passage in Hebrews raises a question concerning “Messianic Judaism”. In short:

Messianic Judaism is a syncretic movement that combines Christianity—most importantly, the Christian belief that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah—with elements of Judaism and Jewish tradition. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_Judaism)

I would not go as far as to say they are not saved. I would say, however, that they are denying the all sufficiency of Christ maybe not for their salvation, but for their correct standing before the Heavenly Father. According to this letter to the Hebrews, they are standing on dangerous ground before God. I certainly cannot see why “Christians” who have trusted in the total atoning work of Christ are so infatuated with Judaism. It does not speak well of their understanding of the atoning work of Christ.

Hebrews is a graphic description of the apostates’ contempt. They have in effect trodden underfoot Christ’s atoning blood, counted the blood of the covenant an unholy thing. In their deliberate decision, they insulted the spirit of grace. Hebrews spares no words in telling of God’s hatred of the apostate. Christ’s blood is the blood of His covenant; thus, it is the holiest of all things holy, and to prefer the blood of bulls and goats over his blood is a fearful thing. (See Deut 32-35.)

<<A Psalm of Asaph.>> The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. 3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. (Psalms 50:1-4)

Vengeance belongs to God alone, and he promised his vengeance against the apostate Hebrews in the most horrible way---His righteous vengeance was poured out in 70 A.D.

God did not forget judgment with the coming of Jesus Christ. Rather, there is now a sharper promise of judgment. We now know Jesus Christ, and to turn back from Him or mix other things with him, is a very great sin. So there is a sharper promise of judgment. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

V. 32. The authors of Hebrews now plead with their readers. They remind them of their past faithfulness. “In the past, you have faithfully served your Lord Jesus Christ, so why are you now rejecting Him as your High Priest, and rejecting Him as your atonement. Why do you desire to go back to the blood of bulls and of goats?” They are reminded that after joining themselves to Christ’s flock, they endured a great fight of afflictions. This term can imply that some survived the arena.

Verse 33. Partly. That is, your affliction consisted partly in one kind of affliction you were called to endure.

Whilst ye were made a gazing-stock. ?eat????µe???, Р—Рyou were made a public spectacle, as if in a theater; you were held up to public view, or exposed to public scorn when this was done, or in precisely what manner, we are not told. It was not an uncommon thing, however, for the early Christians to be held up to reproach and scorn, and probably this refers to some time when it was done by rulers or magistrates. It was a common custom among the Greeks and Romans to lead criminals, before they were put to death, through the theater, and thus to expose them to the insults and reproaches of the multitude. See the proofs of this adduced by Kuinoel on this passage. The language here seems to have been taken from this custom, though there is no evidence that the Christians to whom Paul
refers had been treated in this manner.

By reproaches. Reproached as being the followers of Jesus of Nazareth; probably as weak and fanatical. (Barnes, OLB)

Ye became companions of them] Sympathy hath a strange force; as we see in the strings of an instrument; which being played upon (as they say), the strings of another instrument are also moved with it. (Dr Sibbs.) After love hath once kindled love, then the heart being
melted is fit to receive any impression. Two spirits warmed with the same heat, will easily solder together. (Trapp, OLB)

Thus, many of them either suffered for their faith or were companions of them that did suffer, and were made a gazing stock; they were publicly displayed in the arena to be mocked and scorned. They were part of a company where some died for their faith in the arena.

The author clearly speaks out, reminding them how they joyfully sacrificed their goods in compassion, and apparently to rescue Paul. They did this, knowing in themselves that “Ye have in heaven a better and enduring substance.” (See He 11) One would think that with such a record these Hebrews would stand fast. Did they? We do know that some did not:

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. (2 Tim 4:10)

For Demas hath forsaken me. Demas is honourably mentioned in #Col 4:14; but nothing more is known of him than what can be gathered from that place and thisР—Рthat he was at first a friend and fellow-labourer of Paul, but that, under the influence of a desire to live, he afterwards forsook him, even in circumstances where he greatly needed the presence of a friend.

Having loved this present world. This does not mean necessarily, that he was an avaricious man, or that, in itself, he loved the honours or wealth of this world; but it means that he desired to live. He was not willing to stay with Paul, and subject himself to the probabilities of martyrdom; and, in order to secure his life, he departed to a place of safety. The Greek is, a?ap?sa? t?? ??? a???a —Рhaving loved the world that now is; that is, this world as it is, with all its cares, and troubles, and comforts; having desired to remain in this world, rather than go to the other. There is, perhaps, a slight censure here in the language of Paul Р—Рthe censure of grief; but there is no reason why Demas should be held up as an example of a worldly man. That he desired to live longer; that he was unwilling to remain, and risk the loss of life, is indeed clear. That Paul was pained by his departure, and that he felt lonely and sad, is quite apparent; but I see no evidence that Demas was influenced by what are commonly called worldly feelings, or that he was led to this course by the desire of wealth, fame, or pleasure.

And is departed unto Thessalonica. Perhaps his native place. Calmet.

Crescens. Nothing more is known of Crescens than is here mentioned. "He is thought by Eusebius and others to have preached in Gaul, and to have founded the church in Vienne, in Dauphiny." Calmet. (Barnes, OLB)

Note: Demas feared those who could kill the body more than he feared the One who could kill the soul. There were many who “departed” from the faith in the early church out of fear of their lives. There were divisions in the church over whether or not to receive those who had departed back into full fellowship when the persecution was over. However, Demas might have been lured away from the faith by the prospect of worldly wealth, fame or pleasure. The spirit of Demas is alive and well in Christianity today. History has shown that serious persecution and even death for the faith causes the faith to spread. However, the love of worldly wealth, fame and pleasure destroys Christianity.

V. 35. Cast not away your confidence... “The Jewish Christians in question were in peril of a panic and of stampeding away from Christ. Recall ?ate??µe? in verse #Heb 10:23.” (Ibid.)

The author's charges to them is to not replace their Holy boldness with doubt, fear and panic.

V. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Reward: to give back, to repay. In Hebrews 2:2, every transgression and disobedience received it's just reward. In Hebrews 11:26, Moses forsook Egypt for the heavenly reward that awaited him for following the command-word of God.

Patience in the faith is required to receive that heavenly reward both then and now.

Having done the will of God. The essential prerequisite of the patience that inherits the reward promised is patiently doing the will of God in the midst of their trials. There is no promise to those who patiently keep on doing wrong. How many have we met who faced serious trials of their faith, and they place their hope in God, yet they continued to ignore the command word of God?

V. 37.

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

For a little moment implying that the war would not rage long. Babylon was taken in a single night (see the notes at #Isa 13, 14), and the call here is for the people of God to be calm while this battle should rage in which the city should be taken. (Barnes. See also Gill)

Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

But at the end it shall speak (or it breatheth, hasteth to the end), not simply “to its own fulfillment,” but to that time of the end which should close the period assigned to it, during which it should continually be putting itself forth, it should come true in part or in shadow, gleams of it should here and then part the clouds, which, until the end, should surround and envelop it. Being God’s truth, he speaks of it as an animate living thing, not a dead letter, but running, hasting on its course, and accomplishing on its way that for which it was sent. The will and purpose of God hasteth on, though to man it seemeth to tarry; it
can neither be hurried on, nor doth it linger; before “the appointed time” it cometh not; yet it hasteth toward it, and “will not be behindhand” when the time comes. (Barnes. See also Poole, JFB-Jamison, Fausett, Brown.)

The vision was for an appointed time—the time of the end which should close the period assigned to it. There were shadows or glimpses of that time yet to come. That time was hastening on, but could not be hurried nor hindered; it was God’s appointed time.

Adam Clarke comments on v. 39, read in part:

1. IT is very remarkable, and I have more than once called the reader’s attention to it, that not one Christian life was lost in the siege and destruction of Jerusalem. Every Jew perished, or was taken captive; all those who had apostatized, and slunk away from Christianity, perished with them: all the genuine Christians escaped with their lives. This very important information, which casts light on many passages in the New Testament, and manifests the grace and providence of God in a very conspicuous way, is given both
by Eusebius and Epiphanius. … (Adam Clarke, OLB)

Observe:

First, the Jewish Roman war only lasted 3 years, and it closed a period of time. Matthew 23, 24 and The Revelation was given to calm the people of God as they saw the battle rage against Jerusalem. It was God’s appointed time to end the 2000 year old Hebrew/Jewish world of their day. The prophets, as well as the author of Hebrews, called for His faithful covenant people to have patience. He promises his protection during that short time as he punished the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. During that short war, the Lord would send forth his judgment against those who had shed the innocent blood of his Saints from the time of the first murder. Hebrews 10:29, the fearful punishment that was meted out by God against the apostates of that day was beyond our imagination.

Isaiah 2:21 told the covenant people to hide themselves “for a little moment”, while God judged the blood iniquity of the earth.

Second, the letter was written to Hebrews who were tempted to or had returned to the Temple, i.e., apostatize. The Temple denied Christ.

Third, For yet a little while, and he shall come in his vengeance. This letter to the Hebrews was written shortly before 70 A.D. which brought the most fearful, fiery judgment upon those who trod under foot the blood of the covenant, and despised the Holy Spirit. Thus, they are warned of God’s soon coming wrath against the apostates, 70 A. D. (Did not Jesus tell Caiaphas the high priest that he, Caiaphas, would see the coming of the Son of man in his fiery judgment? Mat 26:64. I dealt with this passage in my tome on Matthew 24, “The Triumph of Titus”. See also 24:30, Mar 13:26, 14:62.)

Observe:

Matthew 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Note God’s vengeance against innocent blood came to pass upon the generation that shed the innocent blood of Christ. That is, within the next 40 years from 33 A.D.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

The New Covenant people, the new Israel of God, were to flee and hide themselves away from God’s fiery vengeance against the now apostate national Israel. Notice the speed with which they were to hide themselves.

10:35-39 lays the foundation for Chapter 11 which proves that patience in doing the will of God shall lead to great returns in God’s time. It is not a passive faith, but it is an active faith of doing the will of God that receives His promised reward.

Though v. 38 is foundational for the Christian, it is one of the most ignored passages in Scripture, as apostate Christianity lives by sight rather than by faith:

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

We see around us the worst kind of apostasy by those who claim to be Christian leaders. The surrounding events tell us that Christianity is on its death bed, as every tool that Satan can muster is being used to kill Christianity. So Christians judge by appearances around them, and thus lose their faith in a victorious Christ which is clearly presented throughout Scripture, and upon which this nation was founded. We are justified, and we walk by faith not by sight. (I have already dealt with this apostasy in Heb 1:13, 10:12, 13. Apostasy can be described as Christianity departing from its historical and Orthodox victorious view of Christ.) God has no pleasure in those who turn back, who apostatize.

V. 39, the writers say that they are not drawing back unto perdition, which in its context, perdition (destruction) was the consequence of going back to the Temple, its Priesthood, and its sacrifices. Before 70 A.D,, there were two ways to God offered to the Hebrews: Jesus Christ and the Temple. The Hebrews are plainly told that salvation is by Christ alone.

Early on, Peter had boldly declared not only to the Hebrews but to every nation under the sun, ”Neither is our salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Note that Acts 2:5 tells us that the gospel was preached to every nation under heaven before the end of the Hebrew/Jewish world, or age: Under heaven: “The vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it. The universe, the world. The aerial heavens or sky, the region where the clouds and the tempest gather, and where thunder and lightning are produced...” See Col 1:23. Note God’s promise in Isaiah 43:5 that he would gather his seed from the east and from the west.

To deny the exclusiveness of Christ is apostasy. The sad fact of our day is that not only modernists, but a great many “Evangelicals” deny the exclusiveness of Christ, and they are gaining a great following:

CHRISLAM
** Rick Warren’s Chrislam Starts To Spread In America

Rick Warren, founder and pastor of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County California, addressed the convention of the Islamic Society of North America. Warren stated that Muslims and Christians must work together to combat stereotypes, promote peace and freedom, and solve global problems. Christians and Moslems – faith mates, soul mates and now work mates! Chrislam!

You knew this day was going to come, when the liberal “love gospel” preachers who, desiring to fillРtheirРseats and bank accounts, would find a way to merge apostate Christianity with the Devil’s religion of Islam. That day is here....

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/chrislam-starts-to-spread-in-america/
** Rick Warren’s Chrislam Becomes One Of The Fastest Growing Religions In America

http://beforeitsnews.com/religion/2013/11/rick-warrens-chrislam-becomes-one-of-the-fastest-growing-religions-in-america-videos-2458484.html

** Glenn Beck Converts To Chrislam
http://shoebat.com/2013/06/10/glenn-beck-converts-to-chrislam/

** Jack Van Impe

Popular TV preacher Jack Van Impe recently ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after he publicly accused California megachurch founder Rick Warren of mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs. TBN pulled the episode before a repeat broadcast could air — prompting Impe to announce he could no longer work with TBN.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2011/june/van-impe-leaves-tbn-over-chrislam-remarks.html

Do a simple search for “Chrislam”, and you will be shocked.

Hebrews not only irrevocably ties Christ’s kingship to His High Priestly office, but it requires our service to loudly proclaim our obedience to the king. It also declares Him alone to be man’s savior.

V. 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Let us be of those who believe to the saving of our souls, for saving faith results in doing His will, v. 36. Let us not be numbered among those who apostatize, and become heirs to God’s fiery wrath against apostasy.

Hebrews tells us that apostate “Christian” men like those who are supporting “Chrislam” are far more worthy of death than those who apostatized and departed from the Living God in Deuteronomy 17:2-7. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

There is no “Fear of God”:

Ps 36:1 <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.>> The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
Ro 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Ec 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Chapter 11 will define faith, and will illustrate how one lives or walks by faith.