TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries….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?”
Hebrews 10:26-27 ESV
ENDURING FAITH DOESN’T HAVE TO FEAR JUDGMENT
Hebrews 10:26-29 makes it clear that individuals who reject the Spirit of Grace offered by Jesus should fear being judged for their sins in eternity. People who reject Jesus as Savior are figuratively trampling over Jesus. The words “judgement, fury of fire and punishment” are not comforting. But they are also not necessary for followers of Christ.
George Sweeting, in his book, The No-Guilt Guide for Witnessing, tells of a man by the name of John Currier who in 1949 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later he was transferred and paroled to work on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee. In 1968, Currier’s sentence was terminated, and a letter bearing the good news was sent to him. But John never saw the letter, nor was he told anything about it. Life on that farm was hard and without promise for the future. Yet John kept doing what he was told, even after the farmer for whom he worked had died. Ten years went by. Then a state parole officer learned about Currier’s plight, found him, and told him that his sentence had been terminated. He was a free man.
Sweeting concluded that story by asking, “Would it matter to you if someone sent you an important message—-the most important in your life—-and year after year the urgent message was never delivered?” The Bible teaches that we all deserve eternal punishment for our sins. However, 1 Peter 3:18 tells us, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God.” Therefore, if we have repented and placed our faith in Jesus, we have no fear of eternal judgement.
God’s offer of forgiveness and mercy is available to all people everywhere. How sad is it that some people still haven’t heard they can be free and forgiven of their sins? As a church, we are committed to sharing God’s Spirit of grace with as many people in our community and around the world as we are able.
Do you live in fear of eternal judgment? Have you accepted Jesus’ offer of grace and mercy? Do you fear for the eternity of friends and family close to you? Pray God would open their hearts to accepting Jesus and give you an opportunity to share Jesus with them.