Hebrews 10:26-27 (KJV) For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary ‘willful’ is, ‘‘refusing to change your ideas or opinions or to stop doing something’’ while to refuse is, ‘‘to say that you will not accept”.
Sinning willfully, therefore, is refusing to stop sinning even when you know it to be a sin; you continue in it not because you can not stop but because you chose to continue.
Judas Iscariot for instance was not forced to betray Jesus, he did it willfully in the same manner that Adam disobeyed God. His unbridled love of money gave room for the devil to enter him. He was a thief who refused to repent even when a disciple of the Lord Jesus.
In Matt 17:22, Jesus told his disciples that he will be betrayed, yet after hearing this Judas still sought an opportunity to betray him (Matt 26:16). In Matt 26:21, Jesus again said, ‘‘one of you will betray me’’ and in Matt 26:23, Jesus said, “He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me”. But in spite of all these, Judas Iscariot’s mind was made up to betray Jesus. Even at the very last minute, Jesus gave him another opportunity to repent when he said ‘‘Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48), even at this, Judas Iscariot refused to change and would not stop the evil he had planned.
Just like it happened with Adam, Judas was banished out of the presence of God. Unfortunately, unlike Adam, Judas killed himself without repenting.
This is exactly what today’s text is saying: when you willfully refuse all the chances given to you by God to repent, you are walking on the path leading to destruction.
Hebrews 2:3 (KJV) ‘‘How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him”.
Thank God for all the opportunities he has given you to turn away from your sins. Examine yourself and receive the help of the Holy Spirit to willfully turn away from sin today.
Prayer: confess all the sins for which the Holy Spirit has convicted you, forsake them, and receive the forgiveness of God.
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