Those Who Know, And Those Who Know Not
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27 NASB)
Okay men, here is where the rubber hits the road. The writer of Hebrews doesn’t pull any punches making these verses very clear. Actually the author sounds a little like one of my favorite authors, James the half brother of Jesus. He gets right to the point; “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” When one doesn’t know what is considered to be sin, the difference between right and wrong, how then can he or she determine the right course, make the right decisions?
Lets look at a biblical example. When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, He spoke to men that knew the scriptures. They knew the difference between right and wrong, but were determined to do things their own way. “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” (Matt. 12:30) Disobedience is not something our holy God will tolerate. Once we are exposed to His truth we, as Christ followers, are expected to be obedient; “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) The Pharisees were arrogant, and prideful men, puffing themselves up as the final authority judging, all but themselves. May we as Christ followers never fall into the trap of being prideful men without a teachable spirit. There is no excuse for rejecting the truth once we know it. God clearly tells us what will happen when we do; “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.”
Now lets speak of an example of a person that did not know the truth, and how Jesus approached her. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans). Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:9-10) Jesus approach to this woman, who had no faith, was much different then His confrontation with the Pharisees. He began, as she drew her water from the well, to teach her and revealed the truth she needed to know. This woman began to realize her wrong doings, and being convicted by hearing the truth began to believe what Jesus was teaching her.
Jesus meets us where we are in our walk. He speaks to us knowing full well the condition of our heart. He targets that area that is in need of healing, and offers us full restoration. All we need to do is accept Him, and His word as truth, confess our wrong doings by admitting we are sinners, and receive His free gift of salvation. Remember, all of Gods promises are true. He offers full restoration, but that same God tells us what will happen if we don’t accept His free gift. For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:30-31)
Jesus makes it very clear, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart is to be obedient to Him.” Can we do that with perfection? Absolutely not (Romans 3:23)! We are all a work in progress that need to lean on His understanding as He continues to mold, and shape our hearts into the godly men He intended us to be. So the lesson for us is simple. Meet people where they are. Those that know the truth, and reject it, walk away. For those that don’t know the truth, do as Jesus did. Meet them where they are in their walk, and breath life into them with Gods word. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)
Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!