Week 45, A Better Covenant

November 5 to 11

Discussion Questions

Old Testament

The parable of the two adulterous sisters contains shocking imagery to describe the sin of Samaria and Jerusalem. Do you think this language could legitimately be applied to our modern society? Ezekiel 23.

New Testament

Can we lose our salvation by sinning? Hebrews 10:26-27.

Notes and Commentary

Old Testament

The parable of the two adulterous sisters contains shocking imagery to describe the sin of Samaria and Jerusalem. Do you think this language could legitimately be applied to our modern society?
Read Ezekiel 23.

New Testament

Can we lose our salvation by sinning?
[26] For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins,  [27] but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27 (WEB).
[Barnes’ New Testament Notes] Verse 26. For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth. If, after we are converted and become true Christians, we should apostatize, it would be impossible to be recovered again, for there would be no other sacrifice for sin; no way by which we could be saved. This passage, however, like Heb 6:4-6, has given rise to much difference of opinion...Should a man do this, there is no sacrifice for sins which could save him. He would have rejected deliberately the only atonement made for sin, and there will be no other made. It is as if a man should reject the only medicine that could heal him, or push away the only boat that could save him when shipwrecked. See Heb 6:6. The sacrifice made for sin by the Redeemer is never to be repeated, and if that is deliberately rejected, the soul must be lost.
[Kretzmann Popular Commentary] Here the dreadful result and the final consequence of falling from faith is portrayed with terrible realism: For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no more remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expecting of judgment and of a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries. The writer is not speaking of some ordinary transgression of the Ten Commandments, such as even Christians become guilty of every day. He emphasizes that he refers to a willful sin, which consists chiefly in neglecting that to which he has just admonished, namely, that people that have come to the faith do not hold fast the confession of hope without wavering, that they neglect the means of grace, no longer attend church services, or at best very irregularly, and neither apply nor receive brotherly admonition. The denial of Christ is the sin, and the contempt of the means of grace is the road leading thereto. People that become guilty of this sin do so purposely, with deliberate intent, and they go on sinning, they persist in their transgression. Having received the knowledge of the truth, having accepted Jesus Christ and His salvation, such people maliciously and blasphemously deny the accepted facts, the truths of the Gospel. And in their case it holds true that the sacrifice for sins no longer exists for them. The very nature of their sin has this result; for, having denied the expiatory offering of Christ which they had once received in faith, they have discarded the only means of salvation. What they have to expect, therefore, is the terror of the Last Judgment, of the final doom; what they must look forward to is the fury of the fire of hell, which will consume and destroy forever, throughout eternity, the adversaries of the Lord. The intensity of this punishment is such as to make it impossible adequately to portray its fierceness.

Random Quotes

People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned.
― Florence Nightingale
The Lord ate from a common bowl, and asked the disciples to sit on the grass. He washed their feet, with a towel wrapped around His waist – He, who is the Lord of the universe!
― Clement of Alexandria
You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church.
― Joel Osteen

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© Tom Truex 2014, Davie, FL