ESV - 26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.
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Hebrews is a prophetical book written to Hebrews, not to us today living during God's dispensation of grace (Eph. 3:1-6). Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of all of our sins (Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14). God is no longer imputing our sins to us (2 Cor. 5:19). We are not under God's wrath or covenant law, we are under God's dispensation of grace (1 Thes. 5:9, Eph. 3:2, Rom. 6:14, Gal. 3:23, 1 Cor. 6:12). Christ received the punishment on the cross that we deserved (2 Cor. 5:21, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14). It is of utmost importance to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15), the gospel of our salvation (Eph. 1:13) that was given to our apostle Paul (found in Romans through Philemon), from the gospels given to biblical Israel (any other book in the bible) when studying. The gospel from Jesus, while on earth, and the 12 apostles were for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, which was not you or I (Mat. 10:5-6, Mat. 15:24). Our apostle Paul received the revelation of the fellowship of the mystery from Christ resurrected (Eph. 3:9), which was before kept secret since the beginning of time (Rom. 16:25). Had this mystery information been known prior to Christ's death, the princes of this world would not have crucified Jesus (1 Cor. 2:8). During God's dispensation of grace (Eph. 3:2) that we live in today, there is no difference in Jew nor Greek (Gal. 3:28). Believers today are members of the church the body of Christ (Col. 1:24). God now sees us in Christ, and not who we see when we look in the mirror! The sin barrier, created by the law (Rom. 3:20, Gal. 3:23) between God and man was removed by the death of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:22, 2 Cor. 5:21). God can now work through us once we've removed ourselves from His path (Col. 2:14, Phil. 1:6). We can now focus on what we can do for Him once we've stopped focusing on ourselves and our iniquities (Rom. 7:22-25). This is where our desire will change from serving our sinful flesh bodies to that of serving God (Rom. 7:5-25). Christ's message to Paul, the gospel of salvation today, differs from that of the 12 apostles to biblical Israel (James 1:1), who did have to do works under law to prove their faith in 'times past' (Rom. 11:6, James 2:24). We who are living during the dispensation of the grace of God (Eph. 3:2) are to simply have faith in the finished cross work of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:28, 1 Cor. 1:23). Works for salvation actually put us in debt with God as this shows lack of faith (Rom. 4:4). Basically, we don't work in order to be saved, we work because we are saved (Eph. 2:10, Eph. 4:12). Is there something we believe we could have done differently during our lives that would secure a path to heaven? If we answer yes, then we do not yet understand what it means to have a savior, faith in what Christ did on our behalf. This is the requirement today for salvation...not what we do in the flesh. Can we lose your salvation in any way today? If we say that we can then we do not understand that at the moment of belief in Paul's gospel of Christ we were sealed by the holy Spirit until Christ returns (Eph 1:13), not just until we sin again...as we certainly will. When you’re a passenger in a vehicle, you have faith that the driver will safely get you to your destination. Jesus Christ is our driver, our ‘spiritual vehicle’ (Rom 5:10, Rom 8:32), and the Holy Spirit is our 'seat-belt' (Eph 4:30), that seals our souls until the day of redemption (Eph 1:13)! Since we're unable to save ourselves we need someone who can, a savior. That's what it means to have faith in Christ, belief that He died on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins (1 Cor 15:3), was buried, and rose again (1 Cor 15:4), so that we may have everlasting life in Him (Rom 6:22, 1 Cor 15:22). The REAL good news today is that we will not be judged on our merits for salvation (Titus 3:3-5), our belief in what Jesus Christ did on our behalf makes us the righteousness of God (1 Cor 1:30, 2 Cor 5:21, Rom 2:16)
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