For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, 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
There are few passages more dangerous than this one if taken out of context. Can I really sin, risk God’s anger and judgement, and end up losing my salvation? Not on your life. If you are a child of God, your eternal home in heaven with God is secure. Nothing and no one can take it from you. Whether an obedient or disobedient child, you are still adopted.
What kind of judgement is being discussed here? If I take the entire book of Hebrews into account, I remember that it’s a book written to Jewish believers, and if I go back a dozen or so verses, I see that the subject was Jesus’ blood being the only sacrifice that forgives sins. To willfully reject that brings a type of judgement to a believer. That involves God assessing whether or not His child should receive rewards. These are: 1.) The privilege of reigning with Christ. And, 2.) ‘Entering into rest’ (from Hebrews 4) which has to do with receiving a full inheritance. While going to heaven will never be in question, the loss of rewards and the loss of the inheritance God desires to give, can be jeopardized.
It is one thing to sin out of weakness and naivete, but quite another to sin with an obvious, obstinate heart. Can a child of God shake their fist in His face and set out to wound God by his actions? Can a child of God seek to take revenge on his heavenly Father if he believes God has done him wrong? Let me ask you. Can an earthly child take revenge on a parent? Can an earthly child set out to do the very thing they know will inflict the greatest wound to a parent’s heart? We know the answer is yes. But at no time is he no longer their child even though the relationship is strained to the max.
The worst willful and most injurious sin against God is to repudiate the sacrifice of His Son. The most expensive gift for Him to give was the life of His Son. Spurning Jesus brings about awful consequences; the fallout to even be suffered by a child of God whose home is in heaven. To have to face the Father, to see the truth of your sin and then weep over your offenses against Him, and then to lose the joy of receiving rewards that you can lay at Jesus’ feet, these will cause a grief that impacts the beginning of eternity.
Staying tenderhearted toward my Father in heaven is a high priority. Staying humble to believe every doctrine He teaches is also a high priority. The risk of being high and mighty to commit willful sin is not beyond my sinful heart and I remember that today as I contemplate eternal rewards.
If there are rewards to come, laying them at your feet is a privilege I live and die for. Amen