“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries (Heb. 10:26-27).”
Warning signs. We see them every day. On the road. How many of you had to stop at a red light today before you read this blog post? They exist at our work place. Think of the utility closet that shouts in bold letters: DO NOT ENTER. They are on people’s private property. Do you have neighbors who post up “No Trespassing” signs on their fences or doors and wonder if the warning is legitimate or they just don’t want to be bothered by solicitors?
Some warning signs are to be taken more seriously than others. Obviously, if you don’t stop at a red light on a busy highway, you will likely get smashed by a semi-truck and die. You don’t want that to happen. However, if some stranger came up to you and said: “Don’t open the closet door to your basement. It will open the Pandora box of the universe and unleash an electromagnetic impulse that will destroy the world.” I assume you would dismiss the individual as being delusional.
Would you agree that warning signs are meant to be there for our good? Yes, they warn us of things that can harm us. The truth is, God’s word is full of warning signs. He tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because they will experience physical death and become separated from their Creator. He warned Lot to get out of the city of Sodom to avoid the judgment of fire and brimstone upon the sins of the people. He warned the generation in Judges not to worship the surrounding gods. Why? Because these false gods lured them away from the living God to idols that never brought fulfillment.
In the New Testament, does God warn His people? Yes, he warns them about being a religious hypocrite, lying on their taxes, the second coming of Christ, and eternal Hell. It is true. Jesus spoke on Hell more than any New Testament character. Now, the author of Hebrews is warning the people of God on a couple of occasions. In Hebrews 1-2 he says not to neglect salvation, in Hebrews 5-6, the author informs them to be aware of spiritual immaturity, and in chapter 10, God is warning His people that if they continue sinning, after receiving the knowledge of the truth, they will be judged.
In all these cases, God warns because He loves us. The Bible makes it clear that God became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He took the bullet for us, gave us the life boat and went down with the ship. He went to court, paid our fine, and endured our punishment. Always remember, when God warns us, his main motive is to protect us from the destructive nature of sin.
Application – Grab a Bible Concordance and look up the word “warn.” See how many times it is used in both the Old and New Testaments. Meditate on why these warning signs are given, and how they are there for your good.