Knowledge (1922)(epignosis from verb epiginosko from epí = upon + ginosko = to know) is a strengthened or intensified form of "gnosis" and conveys the thought of a more full, larger and thorough knowledge. Counterfeit New Births - What the New Birth is Not! The Hebrew legislator had said to Jehovah: "I beseech thee show me thy glory." James 1:13-16 explains the sequential process that almost invariably follows when we begin to deliberate (verb) over whether to sin or not to sin... Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. I was taken aback. I think you can see where this is going! The business of the day may wipe it out as a sponge erases a record from a slate. so to speak. Hamartano emphasizes loss which always results from missing God's mark or target, His good and acceptable and perfect will (Ro 12:2). If our salvation is eternally secure, why does the Bible warn so strongly against apostasy? After discussing the procedure for obtaining forgiveness for inadvertent sins in Numbers 15:22–29, the author adds, “But anyone who sins defiantly, … that person must be cut off from his people” (Num 15:30). People don’t think of him that way, but they don’t read the Bible. The atoning sacrifice of Jesus, our great High Priest, is set forth first by way of contrast; then its character is described; and, then, thirdly, its consequences are mentioned. Before we get into this terrifying passage, we need to understand the main issue the writer is addressing and that is the issue of sinning willfully. Gotquestions has an interesting (if not disturbing) quote related to apostasy -, A recent example of this process is a 2010 study done by prominent atheist Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola called “Preachers Who Are Not Believers”. A captain of a ship, sailing between two harbours on a rocky coast, was once asked by an anxious passenger if the coast was not very dangerous. In other words when one knows the truth about Jesus and rejects Jesus, the "time is up!" If it only rests in the memory, any vagrant care may snatch it away. He is there because of his own sinful choices. Similarly, Paul’s response to failure was to restore the person (Gal 6:1), even when the sin was quite serious (2 Cor 2:5–11). . SOME TRUE BELIEVERS MIGHT WORRY THEY HAD COMMITTED THIS SIN, Matthew Henry has some comforting remarks writing that "This text has been the occasion of great distress to some gracious souls; they have been ready to conclude that every willful sin, after conviction and against knowledge, is the unpardonable sin: but this has been their infirmity and error. 3:1-6). It is doing what one what one wants to do even when he knows it is wrong. The willful sin here is a denial of the faith, a presumptive trampling of the Gospel of Christ. Can that faith save him? “And there are reputable scholars who don’t.”, “Who are these scholars?’ I said. Indeed the Lord will give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines!” Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground and was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; also there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day and all night. THIS day is usually regarded more as a secular and social than a religious holiday, and given up to the enjoyment of family and external relationships. Templeton’s body language softened. In 1957 after a long time of introspection he publicly declared himself to be an agnostic, someone who believes there is a God but cannot really know Him. I would give worlds, if I had them, that Age of Reason had not been published. Henry Morris notes that "There is probably an allusion here to such Old Testament passages as Nu 15:30,31; Dt 17:2-7; etc. Like Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones, upon the preaching of the Word, the Spirit of God breathed life. There are results. This is similar to the unpardonable blasphemy against the Spirit of which Jesus spoke. In the course of our conversation I said, “But, Billy, it’s simply not possible any longer to believe, for instance, the biblical account of creation. 31 'Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be on him.'" He told young men and women that Christ was “the most exciting man who’s ever lived … the most extraordinary man who’s ever lived,” and not just a man, but God Himself. 3. --HEBREWS x. (Good Friday.) Hebrews x. And yet there they stand, and behind them stand the divine realities they express. Newton observes that "Willfully stands at the front of the sentence (Ed: In the original Greek text) in an emphatic position as a reminder that the ones he addresses are not the weak or immature or ignorant or occasional doubters that are true believers but struggling with their perseverance. 26, 27 For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the Knowledge of the Truth, there remained, no more Sacrifice for Sin: but a certain fearful looking for of Judgment, and fiery Indignation, which shall devour the Adversaries. These were people whose hearts had been warmed toward the gospel of Christ, who had made a superficial commitment of faith in Him, and had identified themselves visibly with the true church. But their interest in the things of God begins to wane, and the pressures and attractions of the world distract them further still, until they have no interest at all They may turn to another religion or to no religion at all. Do not be deceived (suggesting some were being deceived - the teaching that you can be saved and live any way you please is not the true gospel of grace! “Not everyone who says to Me (THEIR PROFESSION) ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does (present tense - continually because they are enabled by the indwelling Spirit - NOTE: Jesus is not describing PERFECTION but DIRECTION!) From 1944 to 1948, Templeton’s evangelistic rallies packed 2,800 young people into the auditorium of Toronto’s Massey Hall. It was a deliberate sin. But first let’s back up! Do not be deceived by those who teach this deadly doctrine! 55:58. The last verse of our text provided the basis for Edwards' title,"It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God." You will find in the average church that there is a Band-Aid of silence wrapped over the cancer of sin. Their judgment had been convinced, through the mind their desire and will had been affected and wrought upon; and yet, the heart, the whole inner life, had never been truly regenerate, had never received that eternal life, which cannot be taken away. (a) John Owen (An Exposition of Hebrews [The National Foundation for Christian Education], 4:545) argues that it does not refer to the apostate, but to Christ Himself, “who was sanctified and dedicated unto God to be an eternal high priest, by the blood of the covenant which he offered unto God….” This is possible grammatically, although it seems to force into the context something that is specifically taught in John 17:19, but only alluded to in Hebrews (Hebrews 2:10; 5:7, 9; 9:11, 12). 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Take upon thee the burden of those who are asleep, and plead with Christ to use thee to warn and to save them. Without any pulpit antics, Edwards carefully followed his manuscript, delivering a picture of divine judgment upon sinful men, particularly upon those who were the baptized members of the Enfield church and yet gave no evidence of regenerate life. The declarative will is only one side; its complement, the executive will, is the living energy in which everything good has its …Andrew Murray—Holy in Christ, June the Fourteenth the Law in the Heart"I will put My laws into their hearts." His commitment was total and led to his own death, much to the detriment of the world. All that awaits them is not salvation, but a “terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire that will consume the adversaries.” The word “terrifying” is emphatic in the Greek. During this era awakening appeared to follow the strong doctrinal preaching of the evangelical pastors, often setting forth the righteousness and severity of God in justice before broaching the subject of the gospel of grace. The second quote in its original context has the nuance of God vindicating His people by judging their enemies. It may be the most serious warning in all of Scripture. Sin will keep you longer than you ever thought you’d stay Do business with God. (Da 5:6-note, Da 5:30-note), At the breaking of the fourth seal we see the God rejecting world's fearful reaction…, And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?" Its sin but forgets its Saviour, it makes little difference between gnósis epignosis., covered with sores, hungry and homeless friend who often went me. 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