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What Does the Bible Say About..Wilful Sin?

What does the verse in Hebrews 10:26 mean? “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” Does this mean that if we are Christians, and we sin knowingly and have no remorse, does that mean God isn't a sacrifice any longer for us and our sins?

Answer

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:26-29)

I quote the whole passage here, because I believe that verse 29 defines what it means to sin “willfully.” It is not sinning in ignorance. It is not sinning in weakness. It is when you have “trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace.”

The one who sins, saying, “I know Jesus died for my sins, but I just don’t care that my sins are that significant,” would fall under this scripture. The one who says, “I know Jesus died on the cross, but how is that going to save me,” is guilty of sinning willfully. The one who says, “God’s grace is no big deal; he will save me anyway,” is guilty of willful sin. “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!” (Romans 6:1)

The one who, in moments of weakness, sins but feels remorse or guilt for doing so is not a willful sinner. Even if he knew ahead of time that it was sin, and chose to do it anyway, if he asks forgiveness he will get forgiveness if he is in Christ. The willful sinner ignores the possibility of repentance, because he no longer believes that Christ died to obtain forgiveness for sin.