Lesson 20: Hebrews 10 & What Is The Unpardonable Sin?
1For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
This passage is pointing out that the sacrifice of animals was not acceptable to God to pay for sins. Stop. Look at this. You should be asking yourself why did the Old Testament people’s have to perform animal sacrifices if their sins were already paid for from before the foundation of the world? The answer: they wouldn’t have. The fact that the priests had to perform animal sacrifices at all proves that the sins of the Old Testament Elect were not yet paid for. This is what verse 2 is saying. Look at it again:
2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Yet another refutation of the false doctrine that Christ died for sins before the foundation of the world.
But then in verse 5, there is a direct comparsion between the animals that were sacrificed and Christ’s body which was prepared (planned before the foundation of the world and made manifest when Christ was born on earth in 7 B.C.). Clearly, this was the sacrifice that was acceptable to God. Christ’s human body in sacrifice was sufficient payment for sins. Christ did not have a human body before the foundation of the world, so this is yet another refutation of the ‘Christ died before the foundation of the world’ false doctrine.
If that wasn’t clear enough, the following verses reiterate this:
6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7Then said I, Lo, I come [note the present tense, not “I came”] (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God [note the present tense again]. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ.
11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
If those that believe Christ died for sins before the foundation of the world and then again at the cross as a demonstration, then he would have offered himself twice. But verse 14 proves that by one offering he had perfected those that are sanctified. By one offering was God’s perfect plan completed, not by two. If there were, then this verse would have said “for by two offerings he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” and “because a second offering was necessary to demonstrate and teach what Christ had done by the first offering.” Needless to say, it doesn’t say that.
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh [his body]; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
It is so important that we recognize the incredible sacrifice Christ made at the cross for our sins. As October 7th approaches, I feel I must share what I have only recently learned from the Bible because there are so many that believe The End of the World and The Rapture will occur on October 7th of this year that still erroneously deny the cross, that is, they deny Christ died only once for sins and it was at the cross.
29Of 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? 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Isn’t believing and proclaiming a false gospel trodding the Word of God underfoot? This should frighten us to be open to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s guidance, no matter what any man says, including myself. Remember the unpardonable sin?
31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
The Holy Ghost is our witness that Christ died “on a tree” as our “Saviour” and in that act Jesus gave “repentance” and “forgiveness of sins.” So I believe what is meant in Matt 12:21-23 by “blasphemy against the Holy Ghost” or “speaketh (speaking) against the Holy Ghost” is a failure to acknowledge (or confess) that Christ died on the cross for sins. It can also be inferred that “speaketh against” or speaking against the Holy Ghost would be like saying that Christ died for sins at another time, such as before the foundation of the world, because verse 32 affirms that the Holy Ghost was witness that He died on the cross for sins. To proclaim that Christ died for sins at another time would be to reject the witness of the Holy Ghost. That is what this passage is talking about.
Note also this passage does not say that the Holy Ghost was witness to Christ dying and being raised up before the world began. Instead verse 30 says “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree.” This is a clear reference that Jesus was raised up after being hanged on the tree, not before the world began.
Do you remember what the Bible says about those that once knew the truth (accepted the truth) who later rejected the truth? It is just a few verses up from the passage we had already read in Hebrews 10:
26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29Of 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? 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
I wish to conclude by saying that I don’t judge anyone. I am not saying that by not acknowledging that Christ died for sins at the cross, one is not saved. It is the Bible saying that. I believe it is true, but don’t be mad at me if you disagree. I have no power to condemn anyone and I refuse to do so. I have no power to save anyone either. I am just a man. I am just a messenger. If this teaching upsets you, that may be a good thing. God may be working on your heart to draw you nearer to Him by knocking down a false belief that you may have. It is not too late. You are not condemned because you currently still believe in the ‘Christ died before the foundation of the world’ false doctrine. There is still time before October 7 for the Holy Spirit to guide you into truth.