This Sin Will Not Be Atoned For

April 19, 2013

If we have received Christ Jesus as Lord, then we must understand that this means we have received Him as Leader –meaning our Commander, King, and Sovereign Ruler. If He is not our Leader, then He is not our Savior. By denying Christ’s rule and control over us, we have denied who He rightfully is, and have thus denied Him. Such a person brings upon himself destruction –just as do those who, by their destructive opinions and shameful behavior, blaspheme the way of Truth (2 Peter 2:1,2), thereby “denying the Master who bought them.” (v. 1)

Who “bought” them? Yes. God bought everyone with His own blood (Acts 20:28 // 1 John 2:2), but many choose to disbelieve this, while many others gladly receive the pardon but then disrespect the blood of the covenant that sanctified them (Heb. 10:29) by continuing in the very thing which Christ died to set everyone free from! (Rom. 6:22) That thing is sin, and no one who comes into the New Covenant –also called “the new way of the Spirit” (7:6)– has any excuse to go back to walking the old path. If someone does, he has denied the faith, has denied Christ’s leadership, and has denied Christ. (Luke 6:46,49 // Titus 1:16) If he continues in this violation of the Covenant, this person has cancelled his own salvation. (Heb. 10:26,27)

“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, in Him walk…” (Col. 2:6) How? We do so by “having been rooted and being built up in Him and being confirmed in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (v. 7) The rest of the chapter then goes on to warn us about deceptive philosophies and human traditions, and teaches us that God “forgave us all our sins” (v. 13) when He circumcised off our sinful nature. (v. 11-13) This is how we are made presentable to God, reconciled to Him, alive with Christ, and holy, blameless, and guiltless before Him. (1:22) However, this standing is contingent upon a continuation in the faith, having been established and firm, and not diverted from the Truth (v. 23), and no longer in alienation from God because of the hostility of mind that comes from evil behavior. (v. 21)

But what if evil behavior does continue? What if the one claiming to follow Christ is often indulging his old sinful nature? Well, he obviously has not undergone “the circumcision done by Christ” (Col. 2:11); or if he has, he has, through his wickedness, shown contempt toward the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29) in Whom he once had a share. (6:4-6) Such a disobedient servant will be assigned “a place with the unbelievers” (Luke 12:46) and will actually be in danger of a greater punishment than even the heathen. (v. 47,48 // 2 Peter 2:20-22)

The LORD has called everyone to repent of all sin with a broken, trembling heart and deep contrition (Ps. 51:17 // Isa. 66:2) –to weep, wail, tear out their hair, and put on sackcloth. (Isa. 22:12) But instead, what does God find? –A continuation of revelry and carefreeness! (v. 13) Therefore the verdict is made: “‘Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,’ says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.” (v. 14)

with love,

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