“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God” ( Hebrews 10:26-27 )
In today’s world of political correctness, it is not popular to say that Jesus is the only way, but that doesn’t change this truth which rings loud and clear; Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. Jesus is the only way for salvation. Jesus is the only way to be right with God.
This is good news for us because it simplifies something that the world tries to complicate. What we hear from many sources is that we must be good, we must follow the rules, we must attend a certain church and we must adhere to certain religious practices; all the- while keeping us busy with other things so we miss the Savior. God didn’t want it to be complicated; He wanted it to be accomplished, so He sent Jesus to do what we could not.
Jesus was our sacrifice for sin. Not only is this so but the Scriptures also say “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” ( I John 2:2 ). Jesus died for all; even those who do not accept this wonderful message of grace have been forgiven and absolved from sin. He died to bring forgiveness to everyone, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” ( I Peter 3:18 ). This is an amazing truth, all sins; past, present and future have been paid for and forgiven by Jesus!
Since this is an absolute truth we also know that there can be no other sacrifice for sin because the debt that sin left is gone and paid for. Jesus came, died and rose again. This chapter has been written and closed. There has been one sacrifice to atone for sin which is why “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” ( Acts 4:12 ). If we reject that name and the person behind it who has provided the means for salvation, then there is no other option; only a fearful expectation of judgment.
Jesus came not to judge the world, but to save it ( John 12:47 ). However, there is one who will judge. The judgment has nothing to do with sin. But rather, the judgment has to do with whether or not you have accepted the gospel message and believed in Jesus Christ as Savior. The answer to this question is the determining factor for Salvation. The Scriptures are very clear on this point, God loves us and did everything to reconcile us to Himself, but He has given us the choice whether or not we accept Jesus who paid the price of our forgiveness. If we reject Him, then there can be no other payment because there was, and is, only one sacrifice (the death of Jesus) which can atone for sin.
This is what this passage in Hebrews is saying; if we deliberately and willingly refuse Jesus, then this sin is the only thing that will not be forgiven and the only thing that will send us to hell. All other sins have been paid for, and there is no other sacrifice which can be made. There is then, only the fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgment against those who set themselves up in opposition to God.
But it doesn’t have to be like this, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" ( John 3:16-18 ). What you do with Jesus is the determining factor for eternity. However, we already have the answer to the question. The answer is to believe in the name of the One and Only Son and by doing so you will find abundant life starting right now! Praise God for Jesus!