“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.” (Hebrews 10:26-30 KJV)
In context, and throughout the book of Hebrews, the writer is addressing the Hebrew believers IN CHRIST. This is not talking about sins we commit as believers after Salvation. It is talking about the sin of unbelief in Christ’s atonement. In fact, if you look at Ephesians or Galatians or other books of Paul in the Bible, it lists all different types of sins. However, here in the book of Hebrews, in fact looking in all 10 chapters, there is only ONE sin that is mentioned and is the focus of attention and that sin is the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, crucified, died and risen as the only atonement for our numerous sins during our lifetime. The writer of Hebrews is basically pleading with the Jewish people to put their trust in Salvation in Christ and not their own self righteous good deeds, works or religious rituals. In context, Hebrews 10, is about not going back to Jewish Law of Moses and trying to make it a requirement of their justification and Salvation. And that under the Law they can only expect the judgement and wrath of God.
This passage reads , “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” and that is what throws people off on the true understanding of this Scripture when taken out of the context of the entire book of Hebrews. All this is meaning is that going back to works and deeds of the Law to remain justified with God is like rejecting the great sacrifice Christ did for us on that cross. If we do not rely on Christ alone in faith for our Salvation but we go back to doing good deeds and religious rituals to keep ourselves saved… there remains no more sacrifice for sins because there is only ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS, and that was Jesus Christ on that cross when He took our sin debt and eradicated it forever!
Verse 31 warns believers to accept Christ based on faith alone without self righteous deeds and religious rituals to keep you saved. It is GOD who keeps you saved!! Do not mix Salvation and justification with our life long process of sanctification by the renewing of our mind by the Word of God. And that…
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”