The writer of the book of Hebrews writes about insulting the Spirit of grace.
Hebrews 10:29 says:
"How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?"
What does it mean to insult the Spirit of grace?
Who insults the Spirit of grace?
To find the answers to these questions, we must understand the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 10:26-27 says:
“If we willfully 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.”
These verses are some of the most taken-out-of-context verses in the Bible.
Most Bible teachers and Pastors teach these verses to mean that if a Christian purposefully continues to live a life of immorality after coming to faith in Jesus then this person is an enemy of God and will be consumed in the raging fire of judgment, therefore losing one's salvation.
Hebrews 10:25 says, “...not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.”
This verse is quoted quite often in the churches to exhort people to attend church consistently.
But is this what this verse is talking about?
Let’s understand this verse in the context of Hebrews.
The book of Hebrews was written to Jewish people who were on the verge of willfully rejecting the new covenant (NC) of grace.
In rejecting the NC, as we learn in Hebrews, they were making a decision to continue to practice the requirements of the old covenant (OC) of law.
Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?
The biblical answer is no.
Rather than being in conflict, God's wrath and God's grace are complimentary of each other.
The Bible speaks of God's wrath as the process of purifying the earth from all that is evil, sinful, and hurtful, and creating a new earth that is free from all that is unrighteous and ungodly...an earth where there is no more sorrow, pain, death, tears, etc...
It is a new earth that reflects his love.
The Jewish people of Jesus time knew from the OT Scriptures that righteousness was required to enter the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said the righteousness required was the very righteousness of God...his perfect righteousness (Matthew 5:48)
Part of the perfect righteous character of God was his gracious, compassionate heart...a heart of unconditional love, unmerited kindness, and unearned blessings.
The Hebrew word for gracious in the OT ischannun.
It is used 13 times in the OT to desribe the gracious, compassionate and kind heart of God.
As believers who live under grace (all that God did for us in Christ) and not under law (the Ten Commandments) does it matter then how we live?
The Bible teaches that as grace believers we should live a life pleasing to God.
Paul, whom the ascended Jesus personally taught, writes of pleasing God.
For example, in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 he writes:
“Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.
Did you know the Bible teaches that if you are in Christ you are free from the Ten Commandments and the bondage it brings?
Yet this is exactly what the Bible teaches.
It seems absurd, even heretical, to view the Ten Commandments as something we need to be freed from and that can put someone into bondage.
It seems the commandments, if obeyed by someone, can lead to freedom.
But that is the problem.
The Bible teaches that no one can obey the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:9-20).
We have all sinned and broken the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:23).
Paul says in Galatians 5:1:
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
The context of this verse is that Jesus, through his death and resurrection, freed the Jewish people from slavery to the law in seeking to become righteous (right with God, innocent before God).
In Galatians, Paul teaches that righteousness comes simply by grace through faith in Jesus and not by following the Law of Moses.
As a result, Paul exhorted the believers in Galatia to not let any leader or teacher convince them to return to the slavery of the law from which Jesus redeemed them.
Those who live completely by grace through faith in Jesus alone and not by the law (Ten Commandments, rules, rituals, requirements, spiritual disciplines) and those who teach we live by grace through faith in Jesus and not by the law are many times accused by church leaders of not caring about or upholding the law.
Many of these church leaders believe we are saved by grace through faith, but also believe we live by the law (Ten Commandments) as a guide for moral living.
Many Pastors do a series on the Ten Commandments to teach people to live moral lives.
The law is the righteous requirements given to the nation of Israel to keep them seperate from the Gentile nations for the purpose of being a light of God's love to the Gentile nations. The law was the standard of righteousness.
This would include the Ten Commandments and the two great commandments to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as you love yourself. It would also include everything else in Exodus 19-Deuteronomy.
The Gentiles were never under the law.