Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Saturday after the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 19, 2022 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Hebrews 10:26-31 (NKJV)
10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The holy writer describes the terrible fate of those who fell into destruction under the Law of Moses. However, there is a worse end for apostates of the Christian faith! It is one thing for a person to die for breaking the Lord’s commandments, because that is the natural consequence of sin. It is another and far worse thing when someone who had come to know and believe in Christ as his Savior and who had experienced His sanctifying grace to abandon Him and to reject His work of Redemption.
There was no greater demonstration of God’s love for man than the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son. There is no other way to salvation than by faith in that all-sufficient atonement for sin. Thus, there is no greater offense to God than the apostate who considers such a thing as a common trifle. When a person rejects this sacrifice and when he falls away from the faith by which he had been sanctified, he falls into hands of the living God with no Mediator and no Helper, and must bear the judgment of his own sins. May the Lord who has saved us by His grace preserve us in the one, true faith until our end so that we are not afraid to say with Christ, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” (Luke 23:46).
Prayer: O God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by Thy Holy Spirit, that being ever mindful of the end of all things, and the day of Thy just judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwell with Thee forever hereafter; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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