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Follow-up on willful sins?

Submitted: 3/23/2010
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Question: What I really need to know is if you have to do the following to make a sin a willful sin? trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Answer: The writer of Hebrews is saying that when a person willfully sins after receiving the truth, this has the effect of trampling the Son of God under foot, counting the blood an unholy thing, and insulting the Spirit of grace. The whole point of this and chapter 6 is that if a person rejects the only source of mercy, then how can he ever receive mercy? It does not mean a person cannot repent. It means he cannot repent if he has turned his back on the only hope of salvation. If a person has truly repented, this indicates that he has not rejected the salvation that is in Jesus Christ. The verb tense indicates that this person is willfully continuing in sin, not that has engaged in sin but then turned back to God. Hope this clears it up for you.