Trampling Grace Underfoot
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29
It is certainly impossible to overstate the miraculous gift of grace. The grace of our loving God can, and has reached into the deepest pit and rescued the vilest of sinners, transforming slave trader to liberator and setting free the most captive drunkard and addict. We have each been apprehended for eternity by the incomparable grace of God. The darkest stain of sin has been eradicated by the powerful blood of Jesus so that not one hint of it remains; declared righteous and holy before a supremely just, yet merciful God. By it, we who are in Christ have been transformed by the power of His life as it has been poured into ours. While it is impossible to overstate its power and effect, it is not impossible however to misstate the gift of grace.
There are some today who are dangerously close to teaching that under a dispensation of grace the law of Moses (which is simply the moral law of God) is of no use and rejects any socially established morality. Does not Hebrews 10:26-29 refer to this as trampling underfoot the Son of God, and counting the blood of the covenant…as an unholy thing (profaning the holy blood Christ that was shed for us), and insulting the Spirit of Grace?
Many use Grace not as a gift from God, but as an excuse to justify their lusts. Some use the Commandments as a legalistic noose, while others disregard the Spirit of the commandments as a school teacher to guide us and protect us from causing hurt to others and shame to Christ Name. When one is in a relationship, they are not bound to express love and respect by the law, but because they are in love. Likewise, my desire to live a life that is honoring to the Lord is not based on a legalistic view, but on a grateful heart’s desire to love Him and be a tangible expression of His love to others. My freedoms are not an excuse to live in such a way that gives license to others to live in licentiousness.