Joseph Prince - His Blessings Over You Are Irreversible
Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Once again, what a joy for me to share God's Word with you. I really look forward to share God's Word every week. I look forward to hearing from God, to just have that Word in season that God has for you. You know, it's important that we take time for the Word of God.
You know, one time Jesus came into the house of Martha and Mary, and the Bible tells us Martha was busy serving, but Mary said at Jesus's feet, hearing his Word. And the sister came out later on, and she was angry that the sister left her alone to serve, and Jesus did not correct Mary, who was seated at his feet. Jesus corrected Martha and said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. One thing is needful".
Notice, one thing, not many things. "And Martha," he said, "you're worried about many things because you didn't do the one thing". And what is the one thing? "He says one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her". So, every time you prioritize God's Word, God prioritizes you and mark you off for blessings, amen? He says one thing is needful. Do we really believe that? You know, we are worried about many things in life, and we think that, "this is necessary. My exercise daily is needful. My planning every week is needful. My doing this, my doing that," but Jesus put all this in perspective when he said to us one thing is needful.
Mary chose the good part. And what does the Bible say? Mary sat at Jesus's feet and heard his Word, and that's why Martha, who wanted to serve Jesus, she had a right intention. She wanna serve the King of kings, amen, but she didn't do it in the right spirit. And the Lord doesn't just want our service. He didn't rebuke Martha for her service. He corrected Martha for her many worries and cares, because she didn't do the one thing. It is the Word of God that restores. It is the Word of God that heals. As it is written, "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions".
It is the Word of God that sets us apart, sanctify us, amen, as a people that is marked by the Lord, marked for blessings, marked for anointing, marked for heaven's best, amen? So that we don't share the common lot of the people in this world. And that's what the Bible says. Jesus said in his high priestly prayer, "Sanctify them," your people, the believers, "through thy truth: thy word is truth". And it's the Word of God that sets us free, amen? Praise God.
So, the primary way we receive God's Word is to attend to the Holy Scriptures, every time we spend time in the Word of God. It is not just an ordinary book that we have to do with. It is the book of life. It is the bread of life, and we wait on the Lord. We ask him to speak to us through his words, and it can be something from the Old Testament. It can be something from the book of Isaiah the prophet. It can be a story from Joshua. It can be something from the book of Revelation. It can be something from the Gospel of Luke. But, you know, every time you spend time in the Word of God and you speak, it is as if God is speaking to you now. He has a now Word for you, even from the accounts and the narratives of the Old Testament. And when you spend time in that way, you will look forward for that time, because you will know that God is speaking to you. The living voice of God is in the Scriptures, amen? That's the primary way.
The second way that God speaks to us is by the inward witness, amen, and when he drops a Word in your heart or he just leads you by the inner peace, amen? The sense of everything is right. And when you step out of his will, there is a troubling in your spirit. There is, like, a red light on the inside. Then you know that you're out, and you get back in again. Praise the Lord. That's how he leads us, with the presence or the absence of peace, amen? Don't sign on anything, don't commit yourself to anything if there is an unrest, amen? Check with your wife until both of you have that peace to embark on something or to invest in something or to do something, and then you do it. Praise the Lord.
You know, recently, we had, you know, GenRev camp, youth camp, and we had our largest turnout online. We had about 2,300 for the final night, and I was sharing on the final night. And, you know, towards the end, as I prayed for the young people online, the Lord gave me a Word, and this was the Word the Lord said to me that, "there's someone who is on the verge of doing something that is very bad, and he is giving the Lord, like, these words. He's saying to the Lord, 'I'm giving you a final chance.'" And I was describing this as the Lord showed me. "You're saying, 'God, I'm giving you a final chance to reach out to me.'"
So, whoever it was, I just gave the Word as I received from the Lord, and later on that night, this was the final night, by the way, of the youth camp. And that night the youth leader, Pastor Daniel, shared with me that there was a youth who was sitting on his window, and he was listening at the same time. And he's a troubled youth, and he was sitting at his window and, obviously, attempting to do something bad, you know? And he heard the Word from God. He heard that, "you are the person that you're saying to God, 'God, I'm about to do something bad, but I wanna give you a final chance to reach out to me.'" And he was tuning in, and he was listening to the Word, so he decided not to do what he wanted to do. And he got off the window and got help.
So, one of our leaders got in touch with him, and, as of now, he's still ministering to that particular youth, and we believe that good things gonna happen to him, amen? Because God marked him out. Praise the Lord. So, the Word of God is what we desire. Be it from the written Word or the spoken Word, the Word of God is what transforms our lives, amen? And you're about to receive that, the now Word for you right now in Jesus's name. You know, last week we talked about passages in the Scriptures where the enemy of our souls have used to twist it around to bring fear, uncertainties, and cause all kinds of difficulties, you know, in the life of believers. Not just young believers. Especially young believers, but also in the life of believers, right?
Now, many of them don't even understand the passages that I'm talking about. Like, I address Hebrews chapter 6 and how it's not written, the particular group that they're talking about, the problematic group in Hebrews 6, they're not believers. They're people who are enlightened. They have participated in church and the activities of a church, but they are one step short. They came so close, and yet they're so far. They're not saved, okay? But the devil has used passages like this to subvert the souls of believers, and I just wanna share another portion of Scripture today that I think has caused also difficulties for many believers.
And I want you to know one thing, church. It's important that you feel secure. It is very important that you feel, in this relationship with God, that you are secure in this relationship. You know, joy and fear cannot operate concurrently, amen? You cannot be in an environment where there's fear, there's threat, and then have love or joy flowing in your life. You cannot, amen? Joy, love, peace thrive in an environment of security, amen? And that's why when a child is in an environment where the child is secure, and when the child is corrected by the parent, the child is not crushed.
In fact, the child feels like he's loved by the parent who corrects him, amen? Because he's always be in that environment of love, in that environment of non-threatening. It's not as if, "Okay, child, there's one thing that you might do, and if you do that one thing you'll never be my child anymore". That cannot be. And how much more the Father, who is the Father in heaven, who is all-perfect, amen? Perfect goodness. Jesus says, "If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father in heaven give good things to them that ask him"? Amen. And last week, we look at the passage in Scripture where it says in Hebrews chapter 6 it's impossible for people who experience all these things to renew them to repentance, and I explain all that.
Get that message. You're gonna hear the breakdown of that passage, but there's also another impossible. The word "impossible" is used twice in the passage, and then it said that more believers are cognizant of the negative use of that word in the Hebrews chapter 6, in that chapter. And they're not well cognizant with the other impossible, where it's impossible for God to lie in the context of blessings. Let's do that again. It says in Hebrews chapter 6, "That by two immutable," or unchangeable, "things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us".
And the context here is referring to God promising to bless us. Look at verse 14. God's saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you," so in that context it says it's impossible for God to lie. Why is it, then, people say, "What about Hebrews 6"? They're not referring to this impossible. They're referring to the other impossible in the same chapter, where it's a negative impossible. But next time anyone ask you, you know, things like, "You know, what about Hebrews 6"? "You mean", just answer, "You mean it's impossible for God not to bless me"? Amen. Try that on and see what happens.
So, let's be aware that the enemy of our souls will cause us to even snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, amen? They'll try to find a way to cause you to see the darkness out of the light in the room. Don't be like that. Don't be someone who find fault. Don't be someone who, like, always look for the condemnation part, amen? You know, even the way we present the gospel to the world, the Bible is very clear. That ask yourself this question, "Am I presenting the gospel the way Paul presented"? Look at how Paul presented. This is what he says in his own words in 2 Corinthians 5: "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them".
Notice that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself. Have you noticed that Jesus, when he was on Earth, and he dealt with people who were sinners, amen? Some of them, you know, overt sinners. Like, outwardly they're considered social outcasts in their day and culture. They were prostitutes, tax collectors. Tax collectors are like people who betray their country to collect taxes for another country, and in this case the Romans, and yet the way Jesus dealt with these people who were sinners, it's as if he's not cognizant of their sins. It is as if he's not imputing their trespasses to them, and he dispense his healing, his restoration, his miracles freely to these people, as many as touch him. You know, obviously, all these people are touching him. They have sin in their lives, but that sin is not able to stop his grace from flowing in their lives.
You know, people say things like, "You know, Pastor Prince, sin stop the grace of God in that revival". Friend, if sin can stop grace from operating, then the revival will never happen, because revivals happen where there's a lot of sin. That's why you need a revival, amen? No, friend. Sin cannot stop God's grace. God's grace is greater than all our sin, amen? Just like in the case of all these sinners that touch Jesus. Their sin cannot stop his grace, even his grace of healing, from flowing into their bodies, amen? They receive from the Lord. Perhaps the way we are approaching this is wrong. If we allow people to receive from the Lord, maybe their lives can be transformed, you know?
I say "maybe" tongue in cheek, you know? They will be transformed, because it's the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. Are we preaching this 2 Corinthians 5 the way Paul preach it, right? God is not imputing their trespasses to them. Or are we preaching the gospel to them and telling them they must turn around, turn away from their sin, turn away from their sin? You know, friend, lemme tell you this. You gotta preach to people the love of God, the answer to their sins, Jesus Christ, and what he did for them at the cross. And notice that the Word given to us, and God has committed to us what Word? The Word of reconciliation. "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God".
Notice it's not a matter of God being reconciled to you. God is not the one with the problem, amen? God is already reconciled to you. God's heart is reaching out to you. It is you that must be reconciled to God, and people will be reconciled to God when they know that God is not counting their trespasses unto them. Does that mean that God will never deal with their sins? No, God will deal with their sins, but it's after, amen? They accept Jesus, and then like the Bible says, as many as receive him, to them he give power to become sons of God, amen? How many of you clean yourself before you take a bath? No, you take a bath to be clean, amen? Jesus is the bath. Come to him as you are, and he gives you the power to become sons of God. Hallelujah. Amen.
And you can deal with your sins. You can deal with all the wrong believing and the wrong actions and the wrong behavior. All that comes after because you have accepted Jesus Christ, but you're trying to clear all this before you come to Jesus. It will never happen. So, the message we have for the world is that be reconciled to God. God is not mad at you. God loves you. He sent his son to die for your sins. That is the message. That is the gospel that will win the world. You know, we preach a lot of things, but the world is not hearing the gospel, amen? They think that we're a bunch of dos-and-don'ts, and they have missed the gospel because we have not preached the gospel. And the gospel is not natural. The law is natural, amen?
"Do good, you get good. Do bad, you get bad". That is natural. People understand that. But to tell them, "You can receive good you don't deserve," that is grace. That is not natural. Grace is not natural. That's why it does not take the Holy Spirit to preach the law. It takes the Holy Spirit to preach grace, because grace is not natural, amen? It takes the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to unveil the grace of God, unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor that people can receive. That's it, just to receive, amen? It is not for them to earn. It's for them to receive. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
Once again, we'll look another passage of Scripture that cause problems for believers especially, and I remember people always like to quote this verse. They'll say, "What about sinning willfully"? Let's look at that portion there in Hebrews chapter 10. "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth". Now, it sounds like this is a sin that a believer can do because they have received the knowledge of the truth.
Now, friend, let me tell you this. First and foremost, you can receive the knowledge of the truth, know that Jesus is the only way to God, know that Christ died for your sins. You have receive this knowledge, but you have not received the truth. It's possible for one to receive the knowledge of the truth, but not receive the truth, who is Jesus himself, amen? So, these people are people who receive the knowledge of the truth, not the truth, okay? Put in correct perspective here. That, "if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses's law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 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"?
So, I'm gonna cover this today, and I believe that it's gonna set you free. It's gonna establish you in righteousness. It's gonna cause a peace, amen, to be restored to your heart. Praise the Lord. And that peace is important. You know, God wants the peace with him. After being declared righteous, we have peace with God. God wants that to translate into the peace of God dominating and prevailing in our hearts, in our emotions, in our minds, and then it manifest as wholeness even in our bodies, amen?
Doctors talk about psychosomatic disorders and diseases and sicknesses, and the word "psychosoma" is Greek. "Psycho" is psyche, your brain, your mind, your mind, psyche. And then, "soma" is your body, so, in other words, bodily problems, bodily sickness caused by your mind, the way you think, your worries, your cares, your stress, and it's a well-known fact. It's scientifically proven, amen? It's not a condition, doctors tell us that they call it autoimmune disorders, which is a result of your body. The immune system itself, amen, is fighting against your own body. Instead of serving its purpose as the immune system of the body, amen, it's now fighting against the body. It's like you are a walking civil war. Why? Because you're not at peace with yourself.
So, God wants this peace with God, that we have with him, to translate into the peace of God, amen? And what I'm showing you today will cause the peace of God to reign supreme in your heart, hallelujah? But those who twist this passage of Scripture is actually robbing people of the peace of God, and they believe that by threatening, by people coming under all this threat and all that, then they'll line up their life and all that. And, friend, you know, lining up your life out of fear will never cause love in your heart for God, amen? It will never cause that. We want God's people to have the right behavior, but, more than that, we want this proper attitude of love, joy, peace, loving God. And that's why you have the right behavior. And the reason I don't commit adultery is because I love my wife.
You know, you can don't commit adultery and have no love for your spouse because of other reasons and other threats that is looming behind you, and you're afraid you'll lose your job because you're a well-known person or whatever. But God wants us not to do something, amen, because of love in our hearts, amen? So, it's not just important to have the right behavior. You must have the right motivation behind that behavior. Praise God. And the peace of God is what causes us to have the right actions and right behavior, the right service towards the Lord, amen?
And, friend, passages like this has been misconstrued to mean that a Christian can lose his salvation. Like I shared last week, the book of Hebrews, it's written to the Hebrews. Chapter 1, verse 1 onwards tells us that God, who in times past in various manner speak to us, to our fathers, by the prophets. Now, it's obvious he's referring to the Jewish people, the Hebrews, because their fathers worship the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He's not referring to us Gentiles, non-Jews, our fathers, obviously, so the context is important. That's number one. And when you talk about sinning willfully, if someone uses this passage on you and say that, "you know, if you sin willfully, you've lost your salvation," right? There's a fearful expectation of judgment coming on you. And if they use that on you, just ask them this, "Have you ever sinned willfully after you were born again, after you received Christ"?
Now, it's so easy to point fingers at other people. And one thing about people who teach, you know, that once you're saved doesn't mean that you're always saved, you can lose your salvation, is that they always believe that they are not the ones that will lose their salvation. They always believe that other people will lose their salvation, so many a-times when people teach this passage it's always not them. It's always others. They have the problem. They are gonna fall away. There's a possibility they will fall away, but not them, okay? Just throw back this question on them: "If you say that you sin willfully you lose your salvation, have you ever sinned willfully"? Ask them, "Have you ever sin willfully after you receive Christ, after you were born again"?
Be very honest. And the honest truth is that everybody has sinned willfully, unless the portion mentioned here. It's God's definition of what is sinning willfully: with eyes wide open. The Bible calls it in the Old Testament with a high-handed hand, amen? Sinning with open eyes. What is this sinning willfully? Obviously, every sin that the believer does, you know, in their life since they were born again until now have been willful. We cannot say it's not willful, but there is a category of willful sin. And this one time God says willful sin, that there is no forgiveness for. Actually, let me just tell you right now, it is turning your back on Jesus Christ. It is like slapping away the hand of God and say, "I don't need your grace. I can earn my own salvation," right? If you look carefully, all these are sins against grace.
Notice, the Holy Spirit. He has insulted the Spirit of grace. It's a rejection of grace. Notice, the Holy Spirit can be called the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of holiness, but he is called the Spirit of grace. It's a rejection of God's grace, and notice he also says, "He's counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing". He counts the blood a common thing. What does it mean? For the Jewish people, and this is written to the Jews. That a common thing means, like, they consider blood of Jesus like the blood of bulls and goats. Common. In those days, it's common to shed the blood of bulls and goats for sin.
Now, the blood of bulls and goats can only cover sin year to year. On Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, right, they'll sacrifice the bullock, and the bullock will cover the sins of the nation for one year, and next year they have to do it again. Of course, it's just covering. It's not removal. How can the blood of bulls and goats take away sins, the Bible says? But until Jesus will come, the true Lamb of God whose blood will take away all sin from our lives, amen? So here we have the sin of, concerning the blood of Jesus, common thing. And we considering that, like, where we act like the blood of Jesus is only good for one day, until our next sin, and then good until our next sin, we are worse off than Israel. At least they have it for one year, and every year they renew it.
You know, for us, it does not even last for one day. And we keep taking the blood of Jesus as a common thing, but the Bible says that Jesus through the eternal Spirit offered himself to God and obtained for us eternal redemption. So the blood of Jesus has an eternal quality, my friend, amen. It gives us eternal forgiveness, amen, like Daniel's prophecy of the 70th week. The Messiah will bring in everlasting righteousness, amen, amen, amen. So notice, these are the sins and then the Bible tells us that they reject Jesus Christ, they reject the Spirit of grace, and they go back to the temple sacrifices. Now, that is a major sin.
Now, last week, we covered the part where Abraham was promised by God that God would bless him and his seed, "Surely blessing I'll bless you". But notice how he ends: "It's impossible for God to lie". Now, this how we must see this passage. A lot of people are familiar with the passage that went before, "It's impossible to renew them to repentance," the negative part of impossible. But here's a positive impossible that no one really talks about. It's impossible for God not to bless you, amen? During this time of the financial crisis, of the famine, during the time of the pandemic, know this: it is impossible for God not to bless you. He has sworn.
What does it take, amen, for us to be convinced? The Bible says: "God swore to give us a strong consolation". It's as if, you know, God doesn't have to swear, you know that. His word is enough. God will never perjure himself. God swore. He came down to our level and the reason is because he wants to convince us, all right, beyond the shadow of any doubt, to give us a strong encouragement that surely blessing, he will bless us. So we must have this attitude during this time, when thoughts come in your mind, thoughts of doubt and unbelief, thoughts of, you know, fear, fear of the future, fear of not having enough, fear that your family will not be supported, fear of losing your health, fear of disease, fear of whatever it is, you know, you need to know this: I am a man with whom God has promised because I'm a seed of Abraham I believe on Christ, I'm a seed of Abraham. And God has a promise in my life that he will fulfill.
It's impossible for God not to bless me. That should be your attitude, amen? Your friend ask you, you know, people are losing their jobs and all that, you know, "Are you worried you'll be next"? No, say, "It's impossible for God not to bless me," amen? It's impossible. Impossible for God to lie in the context of "surely blessing, I will bless you". And he swore. He swore himself with an oath. And he doesn't have to do that, amen? So praise the name of Jesus. You know, people use the blessing of God in such a way that they try to even separate the blessing of God from the very things in life we need, provision, and they will talk down on people that believe God for health or healing.
Now, it's the heart of every parent, you want your child to be well. No parent want their child to be sick unless that parent is sick himself in the head. Every parent want their child to be well, but then if a believer believe God to be well, they're, "Oh, you're part of a health and wealth people". Don't be intimidated by that. Ask yourself, even Jesus said, "If you know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to them that ask him," amen? You know, people use that verse, for example, "God is not a man that he should lie, nor the Son of man that he should repent". And they always use it in the context, a negative context, that God's punishment will come. "God is not a man that he should lie".
When God threatens something, God will carry it out. It's always negative. That's how I was taught as I was growing up in the church that I was under. It's always using this verse: "God is not a man that he should lie, neither the Son of man that he should repent". It's always in the context of negative threats and punishment, okay? But if you look carefully where this quotation is taken from, it is quoted by the prophet Balaam, okay, over Israel and this is what it says: "God is not a man that he should lie, nor a Son of man that he should repent," or change his mind. "Has God said, and will he not do? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it". Because this prophet Balaam was hired by the king of Moab called Balak to curse the people of God, to curse the nation of Israel.
But he says, "Every time I try to curse them, I cannot do it because how can I curse whom God has blessed? God has blessed them and I cannot reverse it". Now, say this: "God has blessed me and no one can reverse it". No demon, no man, can reverse God's blessing on your life. It is irreversible. I said it is irreversible, amen. And the context of "God is not a man that he should lie," is that when he has blessed you, it cannot be reversed. God cannot lie, amen. You are blessed and you will be blessed, and you'll continue to be blessed. No one can reverse it, amen? The whole context is so beautiful. It goes on to say: "God has not observed iniquity in Jacob, nor has he seen wickedness in Israel. The Lord his God is with him, the shout of a King is among them".
Notice, it does not say there is no iniquity in Jacob because we all know there's iniquity in God's people. It does not say that there is no wickedness in Israel. Even in our lives, our comfort is not in saying that there's no sin in our lives. No, we can't say that there's no sin in our lives, right? But the comfort is this: there is iniquity in Jacob, there is wickedness in Israel, but God does not see them. God is not cognizant of them. And this is in the context of God blessing Israel. God blesses them like he's not imputing their trespasses to them. God blesses them as if there is no sin in their lives. Now, I say, "as if," amen? That's how God blesses. That's how Jesus healed the people, as if they have no sin. It's not imputing their trespasses to them, whoo, hallelujah. I just preached myself happy, man. Thank you, Jesus.
Now, let's go back to Hebrews: "By two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge". Notice this phrase. To the Hebrews, they understand what Paul is saying. I believe Paul is the author of the book of Hebrews. They understand what he's saying when he tell them, "We have fled, run away for refuge," because they are familiar with this term, "refuge". The city of, fleeing for refuge is something that was provided for in the Old Testament. In the time of Joshua, God says, "When you go into the land, prepare cities of refuge". And let's read about it. "To lay hold of the hope set before us". Numbers 35: "The Lord said to Moses, 'Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. "When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, designate cities of refuge to which people can flee if they have killed someone accidentally".'"
Now, this is very important. Cities of refuge are for people who have killed someone accidentally. In other words, not willfully. Now, Bible must always interpret Bible. We are gonna bring this into the context of what we are teaching, okay? Very clearly, so it's for people who have not committed, in other words, they committed a not first-degree murder but second-degree murder. There's no malice or aforethought of evil, to do evil. It's either by accident or it's in the category of manslaughter, all right? It's not for those who kill, felony murder, first degree, with premeditation. Okay? So remember that. It is very important. Drop down. "These cities," of refuge, "will be places of protection from a dead person's relatives who want to avenge the death. The slayer must not be put to death before being tried by the community. Designate six cities of refuge for yourselves, three on the east side of the Jordan River and three on the west in the land of Canaan".
Now, watch this. God is so considerate that God makes it accessible. Three on the east side of the River Jordan. The River Jordan goes right through the land of Israel. And God says, "Three on the east side," amen, and they are well distributed, "and three on the west side," so that it is easily accessible to anyone who kills someone unintentionally, they can have the nearest city of refuge to flee to. God makes it easy. Thank God it's not just one city of refuge. God puts it all across so that people can access to it. And then God says, drop down, "These cities are for the protection of Israelites, foreigners living among you, and traveling merchants. Anyone who accidentally kills someone may flee there for safety". But it is only for people who kill someone unintentionally, all right? Manslaughter.
Now, he goes on to say something very, very interesting because, you know, in the Old Testament God hides pictures of his Son. It's throughout the Bible. Even in all the laws, in all the ordinances, the statutes, you will see God's Son, amen? Look for him, okay? And over here, watch this now. God hides the picture of his Son as he goes on in verse 16: "If someone strikes and kills another person with a piece of iron," a piece of what? "Iron, it is murder, and the murderer must be executed. But if someone strikes and kills another person with a wooden object, it is murder".
So we have a piece of iron, we have a wooden object. Jesus was nailed to the cross by pieces of iron and the cross is a wooden object. So that makes all of us who nailed him, Jew and Gentile, those who nailed him murderers, very clearly, all right? This is not manslaughter. This is premeditated murder, and that's why the result is the murderer must be executed. "The murderer must be put to death". But something happened at the cross that made all this no more a willful sin, no more a premeditated murder. Jesus himself changed everything. Because in Luke 23, the Bible says and I believe it's just the moment they nailed him, it happened when he said this. It says: "Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.'" They do not know what they do. Forgive them, Father, they do not know what they do.
The moment he prayed that prayer for us, he put all of us who nailed him on the cross in the category of unintentional sin, unintentional murder. It is not premeditated, hallelujah. That means all of us qualify for him, the true city of refuge. And you know, all the time that the slayer lives in the city of refuge, he is protected. He's protected from the relatives of the man he killed, all right? He's safe and sound. Not only that, he's provided for within the means and the resources of that city. And the city of refuge are the cities of priests. And do you know, the priests of the Old Testament, they live the best life, amen. They are fed the best, amen. They are clothed with the best, amen. God commands it to be so.
If you read Numbers 18, it tells us here very clearly: "All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine, and all the best of the grain, their first fruits which they offer to the Lord, I have given them to you". So God is saying to Aaron. "You" here is Aaron and his sons who are the priests, high priest and the priest. God is saying, "I give you the best of the oil. I give you the best of the grain. I give you the best of the wine". "You will eat the best," God says, "if you be willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land," amen? So notice that the slayer is not a priest. In fact, he's a murderer, right? But he gets to eat the food that the priests eat as long as he's in their city.
Isn't this a wonderful picture of all of us enjoying blessings that we don't deserve, amen? Because we are now in the true city of refuge, our Lord Jesus Christ, hallelujah, amen. So look at this in the context of the Hebrew understanding of willful sin, amen, and unwillful sin, if you can put it that way.
Let's go back to Hebrews chapter 10: "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins". Notice that? In other words, people commit their sin. You cannot throw an altar call and say, "Well, if you think you have committed these sins, come to the front or pray this prayer, all right, to be made right with God". No, there's no hope for them. There remains no longer any sacrifice for sins. If they have turned their back on Jesus Christ, they reject the grace of God, they insult the Spirit of grace, they don't believe the blood of Jesus is not on the same level as the blood of bulls and goats, that it can remove their sins once and for all, and they turn their back on Jesus and they go back to the temple sacrifices, because the temple was in existence when this book was written, then they have committed what is called the unpardonable sin.
The unpardonable sin is a sin that today a believer cannot commit, okay? It is a sin where you've got to see Jesus in person, amen, and then say that the works that he did, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, is done by the spirit of the devil. That is attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the work of the devil. That is unpardonable sin, and it's in Jesus in person. Now, listen carefully, it's tantamount to people who, with open eyes knowing Jesus... by the way, the context of it and Jesus shared about the unpardonable sin in Matthew 12. In that chapter is a picture of Jesus being rejected. In the same chapter where he taught on the unpardonable sin, he was rejected by the nation of Israel by leaders in his threefold office: prophet, priest, King.
In the first place he says that "a greater than the temple is here, the Lord of the Sabbath". It's all in that chapter. They rejected him as the greater priest. And then later on he says, "A greater than Jonah is here". Who is Jonah? A prophet. He's the greater prophet. They rejected him and his prophetic ministry. And they rejected him as the King. "A greater than Solomon is here". So with open eyes, knowing who he is, they rejected him. That is the unpardonable sin. So in a way, sinning willfully is like the unpardonable sin, committed by the Jewish people in that day and age by turning their backs on Jesus. But in a way, there's a warning also that when grace is preached, do not insult the Spirit of grace.
You know, I see in the Bible that of all the judgments that people talk about, they don't talk about the very things that the New Testament talks about judgment. For example, Paul pronounced a double curse on anyone that does not preach the gospel of grace. We hardly preach that today. I saw that verse a long time ago and I decided instead of being doubly cursed, I'm gonna be doubly blessed by preaching the gospel of grace. In the book of Galatians it says that "everyone who does not continue," not doing your best. No, doing your best is not enough under the law. You must do all. It says: "Everyone who does not continue to do all things in the book of the law, is under the curse". And the Bible says: "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse". That's why the moment you think you stand on the law, bang, you come under the curse. But "those who are of faith are blessed". Those who are of faith are blessed, amen, praise the name of Jesus.
Now, the Bible says that "there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment". In other words, the sin against grace. To see grace in person. No friend, like I said just now, people don't realize the rejection of grace, speaking against grace, or speaking against the gospel of grace, is actually a worse punishment than sins under the law. Here, he bears it out.
You know, I was reading one time in Israel, I was on site, at the site of Bethsaida, and I was reading about the woes, amen? We were doing a recording and I was reading the passage where Jesus says, "Woe to you, Bethsaida. Woe to you, Capernaum. Like, Capernaum, you're exalted to heaven. You shall be brought down to the lowest hell". He was pronouncing the woe, W-O-E, woes, woes, woe to the city, woe to the city. But what happened to Capernaum? It was exalted to heaven because Jesus did many of his miracles in Capernaum and yet they rejected him. They rejected the grace of God, and now it's brought down to the lowest hell. At that time, there was another city called Tiberias. And till today, Tiberias still exists, but Capernaum is just a town of ruins. People visit there to see the ruins. It's never rebuilt. It came under the curse.
And then I was reading this, and all of a sudden, it dawned on me he even mentioned, "Woe to you", he mentioned Capernaum, he mentioned Bethsaida, he mentioned all the cities where he preached in, and then he says this: "It is more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah", Sodom and Gomorrah, think about it, "It's more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for you". All the cities that had Jesus preach in them where the grace of God came so close, where he cleansed their lepers, unstopped their deaf ears, opened the eyes of the blind, preached the Gospel to the poor, raised the dead, the grace of God came so close, yet they rejected him. It'll bring about a worse punishment than the sins under law. It's worse punishment than what the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah would have.
So I just wanna say this: Think twice... no, think thrice, all right, before you come against the Gospel of grace. To speak against grace, you take away the very hope that people have, amen, and the Gospel is called the gospel of grace and peace, amen. So the Bible says, "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"?
Purposefully, the Lord put the word, the designation of the Holy Spirit, he has the Spirit of grace, a spirit of undeserved, unearned favor, extending supplies of healing, supplies of salvation, supplies of blessings to man, and they reject the Spirit of grace. They reject the call of salvation. They will work their way to salvation. They want to work. They want their efforts. They turn their back on the Lord and go back to the law, go back to the temple sacrifices. The Bible says, "You have just trodden down under foot the Son of God". And these are people who have a knowledge of the truth, but they have not received the truth, amen?
If you look at this passage, it's from Hebrews chapter 10, and it's verse 26, onwards, that I'm quoting to you. But, you know, if you look at a passage, it's always my style. I don't wanna take verses out of context. It's always important to leave it in its context. You take a "text" out of its "context," you have the Word, "con," and that's how you get conned, all right? You need to interpret correctly in the context.
So let's start with the very first verse of this chapter. It started by saying, "The law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not", the sacrifices, okay? The sacrifice of bulls and goats, "would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once", and the word "once" here is "once and for all", "once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins".
Now, if the blood of bulls and goats had worked, really remove our sins, then the worshipers, Paul is saying, by the Spirit, worshipers today will have no more sin-consciousness, but the blood of Jesus is not a common blood. The blood of Jesus is royal blood. The blood of Jesus is sinless blood. The blood of Jesus is the blood of God himself. How much more would the blood of Jesus, when he has touched you, cleansed you, is a eternal cleansing, eternal forgiveness? You should feel like, you know, when you know your debt is paid, the debt should not be on your conscience, amen? But if you know Jesus, it's not just that he died for our sins. It's like the payment God made for our sins, Jesus Christ, is greater than our debt, amen. It's like we owe God a $10 billion debt, okay? But God gave us a hundred-trillion payment, amen.
So the cross is the justice of God or the love of God giving payment to the justice of God, amen. People say things like, sometimes I hear people say, "Well, on the cross, Jesus paid the devil to set us free". No such thing. The devil doesn't come in the equation at all. God owes the devil nothing. It's an outlaw spirit, amen? At the cross is the love of God, amen, making payment to the justice and the righteousness of God, and the cross, the blood of Jesus has fully glorified all the claims of a holy God on my life and your life, amen. God is glorified by what Jesus did, not just simply, you know, at peace but glorified by what Jesus did.
God's attributes have all been justified, amen, vindicated, amen, but the death of Jesus on the cross, and today the Bible use the term, "God is righteous in making us righteous," not "God is merciful". He is merciful, but in the context here, it's saying, "God is righteous in making us righteous". Oh, hallelujah for what Christ has done. To him be glory forever and ever, amen? Praise God. If the sacrifice had worked, the believers, "the worshipers, would have no more consciousness of sins".
Friend, the blood of Jesus has purified us once and for all. We should have no more sin-consciousness, but in those sacrifices of bulls and goats, "there is a reminder of sins every year". Notice, "reminder of sins" is the opposite of "no more sin-consciousness," and, yet today it seems like the church wants to bring back reminder of sins, reminder of sins, almost like every sermon is a reminder of sins, reminder of sins, and we think we are being spiritual, by reminding people of sins, they will not sin - wrong. Remind them of sins make them sin-conscious. The more sin-conscious, they can't help but produce more sin, amen.
The Bible says we believe right that the sacrifice of Christ, once and for all, has purified us, cleansed us, amen? We should have no more sin-consciousness. To have sin-consciousness is to say that Jesus did not do a good payment. It's to doubt the finality of his payment. It's insulting the Spirit of grace. So Jesus has done a perfect work, amen, and this perfection here is referring to a perfect work in our, a perfect conscience is a conscience no more under the heavy burden of guilt and consciousness of sins, praise God. So I want you to remember these three W's in closing. If you hold these three W's in your heart, you'll be established well in righteousness, amen.
So the first one is this: "Then Jesus said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God.'" That's the first "W," "will". The will of God is... what? "He takes away the First Covenant that he may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all". "By that will", what's that will? The will of God. We all wanna do God's will, right? Amen, the will of God is to remove the First Covenant of the law, to bring in the new covenant of grace. And Jesus said to the Father, and this is, of course, before he came as a man. He says, "Father, behold, I come to do your will". He takes away the first that he may establish the second. And "By that will, we have all been set apart unto God, made holy, sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ", for how long? "Once for all". Once for all.
There's the first "W," the will of God, the will of God the Father, amen? The second "W," "And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after, Jesus, after he had offered", How many sacrifice? "One sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God," so the second "W" is the work of the Son. The first one is the will of the Father, the first "W".
The second one is the work of the Son has established you, amen, forever in the eyes of God. Your sins have been removed. Now say this after me three times, "One sacrifice for sins forever". Say it again: "One sacrifice for sins forever". Say it again: "One sacrifice for sins forever," amen, amen. The work of Jesus, the Son. And the third "W" is the witness of the Holy Spirit. Have you noticed the Triune God is in this chapter? So long before you look at the portion in the same chapter where it says, "sin willfully," you must know what you are turning against unto.
Okay, these people that turn against, they are turning against the will of God the Father, the work of Jesus Christ, the Son, and the witness of the Holy Spirit, which you come to right now. What's the witness of the Holy Spirit? "The Holy Spirit also witnesses to us". "The Holy Spirit also witnesses to us".
So this is the third "W," the witness of the Holy Spirit. "For after the Holy Spirit said before," or earlier, "'This is the covenant that I'll make with them after those days, says the Lord. I'll put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them'", now watch this, "then he adds", so after the Holy Spirit said before "'I'll put my laws in their hearts,' then he adds, 'Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.'"
In other words, the clause that makes God able to put his laws in our hearts and write them on our minds is this clause, knowing this, that God is merciful, "propitious," in the Greek, to my unrighteousness, and my sins God remembers no more. Your sins God remembers no more, amen? And it's not because God is going easy on sin now in the New Covenant. No, God is still a holy God, amen, and forevermore a trice holy God, but God remembered that, when Jesus hung on the cross, he has punished all your sins and my sins in the body of Jesus Christ, and God remembered our sins then. Like, in the Old Testament, God says, "I'll remember your sins, and I'll visit your sins to the third and fourth generation".
Now he says, "I'll remember your sins no more". No moments, you'll never be visited by God for punishment because God remembered all your sins in the body of Jesus Christ, and God unleashed his righteous punishments and judicial wrath on the body of Jesus Christ on our behalf because he has no sins of his own to die for. He was punished as if he's the world's greatest sinner, and as he was being punished by God, he cried out, "Father, forgive them. They know not what they are doing". He put all our sins, the many sins that we have committed and will ever commit in the category of unwillful sin, so the willful sin is the sin of rejecting all the three W's, the work of Jesus Christ, the witness of the Holy Spirit, the will of God the Father. Do you understand that, amen?
So the Holy Spirit is saying, if you know this clause that God remembers your sins no more, yet how many believers believe that? They walk around like God remembers their sins, and God will visit them one day. They drive down the road, they have a tire puncture, "Oh, maybe it's something that I did last week. I remember I did something bad last week, so now it's God judging me". Anything goes wrong, "Oh, I think it's because last time, when I was younger, I did this".
We don't really believe the witness of the Holy Spirit. We have been taught the Holy Spirit always finds fault. He always finds fault inside us. He always finds fault. He always look out for your sins. He look out... no, no, the Bible says it's the witness of the Holy Spirit. He witnesses to you, your sins God remembers no more. Hallelujah, praise the name of Jesus, amen. Therefore, God says, "Surely blessing, I will bless you". And the Bible says, "Where there is forgiveness of this, there's no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, because there's no more an offering for sin, Jesus is the final offering for sin. We have boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus," and he go on to say, "a new and living way, coming in, let us draw near of a true heart in full assurance of faith".
A Christian life is a life not of fear like you're so afraid to come to God because God is cognizant of your sins. No, it's a life of boldness, amen, attesting to the work of Jesus, glorifying him and coming boldly to God. How that will make you want to God's presence in a "new and living way because that's the way that Jesus has consecrated for us", if goes on to say, "Let us draw near of a true heart in full assurance of faith," not drawing near with a heart that's not sure, not full of assurance, don't talk about full assurance. No assurance at all, even. No, friend, that passage that you read on, later on, it's not for you, the believer.
For the believer, God says, "Come near, come near in full assurance of faith," amen? And he says, "Let's hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering," amen? "Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together," then, after that, if the sinning willfully comes after the rejection of all this, and, friend, why would anyone wanna reject this? Why would you want to reject this? It's because of the will of God. God saw that, under the covenant of law, the First Covenant, there was no way for you to be blessed, amen? And God brought forth the New Covenant of grace. The First Covenant, everything depended on you, the man, "You shall, you shall, you shall, you shall," but New Covenant all depends on him, "I will, I will, I will, I will".
So we need to rest and say, "Lord, continue my provision. You will because you said, 'Surely blessing, I will bless you,' multiplying, 'I will multiply you.' God, you promised me. Lord, I just depend on you. I rest on you to fulfill it". The onus is not on me to fulfill it. It's not the covenant of law anymore: "God, I do my part," God does his part. I do my part; God does his part. I don't do my part. God don't do his part. No, the New Covenant say, "I will put my laws in their hearts. I will be their God. If they are in trouble, I'll be their God. If they are sick, I'll be their God," and we will all know him from the least to the greatest. Why? Because "Their sins I remember no more".
So that is the clause. The final one is the clause that makes all the previous three clauses work in our lives. If we find that we're not internally guided by God, it is because we don't believe our sins God remembers no more. But, by that, we are saying God is not dealing with us based on sins. God is dealing with us today based on his Son, not on sin, our sin, but on his Son. If Jesus deserves the best, you get it 'cause he's dealing with you based on his Son, amen?
Okay, I preached myself happy. I'm gonna release you right now. Praise the name of Jesus. But before that, I wanna pray for those of you who wanna put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, as your Lord, and if you've been touched by the Holy Spirit right now, you know that you're a sinner, you know that Christ died for sinners, you know that Christ died for your sins and you want to make yourself ready to avail yourself of all that Christ has done, if that is you, pray this prayer with me right now. Say:
Heavenly Father, I confess that Christ died for my sins and you raised him from the dead for my justification. Thank you, Father. Jesus Christ is my Lord. And, Father, I thank you that all my sins have been put away by the precious blood of Christ. I'm now born again. I'm a new creation in Christ. I'm a son of God. Old things are passed away. All things become new. Thank you, Father, in Jesus's wonderful name, amen, amen, amen, hallelujah.
I wanna pray for you. For those of you who are having challenges in your body, whatever area it is right now, because your sins have been forgiven and God is not dealing with you right now based on your sins but based on his Son, in other words, based on Jesus's righteousness, here, right now, in Jesus's name, just receive, amen? Say:
God, you are the healing God, therefore, I am to you a people that is well, amen, whole, amen, healthy, amen, praise the Lord. Thank you, Lord.
That is the New Covenant, amen? Remember, look at God as the one who does it: "I will, I will, I will". Even healing, amen. Right now receive it in Jesus's wonderful name. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
I see someone's heart is like a valve just opened up. I don't know what is there. There's a blockage, and you're well aware of what I'm talking about, the one that's receiving it. You feel like your heart is like, you feel like there's a clear clarity there, and you're breathing better, and you feel a warmth in that area. God is healing your heart, whoever you are, and God is giving you a brand-new valve in your heart right now in Jesus's name. I speak that creative miracle in your life in Jesus's name, in Jesus's name.
Someone is being healed of a lumbar area pain, pain in your back, pain in your back. When you sit down, you have to wait for a while as you stand up because it's causing pain. Especially when you're about to stand up, you feel it even stronger. God is healing you, whoever you are. He looses you from it right now in Jesus's mighty name.
There's someone whose eyes are, it's like your eye is watering all the time, and right now God is healing your eyes in Jesus's wonderful name. Thank you, Father.
And a number of you, you can't sleep at night. I see you waking up numerous times, and right now, in the name of Jesus, the Lord grants you shalom sleep, his beloved sleep, hallelujah. Thank you, Father, in Jesus's wonderful name. Thank you, Father.
Whatever condition it is, start doing what you cannot do before. You couldn't bend your elbow. Bend your elbow. Can't move your neck completely. Move your neck right now in Jesus's name, amen. Cannot move your ankle. Move your ankle right now in Jesus's name. God is restoring health unto you. It's not dependent on what you do. It is God supplying it right now. It's for you to believe and receive in Jesus's name, amen, praise the Lord, amen. Please write to us, amen. If you know you are healed, amen, write to us and let us know what God has done in your life.
Once again, church, I look forward to the day when I can see you physically, amen. It's so wonderful to gather together like the Bible says here in Hebrews 10, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. And meanwhile, let me tell you this: Expect to be blessed, even before things go well outside in the world, amen? As far as you and your household is concerned, surely blessing, he blesses you. Lift up your hands. Stand up to your feet, if you can, and receive this for this coming week.
The Lord bless you with the blessings of father Abraham and the blessings of Deuteronomy 28, even as you are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, and the Lord keep you, preserve and protect you and your loved ones throughout this week from the COVID-19 virus, from every infection, from every disease, from every harm and danger, and from all the power of the evil one through the blood of his Son. The Lord make his face shine on you and be favorable to you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and your families and grant to you and your loved ones his shalom peace, well-being, and wholeness, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen, amen. Jesus Christ is Lord forever.