There are many people today who dislike any mention of the judgement of God. Perhaps they do not really believe that hell exists. Or perhaps they worry that they might frighten someone. The author of Hebrews clearly did not agree with any opinions like those ones. He believed that he had a duty to warn people.
Click on the Play Button below to Listen to Today’s Scripture
New Testament: Hebrews 9:11-28
Summary: Redemption Through the Blood of Christ
There are many people today who dislike any mention of the judgement of God. Perhaps they do not really believe that hell exists. Or perhaps they worry that they might frighten someone.
The author of Hebrews clearly did not agree with any opinions like those ones. He believed that he had a duty to warn people. Everyone will have to stand in front of God when he is their judge. There will be a punishment for sin (evil deeds). See Revelation 20:11-15.
Sometimes people suffer a punishment for sin during their lives on this earth. In Hebrews 3:16-19, the author wrote about the people that Moses led. Their sin was that they refused to believe God. Because of it, they could not enter the country called Canaan. Instead, the people wandered in the desert until their deaths.
The author taught that punishment after death is much worse than punishments during this life. Sometimes, the punishment was death for people who did not obey Moses’ law. But there will be a much worse punishment for the person who opposes Christ on purpose (Hebrews 10:28-29). See also Hebrews 12:25.
The author’s words to warn people are often severe. But he did not think that he should merely warn. He did not want people to suffer God’s punishment. Instead, he wanted them to know God’s love. So the author constantly reminds us that God can forgive us. This is only so because Jesus died in order to take the punishment for our sin.
But we must not refuse God’s love. Unless a person confesses his sin to God, God will not forgive it. Only the person who invites God into his life, will have a relationship with God. If a person accepts Christ, God’s judgement is against Christ on the cross, instead of that person. But for other people, God’s judgement will be against them after their deaths. And nobody will escape it (Hebrews 2:3).
Jesus voluntarily laid down His life for us. He died not as a martyr or selfless exemplar but as our substitute, taking our penalty for sin. Only He could save us. The cross is not good advice about what we might do; it is the good news of what Christ has already done. It does not proclaim that we are worth saving but that God alone is mighty to save.