From Sanctified To Enemies of God

Dan Corner


There are many ways to disprove the teaching of eternal security. The following passage is one of many which does this:

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb 10:26-31)
Most importantly, notice that the passage is about those who were once sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Once when sharing this devastating passage with an eternal security proponent, he said to me that it wasn't the blood of Jesus but the blood of bulls and goats that sanctified them! That statement is erroneous in two ways: (1) The contrast in Heb. 10:26-31 is between the law of Moses and the new covenant. Hence, Jesus' blood is the means whereby the people are sanctified, and not the blood of bulls and goats. (2) Scripture is very clear in stating Jesus' blood sanctifies:
Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate (Heb 13:12, NASB).
(The same Greek word for sanctify is used at Heb. 10:29 and Heb. 13:12.) Also, notice that the same ones who were sanctified [past tense] also trampled the Son of God under foot. This again shows we are not talking about the old covenant but the new. These same people became enemies of God from their former condition of being sanctified and that was because of sin. Clearly, their future sins were not forgiven even before they were committed like some say, neither were they viewed by God as the righteousness of Christ when in these sins! Moreover, neither the seal of the Holy Spirit, nor anything else offered as unconditional protection by the eternal security advocate prevented this horrible spiritual reversal. Furthermore, those who were once sanctified by Jesus' blood were now headed for raging fire. There was no eternal security for them and there is no eternal security for us. The sooner we accept this fact, the sooner we can walk in a more guarded manner in this world which has claimed many spiritual casualties among those who were once truly God's children.


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