How is the law of God “written” on the hearts and minds of the New Covenant people?
By the ministration of the Spirit, and the sanctifying power of the truth. (2 Cor. 3 : 3, 8, 9, 18; John 17: 17.) As the consecrated believer in the “one offering” submits to these influences, he realises himself rising to
“walk in newness of life.”
“with open face, beholds as in a glass, the glory of the Lord,”
he realises himself being
“changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
So has God provided for all the necessities of every case coming under the New Covenant in Jesus’ blood, everything but absolute wilfulness after full enlightenment being forgiveable.
But the absolutely wilful one has no sacrifice offered for his wilful sin, whether it be crucifying the Son of God afresh, as’ represented in the Mass, or counting the blood of the Covenant, the “one offering,” a common thing, to be shared by a number along with Jesus, or whether it be a grievous misrepresentation of the Holy Spirit, in attributing good works to an evil power, as did the Scribes and Pharisees. (Matt. 12: 23-37; Heb. 6: 4-8; 10: 26-31.)
The Lord alone is competent to judge how much wilfulness is associated with the transgression; and He alone can say whether few stripes, many stripes, or destruction in the second Death would be the appropriate punishment. No doubt, in His love and mercy, He would administer “few stripes” at the first; if these did not suffice to warn the transgressor, “many stripes” would follow; if still obstinate in wilfulness and perversion of the truth, even after all the loving discipline of the Lord,
“that which beareth thorns and briars is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”
” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” — Heb. 6: 8; 10:31.
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