Reader Laymond followed up with a pertinent comment.
I believe the Hebrew writer gives a different conclusion for those who ask forgiveness, and continue to intentionally do the very thing they asked God to forgive them for.
I agree. Those who sin in reliance on grace are likely to find none. Grace is for those who repent and not a loophole to allow intentional sin. The key, as noted in my recent comments, is to understand what the “sin” is.
The questions posed to me were regarding people long ago divorced and remarried who now see the error of their former ways and now wish to be faithful to their present spouses. God smiles on anyone who wishes to clean up his act and move forward in penitence.
We sometimes so contort the scriptures that we make divorce less forgivable than murder. A youth minister once said to me, “Better to kill your wife than to divorce her. At least you can be forgiven of murder.” He was kidding … kind of.
Breaking the covenant of marriage is sin — but like all sin other than blasphemy against the Spirit, it can be forgiven. And it doesn’t require that we put away a wife of 20 years and leave children victims of a broken marriage. The goal is to go from chaos to shalom, not from shalom to chaos.