And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:15-18 ESV
When we are saved and forgiven, God delivers us out of slavery to sin and condemnation and into this special relationship, this new state of being where we grant God access to our hearts and minds. We submit both to Him, and He transforms our thoughts, desires, and characters. The two go hand in hand. This is the saving covenant relationship with God that we enter into when we accept Him as Redeemer and Lord.
The verse that says there is no longer sacrifice for sins is both thrilling and chilling: thrilling, because we can know that Christ’s sacrifice for us is completely, absolutely effective – chilling because as vs 26 and 27 clarify, if we go back to a sinful way of life after we come into covenantal relationship with God in Christ, there will be nothing left for us except a fearful expectation of judgment without Christ’s covering over us. The outcome of that judgment would be our eternal loss.
What is God’s Spirit saying to you through this text?