What does "blood wherewith he was sanctified" mean in Hebrew 10:29

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  1. Former Member Amorphous

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    One interpretation is that they were unbelievers sanctified as the Israelite unbelievers which were protected by the lambs blood on the door and set apart, yet they didn't see the promised land because of unbelief.
    http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/questions/sanctified.htm

    Another seems to be saying that they are sanctified believers who don't go to hell, but face some other type of terrible judgement.

    And of course this verse is used to say that you can lose salvation.

    What is the proper interpretation?


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  2. JonC

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    I believe that Hebrews was written to a distinctly Jewish congregation with many caught up between the transition between Judaism, Jewish tradition, the Hebrew religion and what was fulfilled in Christ (caught between Judaism and Christianity).

    So my interpretation of the passage is one of the author urging his audience not to abandon the faith that has been presented to them (Christianity) and return to what could only amount to a dead religion (a return to Judaism, or a return to anticipating what had already arrived). I believe this parallels Israel looking back to Egypt when their deliverance was at hand.

    My interpretation does depend on the author of Hebrews intending the sermon to be towards a Hebrew people.
     
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    Hebrews 10:29. 'Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which He was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace.'
    'Son of God' is the nearest antecedent, and it is He who was set apart in the covenant of grace (John 17:19; cf. Hebrews 13:20) to shed His blood on behalf of sinners.

    This is the view of such august commentators as John Owen and A.W. Pink. IMO, it is the only sensible interpretation.
     
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    How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? (NASB)

    This verse has been kicked around - usually in circles - many times. One difficulty is there is no consensus as to the meaning of "sanctified." If the one deserving punishment was "made holy" as many translations have it, then we on the OSAS side of the divide have a problem. So, of course, it does not mean that. It means set apart. Instead of being under no covenant, or the old covenant, Christ bought mankind, resulting in mankind being set under the New Covenant. Thus each and every person has been bought and set under the New Covenant in His blood.

    If someone never was exposed to the gospel, they will face punishment for their deeds in the afterlife, but if someone was afforded the opportunity for salvation, and rejected it - trampling underfoot the Son of God - he or she will face more severe punishment because of the additional sin of rejecting Christ.

    This view is consistent with all scripture.
     
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    As Hebrews, they were being encouraged to "press on" toward the goal of the National Repentance of Israel through Yeshua Messiah. In this context, this was not a message TO the Gentile believers in the Roman Empire, nor is it today. It will be very important for Messianic believers during the Tribulation.
     
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    That's the way I see it. That 'terrible judgement' would be the wrath that came upon that very generation of Jews at the last days of the old covenant.
     

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