“Of how much worse punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and esteemed the blood of the covenant, whereby he has been sanctified, common, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”
What is insulting to the Spirit of grace? How do I fail to show esteem to the blood of the covenant? How do I trod the Son of God under my feet? How do I call my salvation, my sanctification ‘common?’
Likely numerous answers to those questions exist — which is rather odd considering we each have the same Holy Spirit dwelling within. I know some believe it is our sins which insult the Spirit of grace, trod the Lord God under our feet, and call common our great salvation. I think it’s adding to the gospel.
Jesus calls the Pharisees and scribes a “brood of vipers” — persons who make it impossible for people to follow God by loading heavy burdens upon them. Paul complains of the legalistic Jewish Christians who demand from others — circumcision, refraining from certain foods, and celebrating certain days — to follow Jesus.
The disciples are bewildered when Jesus tells the rich young man who obeys all the rules and regulations, but refuses to give his all and follow after the Lord, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They ask Jesus, “Then who can be saved?” And Jesus, as always, gives them the perfect and only answer, “With men, this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.”