The former covenant with God’s people — the Law — was a shadow. Christ brings the new covenant, and these chapters of Hebrews spell out how Christ’s sacrifice on the cross atoned for our sins once and for all.
Yet this atoning work of Christ does not mean that we can just act any old way we want to act. We can’t keep on sinning and expect God to be pleased with us. Consider this:
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. 30 For we know the one who said,
“I will take revenge.
I will pay them back.”[h]
He also said,
“The Lord will judge his own people.”[i]
31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Lord, please keep me from sinning! I can’t bear the very thought of trampling on Christ by my actions or my inactions.