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Hebrews 10:15 – 18 finishes a long theological section.  Starting with Hebrews 5:1, the writer has discussed many important topics:  the Eternal High Priesthood of Christ (5:1 – 7:28), The New Covenant (8:1 – 13), the Heavenly Place of Jesus’ Ministry (9:1 – 28) and the finality of Christ’s sacrifice (10:1 – 14).  In 10:15 -18, the writer concludes it.  All of these things are invariably and undeniably true and crucial, and come with the verification and witness of Christ’s Holy Spirit (10:15).

The Holy Spirit enables believers to accept these spiritual truths.  The Bible is foolishness to those who lack regeneration and the Holy Spirit of God.  In one of his early letters, the Apostle Paul wrote: “But a natural man [who lacks regeneration and the Holy Spirit] does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually understood” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Without the salvation of Christ and the regeneration of the Spirit of God, a man, left to his own resources cannot understand, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, his own sinful condition or the Gospel.  He needs God’s spiritual aid to understand these truths.  In 10:15 -18, the writer is affirming that everything he has written has the affirmation of God.

The Holy Spirit bears witness in four aspects.  The first aspect is that the Holy Spirit is the only true witness to God’s spiritual things.  Only the Holy Spirit has the power and ability to reach men’s hearts with the Gospel.  Men may preach the Gospel and deliver the message, but without the Spirit of God, there will be no effect on men’s hearts.  Jesus’ identified the Holy Spirit as the One genuine Teacher of spiritual things when He said: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:2).  Second, the Holy Spirit always works through the Scripture, the unique instrument which the Holy Spirit Himself fashioned to reach men’s hearts.  Although men wrote down the Scripture, its content came from God through the Holy Spirit.  Peter wrote: “no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20 -21).  Third, the Holy Spirit enables men to receive spiritual truth through regeneration, or making him spiritually alive through spiritual rebirth.   Jesus said: “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  The Holy Spirit puts God’s Laws upon men’s hearts and writes them upon men’s minds so they can understand spiritual truth (10:16).  Finally, the Holy Spirit witnesses to the complete removal of sin which is only available through the blood of Christ.  The Holy Spirit’s main task is to testify to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, that in the Gospel, God remembers one’s sins no more (10:18).  The writer closes his teaching section with the witness of the Holy Spirit to emphasize that if his readers reject his writings, they are not saved.

The Bible is all true, and comes with the Holy Spirit’s verification!