For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27).

The Greek word ouketi carries a clear and sobering sense of finality. For this reason, it is translated: “no longer”, “not again”, “not anymore”, and “no further”.

Its usage in various New Testament passages provides a greater depth of understanding.

  • In marriage: “So then, they are no longer (ouketi) two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6).

  • “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more (ouketi)” (John 6:66).

  • Because of the real and grave physical danger Jesus was in: “Therefore Jesus no longer (ouketi) walked openly among the Jews but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples” (John 11:54).

  • Paul describing his conversion: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer (ouketi) I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).

  • The blessings enjoyed by Gentiles in Christ: “Now, therefore, you are no longer (ouketi) strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

Contrary to the proclamations and implications of many, there is only one divine plan for humanity’s salvation today. There is no Plan B. Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6).

Everyone who rejects God’s plan will be devoured by the fiery indignation of God’s wrath.

Everyone who embraces Christ in obedience to the gospel but then turns away from the path of righteousness no longer (ouketi) has a sacrifice for their sins; they too will be devoured by the fiery indignation of God’s wrath.

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