“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28
Interpretation is all about Context! Context! Context! We cannot just take one verse and build a theology around it without determining what it means in its context. What does it mean that Jesus will not deal with sin at His second coming? Do not other scriptures that He will judge people for their sin? What does this verse mean? Lets look at the context.
The author of Hebrews is proving that Jesus is a better King, priest, and mediator of the new covenant. The surrounding verses show that the ceremonies and the temple practices of the Old Testament were just the copies of the heavenly realities. The priests were not sinless so they had to make sacrifices for them selves and the sacrifices were of lambs, not their own bodies. They also had to do this continually. Jesus once for all paid for the sin of His people on the cross so there is no need for further sacrifice. When he comes again He will not have to pay for his people’s sin again but save them from this sinful world. This passage does not say how He is going to save us from the world, but other passages show that he is going to save us by judging the world for its sin and casting the ungodly, sin, Satan, and death into the lake of fire.
What are some points of application for this passage?
- Jesus does not have to continually pay for our sin by being re-sacrificed. Therefore the Mass where they believe Jesus is sacrificed again for their sin is gross and wrong.
- Jesus is coming back to save His people from this sinful world. We can reject any end times theology that denies this.
- Jesus’ sacrifice will keep us saved to the end. We cannot lose our salvation because Jesus has dealt with our sin.
When we read the Bible in its context, we can be sure of the salvation of Jesus Christ. We can be sure of His second coming and we can eagerly long for our salvation from this world. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
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