“Not To Deal With Sin A Second Time” (Hebrews 9: 22, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Under the first covenant, God forgives sins through the shedding of the blood of bulls, goats, lambs. Everything “used in worship” is “sprinkled with the blood” of these animals. Even this first covenant “is inaugurated” with blood. This sacrificial animal blood is able to “sanctify for the purification of the flesh,” according to the author of Hebrews.

Since the blood of animals is able to accomplish such a feat, albeit temporarily; then “how much more is the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offers Himself without blemish to God, able to purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9: 13, 14)

Christ “enters…heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor is it to offer Himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then He would have to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 9: 24 – 26)

Christ sacrifice is once for all — a done deal — the new covenant which God makes with Abraham and his descendants.

“Christ is to appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9: 28)

7 thoughts on ““Not To Deal With Sin A Second Time” (Hebrews 9: 22, ESV) by Carley Evans

    1. That is the question, isn’t it?

      Will God — once He brings all things under the one head, that is Christ — save everyone?

      I’ve spoken to some who actually believe EVERYONE will eventually be saved.

      Of course, that idea seems to contradict the entire idea of a Hell, a place of eternal separation from God.

      What do you think?

  1. I do not see scripture teaching everyone will be saved. The question I was asking is, when is salvation? Is it at the altar? But how can it be when we have not endured to the end?
    You quoted Hebrews 9:28 which gives the purpose of Christ’s first coming, to redeem man from sin, then it states the purpose of His second coming, to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
    Then you have this verse,
    (1 Pet 1:9 KJV) Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
    I have noticed other scriptures like this. Have you?

  2. I believe the Word teaches us that we are saved “at the altar” when the Holy Spirit enters our hearts at our invitation and changes us from the inside out. Then we are slowly sanctified through our relatively short lives here on the earth; finally we receive the “salvation” of our souls — we are finally freed from our mortality and glorified with new bodies like Christ’s. We then live with Him in eternity outside time and space as we know it here. Therefore I think we are saved, sanctified, glorified.

    Thanks!

  3. Yes, I believe we have “eternal life” from the moment we accept the gift of “eternal life” from God our Father through Jesus Christ His Son via the power of the Holy Spirit.

  4. I did a post today about snake oil salesmen where I deal with false doctrine in the church. In it I mentioned this very topic. You say you have eternal life. But what did Jesus say about this? Does Jesus agree with your theology?

    (Mark 10:29-30 NIV) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.

    Since Jesus said, and the record is true, that our eternal life is in the age to come, does He agree with your doctrine? He separated out this present age from the age to come if you read the text.

    I am not trying to throw you into confusion, but I want to show you The Gospel According to the Gospel.

    Is this ok?

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