And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation (Heb 9:27-28 NKJV).
When reading this scripture, it is evident that Jesus Christ was offered only once and through that, he bore the sins of many. It is therefore imperative to understand that the death of Jesus (the fleshly man) brought about the removal of sin. In other words, it means that if the death of Jesus does not become a reality in your life you will continue to walk in your sin (miss the mark) – even though your state or condition has already been changed from a sinner to a righteous man.
If you already believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sin, why is there still a manifestation of the fruit of sin in your life?
The word salvation is the Greek word sōtēria and has the following meaning: deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation, deliverance from the molestation of enemies; in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the soul’s safety or salvation.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21). According to this scripture, GOD put all the sin of mankind onto the flesh of Jesus and it gave HIM great pleasure (per Isaiah 53:10) to break or destroy the flesh of Jesus. We must therefore let go of the fleshly body of Jesus as it is full of sin. If we keep this body of sin alive it means that we are keeping sin alive, and if we are keeping sin alive it will continue to manifest the fruit of sin in our lives.
When we reflect on Hebrews 9:28 again, it becomes evident that if we are still holding on to the fleshly man called Jesus – who became sin – that we are still in sin. And because of this, the second coming of Christ cannot take effect in our lives as the verse clearly states that for the second coming to happen, you first need to be apart from sin. It is only then that you can start to receive your salvation.
The above-mentioned salvation becomes clear in 1 Peter 1:9, it is the salvation that one receives at the end of one’s faith – the salvation of one’s soul. What is said by this verse is truly beautiful – if you come to the faith that the body of Jesus became sin (2 Cor 5:21) your faith needs to lead to an action (James 2:14) which is to get rid of the body of sin.
If we do not have faith in 2 Corinthians 5:21, it means that we are still holding on to sin, which will keep us from seeing Christ for a second time – apart from sin, for salvation.
Let us therefore be apart from sin (the flesh body of Jesus) in order to see Christ a second time, through the salvation of our souls.