Day 78~ Heb 7-9

"Just as people are destined to die once, and after that face judgement, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (9:27)

Did you notice that it says “many”, not “all”.  He died for all (2 Cor. 5:15), but he will only take away the sins of those who chose to accept this gift.  He will not take away the sins of those who don’t. 😳

A friend once asked me if I thought people get another chance to choose Jesus after one dies.
God is love, after all, why wouldn’t he offer that?  A person can “show contempt for the richness of His kindness” (Rom 2:4) their entire life, but a second before they die, they can have a change of heart and chose to take the gift.  After all, we see that example with the thief on the cross (Luke 23:43). 

So, if it is possible to be forgiven of all, a second before one idea, why not a second after one dies?  I get the logic used in this way of thinking, but we can’t base our theology on feelings and what we think God should or would be like.  We have to base our theology on scripture-His Word.
So to answer my friend, I pointed out the above scripture.  We die once…we face judgement. That’s the order.
Also, there are a couple of other verses that can be used in coming to a conclusion on the matter.

“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven  (Matt. 10:33).

“If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” (2 Tim 2:12).

And, Romans 12:16-17 seems to really settle the matter. 😬 We’ll be reading that tomorrow. 


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