Jesus Is Coming In The Future, but Not to Make Anymore Sacrifice for Sins
When Hebrews 9:28 tells us that Christ “appears a second time not to deal with sin,” this is not a denial of a future judgment after death for the non-elect. The triune God will deal with the sin of the non-elect.
The point of Hebrews 9:28 is that the sins of the elect have already been dealt with once at the cross. This was not a provisional dealing with, the efficacy of which is yet to be determined by the sinner’s attitude. Instead, the elect sinner’s attitude to the gospel is a result and not a condition of Christ’s past dealing with sin.
The elect eagerly wait for the true Christ (not for the “loves-everybody false jesus”) but it is not this discernment and eagerness which make one sinner to differ from another. God’s election in Christ made that difference.
The parallel of Hebrews 9:27-28 depends on one time dealing with sins in the past. The parallel is ignored by those who say that Christ was given for everybody and that sins now are dealt with by the application to some of what was done for all.
It is appointed for man to die once. Even though the non-elect will die the second death, even the elect die once. Even though Christ will come a second time, Christ only died once and will never die again. Romans 6:9–“We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died to sin, once…”
Since Christ died only for the elect alone, the elect alone will only die once. After the non-elect man dies once, there is a judgment, and then the non-elect man dies twice. The non-elect man dies twice because he is a sinner. But the elect man is also a sinner, and does not die twice, and the only reason for the difference is Christ having died for that elect sinner.
I know I am repeating what is very simple. But anything more complicated tends to bring in some other factor than Christ’s death as the difference between saved and lost. Even though what I am saying is so simple, very few people are saying it. Even though they talk about election, they tend to talk about Christ’s death without talking about election.