STMA: Without Reference To Sin

Hebrews 9:28 -

So that Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

What does it mean to have salvation without reference to sin?

Hebrews 4:15 tells us that our High Priest, Jesus Christ, is without sin despite having suffered all the temptations of earthly man. He is the one and only perfect person - 100 percent.

Which just means I’m not a perfect person (and neither are you). I could have told you that, though. Each day brings some imperfection of mine back to light. Some ugly sin rears its head and makes itself known. Some inadequacy is proven - and I know in those times how desperate my situation is. From day one of my life it’s been a losing battle… if the FBI had my sin record it’d be several file cabinets full I’m sure, and they’d certainly never let me into eternal life. But nothing in my sin file matters, thankfully, because He is able to make intercession and save us all (Hebrews 7:25).

All that remains is for us to patiently wait and obtain the promise (Hebrews 6:15). Doesn’t mean we do whatever and sin like it doesn’t matter; it means we strive all the more towards the promise. The promise of salvation despite imperfection. The promise of being perfected, as Natalie Grant sings, by a perfect God.

There’s no such thing as perfect people. There’s no such thing as a perfect life. So come as you are, broken and scarred; Lift up your heart and be amazed, And be changed by a perfect God.