Uttermost

Published on Mar 20th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”  Heb 7:25.

 

One of the things that you learn in counseling is to try and teach people that they should never say never (or always etc.)  The point is that I it might be a slight exaggeration to say your spouse never stops and thinks about you.  Those kinds of statements do not lead to healthy discussions but tend to destroy communication.  Having learned that truth I find that my radar is always open to hearing those words.  God uses those kinds of words a lot in the Word of God.  When God uses those kinds of words we can count on them to be truthful and designed to overwhelm our hearts because only God can speak the truth about words like never, always, all, etc.  Notice in Heb. 7:25 that Jesus always lives to make intercession for us.  This verse is found in a passage that speaks of how all the other priests were human and had limitations but Jesus, being God and our High Priest, never dies and will always live to make intercession for us.  Very comforting.

 

The other word that caught my eye was uttermost.  I must admit that it is not a word that I use that often (probably never but I am trying to stay away from those kinds of words).  It is, in this context, a very encouraging word.  Due to the fact that Jesus was not like the other priests he is able to always live to make intercession for us and he is able to save to the uttermost.  The other priests could pray for the people or make sacrifices for the other people but only Jesus is able to save.  Not only save but save to the uttermost.

 

What does “save to the uttermost” mean?  Let me give you three ideas.

 

1)  Forever.  Jesus is able to save forever.  All of the other priests were bound by death and could only intercede until their death.  Jesus was not bound by the grave and therefore is able to save forever. This is loaded with meaning.  It reminds us that being saved is not a singular, past action.  It is a point in time action where there was a moment when you were not saved and then there was a moment when you were saved.  That point in time action was just the beginning.  It began the process of being saved. It does not mean that you are partially saved but that it is a continuing action.  Jesus continues that action forever.

 

2)  Completely.  Remember Jesus’ words on the cross?  “It is finished”.  Jesus completely saves.  The other priests offered a temporary solution to sin.  Jesus offers a completed salvation.  I also like the idea that I am completely saved.  Although it is a continuing process as he brings me home it is also a completed process.  All of me has been cleansed and changed and renewed.  I am saved to the uttermost.

 

3)  All time.  As priests died, new priests took their place.  No one will ever take Jesus’ place.  He is our High Priest for all time.  He is also the High Priest for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He is my High Priest. He is the next generation’s High Priest.  He is High Priest for all time.

 

As you think about these things I challenge you to not think about how these truths effect your today (although they greatly do) or how they affect your tomorrow (although they do…to the uttermost), but think about how they lead you into worship and praise of who Jesus is.  Allow even this short time of reading this little blog to be a time of praise and honor to the one who is able to save us to the uttermost.

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