Thursday, 28 May 2020 Hebrews 7:1-28
“Therefore He [Christ] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” -Hebrews 7:25
The ability of our Lord Jesus Christ to save at all times and in all circumstances is the mainstay of the faith of God's people. A Saviour who never fails and is able to save in the most desperate situation is an essential truth for all who seek to live for the glory of God. This glorious declaration of His power to save to the uttermost is made for our comfort, and for the strengthening of our faith.
We are living in days when the world outlook itself is gloomy and fear might well grip the heart, even of the believer. In such circumstances, how can one endure to the end and be joyful in the midst of one’s tribulations?—Only by an experience of His saving power accessed on the basis of faith in His ever-present ability to make His salvation a great reality. Faith asserts itself while facing extreme difficulty and human impossibility by declaring: "He ever lives! He is able to save to the uttermost!"
The comfort and strength-giving power of this declaration of the unceasing ability of the Lord to minister uttermost salvation starts with "Therefore." That is linked with verse 24: "But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.” This was written to Hebrew believers- brought up in the old Mosaic order, with its outward and visible worship, its sacrifices and priesthood, laws and regulations. All this was passing away before their eyes and they had not yet become fully alive to the inward spiritual character of that into which they had entered, as they got out of Judaism into the Christian Church. Hence the Holy Spirit was seeking to demonstrate to them the immense superiority of Christ the SAVIOUR, in every aspect of His person and work, as contrasted with the old order of things and the leaders they held in reverence. There is now a better hope, a better testament, better promises, better sacrifices, a better resurrection, a better country.
It is His ceaseless and untiring ministry in "the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man" (Heb.8:2), that is the ground of His people's sure confidence and boldness. "He ever lives to make intercession."(Heb.7:25). His ministry is a twofold one: on the one hand, He maintains us before God by the virtue of all that He is in Himself, and by the value of His atoning sacrifice; on the other hand, He mediates to us of His fullness continually, so that as we ‘draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, we find grace to help in every time of need.' (Heb.4:16)
Thus we are able to constantly experience His ability to save to the uttermost. There is no reason why we should be fearful in any circumstance, or despair in any situation of extreme and desperate need. If we are conscious of the uttermost need, He is presented to us as an uttermost Saviour, on the basis of God's immutable oath. He is our Redeemer, Saviour, High Priest, and Sovereign Lord. We have such a High Priest!
Let us always rejoice in what Christ is in Himself, where He is in His Sovereign Lordship, and what He is doing in that tireless ministry on our behalf in the very presence of God. He is the Saviour mighty to Save!
A Prayer: “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need……” (Colossians 1:11 NLT)
Listen: ‘Mighty to Save’