Daily Devotional: Day 145
“Therefore He [Jesus, our High Priest] 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, NKJV).
The state of your salvation depends on the state of the priest who represents you. If your priest is limited, so is your salvation. If your priest dies, his priestly office dies with him, and your salvation becomes questionable. Your salvation stands or falls based on the condition of your priest. If your priest cannot save himself, he cannot save you, either. But not so with Jesus. He is able to save you utterly, with no margin of error.
The Lord provided a priesthood in the Old Covenant to make daily sacrifices for the purification of the people. Every priest eventually died and was replaced. Therefore, you could call that priestly system the ‘Replacement Priesthood,’ because every priest needed to be replaced at some point. Even today, those who claim to exercise a priestly office on behalf of people need replacement, because they die or they retire at some point. It is yet another form of replacement priesthood; only this time it is a false and dangerous system, because it is advertised as the true priesthood of Christ when in fact it is not, and can never be.
Jesus, the true High Priest, needs no replacement because He never dies; He never goes on vacation, and He never retires; He lives always to make intercession for us; hence His priestly office on our behalf is a sure foundation for our salvation. This is the context for today’s Scripture reading.
The Bible says Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to make intercession for them. No priest of the Old Testament could save anyone to the uttermost; neither can any human priest do that today. Additionally, no other priest had, or now has, the ability to always make intercession for the people he represents.
Notice also that the Bible identifies a specific class of people whom Jesus saves to the uttermost. They are those, and only those, who come to God through Jesus Christ. This means if you come to God through someone else, you cannot count on being saved, let alone be saved to the uttermost. As the Holy Spirit testifies, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, emphasis added).
To conclude today’s message, let’s briefly touch on the word “uttermost.” It is from the Greek word panteles. It means utter completeness. The word occurs twice in the New Testament: Luke 13:11 and Hebrews 7:25. In Luke, it is used to describe the condition of the woman who could not straighten up; the point being that satan had bound her completely, thereby rendering her utterly incapable of stretching straight.
Likewise, when the Bible says Jesus can save you to the uttermost, it means Jesus is able to save you to the fullest extent of salvation imaginable. It is an utterly complete salvation which leaves no room for error. This is the basis for a Christian’s confidence regarding salvation and eternal life. Jesus’ unfailing priestly office in our behalf is the firm ground on which our salvation stands.
Go to God through Jesus, and He shall save you to the uttermost.
May the favor of the Lord be upon you and your family today! Amen.
For further study: John 10:27-30