In the last article we covered how God saves. So now let’s cover how God saves to the “uttermost.” Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” And “uttermost” means absolute, total and to the most extreme imaginable degree. Wow!!
So how does God save to the absolute, total and most extreme imaginable degree? According to Hebrews 7:25, it’s by Jesus ever living to intercede, by pleading the merits of His blood in the presence of God against satan, on behalf of His people. So, as long as His blood has merit and as long as He “ever liveth,” His people have salvation. In other words, it can never lose its merit, for “He is able!” His precious blood can never lose its merit based on any inability in Jesus or because of any of His people’s weaknesses. In fact, He “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20).
Jesus said, “I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them from My Fathers hand” (Jn.10:28-29). So how could anyone ever believe salvation can be lost, when it’s based on Jesus’ merits not ours…..Unless of course ones “faith” is in themselves and what they do, instead of in Jesus and what He’s done?
“Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh” (Gal.3:3)? If we could possibly reach sinless perfection here, then we wouldn’t need to be saved by an act still being performed by the living Savior—His intercession! Paul knew this and confessed that although he had a will to do good, he couldn’t due to the weakness of the flesh. So he made it clear that it’s only because of Jesus continually pleading His blood that believers are able to overcome and be brought safely home (Rom.7:18-19, 8:26-39).
However, God’s people can never boast that He loves them “just the way they are,” for in deep humility and repentance they must admit that God loves them DESPITE who they are. They’re sinners who’ve had the price of their redemption paid in full by Jesus’ blood. And it was an actual payment, not a hypothetical one that’s only applied if we “name it and claim it.” We can’t push Jesus aside, seat ourselves on Gods throne and legalistically “plead the blood” as a formula for protection or deliverance. In fact, Scripture contains no record of phrases like these ever being used by the apostles, prophets or any other believer, because they’re borderline blasphemy.
Jesus pleads His blood for the sheep (Jn10:15) and even said, “I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given Me; for they are Thine” (Jn.17:9). His prayers for His people cannot fail and He keeps their faith from failing (Luke 22:32). Jesus’ blood covers ALL the sins of those He died for (past, present and future), including the sin of unbelief. So that those God has ordained to eternal life are enabled to believe through grace (Acts 13:48, 18:27). All glory goes to God the Father Who arranged salvation, God the Son Who accomplished it, and God the Holy Spirit Who applies it!!
So remember friend, God doesn’t begin the work of salvation and expect us to finish it. The song Amazing Grace doesn’t say, “I’ve kept from losing my salvation thus far,” but it does say, “Twas grace that bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” And if you truly want to sing it in sincerity, you must come “unto Him that is able to keep you from falling”——-for God saves to the uttermost (Jude 24, 25)!!
Sis Lee Anne—–readers with questions or comments are free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org