Digging Deeper – November 6, 2018
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
“Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost”
Hebrews 7:25 ESV
JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE COMPLETELY
Someone once quipped, “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of chips and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”
The author of Hebrews taught that Jesus will finish what He has started. The Old Testament sacrficial system was able to point us toward our need for salvation but was not able to finish the job. Hebrews 7:25 teaches Jesus is able to save us to the “uttermost.” The evangelist Billy Sunday had a great sermon, where he talked about how God saved him from the gutter-most to the uttermost, because he was a gutter-drunk when God saved him.
The meanings for this Greek phrase “uttermost” are twofold. “Uttermost” can mean completely or forever. The context of the passage allows both ideas to be true. Jesus can save us from anything but the writer’s point is that Jesus saves us to a complete and forever salvation. The old testament sacrifices partially and temporarily covered sin, but they did not even partially or temporarily remove sin. But Jesus Christ is able to completely and permanently remove sin and offer eternal salvation.
Paul encouraged the church in Philippians 1:6 by writing, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Be encouraged today knowing that God is going to finish what He has started in you. And also be encouraged knowing God will give you everything you need today. We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” Tell God what you think you need today and ask Him how He wants to provide it or get you through it.