"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25).
The "he," of course, is Jesus; our one Savior and only mediator between God and man.
But what does it mean that He is able to save us "to the uttermost?"
I'll tell you what it does NOT mean.
It does NOT mean Jesus is always interceding for us to make sure we do end up going to Heaven after all, as if the trials and temptations of this life could somehow derail the train that we boarded that day we believed the Gospel of Christ and "got saved."
CAN'T possibly mean that, because Heaven became ours for certain the very moment we placed our trust in Christ (Romans 3:24-28; 4:3-5)! At that eternally significant moment, we received, irreversibly and irrevocably, a complete package of forgiveness of ALL sins (Colossians 2:13), the FREE gift of Eternal Life (John 3:16; 10:27), new birth into "the creation of God" (John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 3:14), and Heaven as our guaranteed, permanent place of residence (John 14:1-3; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3;1-4).
The blood Jesus shed at Calvary 2,000 years ago was more than enough to absolutely ensure an eternal entrance into Heaven for every single individual who believes the Gospel and receives Him as Saviour (John 1:12; I John 2:2; Hebrews 9:11-28). That blood was/is Heaven's "paid in full" that NEVER needs to be paid again. Because when GOD purchased my eternal redemption with the blood shed by His Beloved Son "once for all," it was purchased one time, forever (Ecclesiastes 3:14).
In fact, our future in Heaven is, from that very moment, SO absolutely certain, that God can say with authority every single man, woman or child that He justifies is, from that eternally significant moment on, ALREADY GLORIFIED (you can and should check for yourself the Holy Spirit's intentional use of the past tense in Romans 8:29-30. See also Hebrews 10:10-14; John 10:27-28; Romans 8:28-39; 11:29; Ephesians 4:30).
If you've placed your trust in Christ ALONE and are "justified;" my friend, you have already reached your destination in the eyes of God, your Savior.
Ain't nothin’ can derail that train.
So, again, what DOES it mean that "He is able to save them "TO THE UTTERMOST?"
I guess that might be pretty important to find out, wouldn't you say?
I mean, if God is telling me (a someone already eternally saved) in His wonderful Word that His Son is “ABLE to save to the uttermost those that come unto God by Him,” it seems that being "saved to the uttermost;" must be something I still need; that it is imperative, and not just a nice option, that I DO "come unto God by Him," AS HIS OWN BLOOD-BOUGHT CHILD; as a true believer ALREADY ETERNALLY "SAVED" and irreversibly Heaven bound, yes?
Sorry for the theological cliffhanger, but I'm afraid I have to leave that for the NEXT POST.