Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.
I. THE GLORIOUS TRUTH DECLARED. "He is able to save to the uttermost."
1. The extent of His atonement.
(1) Infinite in merit.
(2) God has promised to pardon the sins of those who believe in His only begotten Son.
(3) The invitations of Scripture to believe in Christ are universal — without regard to persons.
(4) All men are directly or indirectly commanded to believe in Christ, or encouraged to do so.
(5) The Scriptures evidently assert that unbelief is a sin, and a sin which is threatened with endless punishment.
2. He is able to save to the uttermost as it regards the perfection of the work. The work of salvation by Christ will be perfect in the highest degree. And this will appear more glorious when you consider the lengths to which some have gone in a sinful course towards misery before they were arrested by the poser of sovereign grace.
3. He saves to the uttermost as it regards the duration of the work. And this may be considered in two respects.
(1) As it regards the work in this world. To the progress of Divine grace in the heart, there is often much opposition made by temptations, trials, and the remaining corruptions of a sinful heart of unbelief: but through all, Jesus Christ, as our faithful High Priest, is engaged to carry on the work to perfection, even in the weakest and the humblest of His people.
(2) His saving to the uttermost, with regard to the duration of it, may be considered in reference to the world that is to come. This salvation will be eternal.
II. THE MANNER WHICH THIS SALVATION IS OBTAINED. "Them that come unto God by Him."
1. Christ as a Mediator is the only way of worship.
2. This implies faith in Him as our great High Priest, whereby we become interested in His saving power Faith in Him enables the believer to feel and say (Hebrews 10:19-22). As He is the Legislator of the New Testament dispensation, as well as the only Priest, we must worship God in the way of His appointment. We are to come unto the Father in His name, seeking the influence of the Holy Spirit to help our infirmities. We must also come with affiance in His mediatorial office, as to the acceptance of every act of worship and obedience. Without this simple reliance and humble confidence we can have no saving interest in the blessings of redemption through Him (John 15:6).
3. This will enable us to judge whether we are among the number of those who are saved through Him. If we are, we know what it is to plead His all-sufficient atonement before the mercy-seat as the only ground of our acceptance with God.
III. The REASON which the apostle assigns in confirmation of this truth: "Seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us." This shows us —
1. That the mediatorial work of Christ, while on earth, was accepted of God.
2. He lives to carry on the work of redemption. Though exalted at the right hand of the Majesty on high, yet He remembers His people below, and makes intercession for them above.
(N. M. Harry.)
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