Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
- Hebrews 7:25
Hebrews 7:25 tells us three important things about sin:
1) Hebrews 7:25 tells us what we can be sure of when we sin.
In Hebrews 7 the author labors to establish the priesthood of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament Levitical priesthood. Jesus is the perfect priest that offers the perfect sacrifice on the perfect altar with the perfect blood from the perfect lamb. He is better than the old priests. By his active obedience (fulfillment of the law) he can enter into his passive obedience (death on the cross) and atone perfectly for the sin of the world. Therefore, since Jesus is the ultimate priest doing the ultimate priestly work on the cross, he is able to save us.
Christian, when you sin you have to know that Jesus can save you from your sin. He is able. Hebrews 7:25 tells us so. He not only able to save in some cases but to the uttermost – at all times. There is never a time, no matter the sin, when the perfect High Priest cannot save you. It would be against all that Jesus has done and against all that Jesus is to say that any sin is unable to be atoned for. He is able to save.
There is no further qualification in this statement. He is able to save – anyone, anytime, for anything, period. Not because of who you are, but because of who he is.
2) Hebrews 7:25 tells us where we can go when we sin.
Since Jesus is able to save to the uttermost he invites us to go to the only place that we can be saved, that is, to God. This doesn’t make sense. No one this side of heaven wants the nearness of someone who has sinned against them, yet this is exactly what the Holy Spirit is saying God wants from you. You have offended him and in the face of that offense he asks you to draw near to him to find forgiveness.
Christian, when you sin the only truly safe place you can run to is the throne of God. In fact, Jesus is only able to save those who draw near to God through him. When you sin, run to God. You have no reason not to. After all, he is able to save.
3) Hebrews 7:25 tells us that we can be certain God won’t turn us away when we sin.
Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. God can’t turn us away when we come to him in our sin because Jesus lives so that we can come to God with our sin.
Christian, when you sin you can go to God in full confidence that he is able to save you because Jesus died on the cross to pay for all of your sin – no exceptions. When you sin and turn to God in repentance, Jesus stands at the right hand of the Father to show him the nail pierced hands and proclaim that your sin has been atoned for. You are free. You are forgiven. Jesus lives to make it so.