The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 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 is the heart of the entire book of Hebrews. There is not greater point that the author wishes to make. This is the climax, the supreme word from God to these people through this author. It is the highest peak in the mountain range of Hebrews.
“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.”
We need a high priest like this – an enduring priest. The Levitical priests could not accomplish the deepest desire of God for his people. We need a high priest who is radiantly holy and completely innocent and eternally effective to bring us to be with the Father. Jesus is the perfect priest.
“He is able to save to the uttermost.” Another translation for “uttermost” is “at all times.” It an expansive word. The more our need, the more Christ’s ability to save. There is not a time, not a season or second of your life that Jesus is not able to save you. His power to save is limitless. The grace of God in Christ extends further than you can imagine to the deepest, most outrageous sin that you have ever committed. Never believe the lie that you are beyond saving. Satan brings guilt to the uttermost. Jesus saves to the uttermost. He will save the unsaveable.
“Those who draw near to God through him.” One of the key responsibilities of a priest is atoning for the sins of the people to bring them back into right relationship to God the Father. Jesus does this perfectly. We go to God through the person of Jesus Christ. He is our merit. He is our entry fee. He is the one who brings us into God’s glory.
“He always lives to make intercession for them.” Jesus is alive in heaven at the right hand of the majesty on high. His purpose is to pray for you. I remember someone asking the question, “What would you do if you knew Jesus was in the next room praying for you?” Hebrews 7:25 tells us Jesus is in the next room praying for you. Your sin – past, present, and future – is covered because there is a high priest in heaven praying for you. And he will never leave. There’s never a moment when you want to come to God that he will not be there to receive you because of Christ. Jesus’ priesthood is always successful.
John Bunyan said,
“Many there be that begin with grace, and end with works, and think that this is the only way…But to be saved and brought to glory, to be carried through this dangerous world, from my first moving after Christ, until I set my foot within the gates of paradise, this is the work of my mediator, of my high priest and intercessor. It is he that fetches us again when we are run away; it is he that lifts us up when the devil and sin have thrown us down; it is he that quickens us when we grow cold; it is he that comforts us when we despair; it is he that obtains fresh pardon when we have contracted sin; and he that purges our consciences when they are loaded with guilt…We are saved by Christ; brought to glory by Christ; and all our works are no otherways made acceptable to God, but by the person and personal excellences and works of Christ.”