God has poured all that He is and can do into uttermost salvation. It is the full measure of the I AM made freely available through Christ, if we will only adjust our hearts and minds to seek the limitless, immeasurable vastness of an eternal power to save.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
As I pondered the word ‘uttermost’ in today’s verse, I found it a real challenge. So off I trotted to the dictionary: of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, etc.; greatest; being at the farthest point or extremity; farthest; the greatest degree or amount; the most or best of one’s abilities, powers, etc.; the extreme limit or extent. These all suggest something beyond our full comprehension, something way bigger, more radical or extreme or vast than we can effectively define in human understanding. This truth became even more apparent as I looked for images to capture what was in my spirit. The closest I could come was to define uttermost as eternity – limitless, without end, and immeasurable. For me, perhaps the universe can begin to define what is essentially the I AM of God, but even that is hopelessly complete. Yet it’s important that we understand uttermost salvation.
But the challenge remains – how do we properly define what, by its very nature, is indefinable? I felt the Spirit saying that this apparent conundrum is the real message in today’s verse. As a starting point, we can perhaps ‘define’ uttermost salvation as being ‘saved into eternity.’
Uttermost salvation is Christ.
It helps to consider the nature and purpose of Jesus, and to approach the principle of uttermost salvation ‘backwards,’ i.e. from where He is now. Our verse today tells us that He always lives to make intercession. This is a beautiful and fortifying truth as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling. It’s tremendously encouraging to know that our risen Saviour continues the work of the cross on our behalf. We have a representative who, in essence, is the mercy seat reminding God of His blood and broken body. But an even more wonderful truth is that this is an eternal role. Jesus did not become an intercessor after His death and resurrection. His eternal existence is as our intercessor. The Bible tells us that He is a priest after the order of Melchizedek. This is an eternal priesthood. It has no beginning or end.
Eternity is just that – it has no beginning or end. Jesus existed with God before what we call the ‘beginning’ or the creation. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. From the very foundation of the world, He existed as our intercessor. He agreed to set aside His majesty and come to earth to save mankind. That’s intercession – He agreed to take our place. The work of the cross is intercession. Jesus fully identified with us so we could fully identify with Him. We see His intercessory role in the resurrection, where He rose so we could rise in Him. Finally, He lives out this eternal role in eternity. The difference now is that we already have uttermost salvation. The work is finished, perfectly and completely. What remains is for Him to establish that salvation in our lives, which He does through intercession each time we fall.
The eternal nature of uttermost salvation.
This is a wonderfully powerful truth. Uttermost salvation is eternal. This doesn’t simply mean that we are saved into an eternity with God. That’s part of it, and it’s something every believer can take hold of in faith. But it’s also eternal in the sense that it’s ongoing. We cannot ‘run out’ – ever. We both have been saved and are continually being saved. It’s an ongoing manifestation of God’s grace and mercy. It’s impossible for mortal human beings to either fully comprehend or manifest the full ‘package’ of salvation. Jesus is the manifestation of the Father, who is the I AM – limitless, immeasurable, and without end. Salvation is so vast that it will take our entire lives to explore, understand, believe, and appropriate everything it provides. Our Christian journey is one that teaches us and enables us to receive and live out the eternal promises of God in Christ.
Practically, this means that Jesus continues to intercede. It’s beautiful proof of God’s unending love. He knows we won’t get it right overnight – or ever – in our human limitations. We’ll stumble, fall, make mistakes, or do and say things to disappoint Him. The truth that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus is our proof of uttermost salvation. No matter what we say or do, or don’t say or do, our salvation in Him is freely available. As we confess and repent, as we draw near to Him with humble and contrite hearts, He is quick to intercede for us. His work will never stop. There, seated at the right hand of God, He continues what He agreed to at the ‘beginning’ and which He perfected through the cross. No sin, great or small, no weakness or failure or lack is every beyond the reach and power of uttermost salvation.
The I AM and uttermost salvation.
I love how God is able to say much even when it seems He isn’t saying enough. Defining Himself to Moses is one of those powerful statements. He doesn’t say exactly ‘what’ He is because that would limit Him. Instead, He gives us ‘I AM’ to define the limitless nature, holiness, glory, power, majesty, and capacity to fulfil every need. This is another way in which we can look at uttermost salvation. It’s the full measure, capacity, and power of God which we can neither explain nor fully understand. Through Christ, God has poured out the full measure of all He is and can do. There is no human inability or need that cannot be met in Christ. All things are possible. Nothing is impossible. In Jesus, God makes the ‘without end’ of all He is freely and fully available without restriction – to the uttermost of everything.
The practical application of this is powerful. It helps our understanding to remember the all the promises of God are ‘yea and amen’ in Christ. This means that Jesus is the fulfilment of each and every one of those promises in our lives. For a clearer idea of the magnitude of this, we can simply look at the various names and covenant names that God reveals through the Bible. Names like Jehovah Jireh or Jehovah Rapha are usually the first that come to mind – our provider and our healer. All of these are included in and fulfilled through the cross. And this is just the beginning. Uttermost salvation, then, is the fulfilment of all the promises of God through Christ, covering every possible need. The I AM of God leaves nothing out. It leaves nothing incomplete. Every single detail of our lives is taken care of.
Taking hold of uttermost salvation.
I’ve used the analogy before of salvation as a ‘goodie bag,’ one which contains all we will ever need but which has to be unpacked for us to enjoy the gifts inside. Most of the time, we’re content to haul out what we need at any given moment and unwrap it because we need it. We don’t live in the full awareness of uttermost salvation – salvation beyond the limits of our imagination or understanding. This isn’t necessarily ‘wrong’ because our finite comprehension and human ability means we’re limited in what we can absorb and assimilate at any given time. Thankfully, God doesn’t withdraw His gifts and promises if we haven’t appropriated them within a certain time. They’re eternal so will be there forever. But He does desire that we live in the full measure of His abundance – all His promises, not some.
How different our lives would be if we could expand our faith to explore the full truth of the I AM and apply His principles beforehand instead of in our hour of need. Resurrection life in Jesus is so much more than what we live in reality. This is our challenge – to begin to live uttermost salvation and so reveal the I AM as Jesus did, perfectly and completely.
We are humbled, Lord, when we consider the vastness of the I AM. Thank You that You made all this freely available to Jesus. Turn our hearts and minds to see the fullness of You, not simply for our own sakes but so that You may be manifest in all Your glory to the nations.