To The Uttermost

Here’s a great mini commentary on Hebrews 7:25 (…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).  It’s by John Newton from a letter written on July 9, 1767.

“An awful cause we had to manage in the court of heaven; and, when we expected to be asked what we could say, in order that judgment should not be given and executed speedily against us, we were speechless and without plea. We could not deny the fact [that we were guilty] or offer the least amends. We could neither stand nor flee.”

“But since Jesus has been pleased to take our affairs in hand, how are appearances changed! The law is fulfilled, justice satisfied, and heaven opened to those who were upon the brink of despair and destruction.  And Jesus did not plead for us once only, but he ‘ever lives to make intercession for us.’ Let us then take courage.”

“That word ‘uttermost’ (Heb. 7:25) includes all that can be said. Take an estimate of all our sins, all our temptations, all our difficulties, all our fears, and all our backslidings of every kind, still the word uttermost goes beyond them all. And, since he ever lives to make intercession, since he is the righteous one who is always heard, since his promise and compassions are unchangeable, may his Spirit enable us to apply the conclusion without wavering to our soul’s comfort, that he is indeed able and willing, and determined, to save us even to the uttermost.”

John Newton, The Works of John Newton, vol. 6 p. 66.

rev. shane lems