“He Is Able To Save…” (Bunyan)

Hebrews 7:25 says this:

Therefore He is able also to save forever [completely, to the uttermost] those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (NASB). 

Here are some helpful comments on this verse by John Bunyan:

I shall now show you something of what it is for Christ, by his intercession, to save to the ‘uttermost.’ ‘He is able to save them to the uttermost’ (Heb. 7:25).

This is a great expression, and carries with it much meaning. ‘Uttermost’ signifies to the outside, to the end, to the last, to the furthest part….

Some persons are in their own apprehensions even further from Christ than anybody else; afar off, a great way off, yet a-coming, as the prodigal was. Now, these many times are exceedingly afraid; the sight of that distance that they think is between Christ and them makes them afraid. As it is said in another case, ‘They that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at your signs’ (Psa 65:8) So these are afraid they shall not speed, not obtain that for which they come to God. But the text says, He is able to save to the uttermost, to the very hindermost, them that come to God by him.

Two sorts of people seem to be far, very far from God. (1.) The town sinner. (2.) The great backslider. (Neh 1:9) But both these, if they come, he is able to save to the uttermost. He is able to save them from all those dangers that they fear will prevent their obtaining of that grace and mercy they would have to help them in time of need. The publicans and harlots enter into the kingdom of heaven.

John Bunyan, Christ – A Complete Savior, Logos edition, p. 209. Note: I’ve updated the above quote for length and readability.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI, 54015