Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
I grew up in a time when we never locked our doors. No way we would be so careless today. In fact, security and alarm systems have become big business.
As a child, I was allowed to ride my bike or walk all over town. Come to think of it, I can’t even recall a crime committed in my hometown. Surely, there must have been something, but lawbreaking wasn’t one of the things we worried about.
Our town had one policeman, a one-armed officer who worked part-time. His primary concern appeared to be keeping the sidewalks free of kids riding bikes.
Fast forward to today. The news from home reflects a radical change from the town I remember. Drugs, especially meth, have become a big problem. Public intoxication, fighting, assault, and robbery are now reported with increasing regularity.
Now, this is not an indictment on my hometown, but rather it is symptomatic of what has happened across America. Security has become a major concern just about everywhere.
Remember when you used to go to the mall and your primary concern was finding a good deal? Now, you have concerns for your safety. Same is true in public places and entertainment venues where you once felt safe.
It is natural to feel insecure in our earthly homes. However, in regard to our heavenly home, Jesus has everything under control.
In our focus text, Jesus is seen in his role as the great High Priest, “…able to save completely those who come to God through him.” Jesus is “able” as no one else. He has all authority (Matthew 28:18) and all power (John 13:3) on heaven and earth.
Jesus has the authority and power to “save those who come to God through Him.” (John 17:2) The salvation He gives is complete. Unlike so many of our earthly laws (and taxes) there aren’t any loopholes. Satan may do a lot of finger pointing and hurl a lot of accusations at our unworthiness for eternal life with the Father, but the evil one has no case “because He (Jesus) always lives to intercede…” for us.
Jesus saves us from the penalty for sin and ultimately from the presence of sin. Can you imagine living where evil and sin are no longer an issue — because they don’t exist? No temptations lurking around every corner. No one seeking to do you harm, nor hidden motives or scams.
The Lord “always lives to intercede” to complete the work He began in you at your confession of faith. In 1 Corinthians 1:8, Paul declares, “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Here in Alabama, we’re required to renew our driver’s license every four years. Meanwhile, it’s up to us to obey the laws of the road and maintain an auto insurance policy. Too many citations for speeding or other traffic related violations can cause our driving privileges to be suspended.
Our covenant with God doesn’t require renewal. It’s a once in a lifetime agreement. And it comes with more than enough forgiveness and help from the Lord to keep us saved. Jude put it this way: “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” Jude 1:24
Jesus holds onto us — from sanctification to glorification — IF we are truly in the faith. No need in being insecure about your eternal security.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
For more on this topic, check out this article: Blessed Assurance
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.