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Eternal intercession

November 2002 | by Anon

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).

Christ’s everlasting intercession is not to be seen as an endless repetition of his offering on Calvary — for ‘this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down at the right hand of God’ (Hebrews 10:12). The intercession of which the writer speaks consists in Christ’s presence at the right hand of God.

His eternal priesthood, in and of itself, constitutes an effectual plea for the forgiveness of those who are ‘in Christ’. To intercede for us, the priest upon his throne needs to say nothing and do nothing. The fact that he is there,‘in the midst of the throne … a Lamb as though it had been slain’, is sufficient intercession of itself (Revelation 5:6).

This eternal intercession means that ‘he is … able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him’. Christ saves finally, completely, perfectly and utterly. Here is no partial salvation as many teach, leaving man to complete a work that Christ began.

Here is no temporary salvation that can be lost through neglect or inadvertence. There would be no point in Christ’s everlasting intercession if it did not secure an equally complete and durable salvation.

A perfect Saviour must provide a perfect salvation for all ‘who come to God through him’. But let us be sure that we do come through Christ, for he alone is ‘the way, the truth and the life, [and] no one comes to the Father except through [him]’ (John 14:6).