“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
This short verse is packed with so much hope for all of us. Praise God for his endless mercy and steadfast love!
The writer of Hebrews emphasizes in this verse the complete and continual redemption that we have through Jesus. It’s so important to realize both of these aspects of salvation in our lives. Two common myths of Christianity can be easily dispelled with this verse.
The first is that Jesus can forgive the small things, but there are some things in my past that he won’t forgive me for. That is a damnable lie. Jesus, being fully God while also fully man, has all authority to forgive sins. There is no sin to big, no past too dark for him to redeem. Absolutely nothing disqualifies you from receiving the grace of Christ except for your own choice not to accept it. As the writer of Hebrews said, he is able to save you completely. Your forgiveness is not partial. If you believe in the sacrifice of Jesus, then you are forgiven and none of your sin will be held against you.
The second myth is that if you have already been forgiven, you have to be perfect from now on. Our verse in Hebrews says that Jesus “always lives to intercede for” us. Christ didn’t return to heaven and stop caring about us. He doesn’t forgive you just once when you become a Christian. He is constantly interceding on your behalf to God the Father. What that means is that for every one of your sins, Jesus is standing between you and the punishment you deserve saying, “I already paid for that.” He is always living and interceding for you, and there is no limit to his grace. Don’t give up, and don’t ever doubt that God can still love you. He does.
Thank you for your constant and unchanging love. Thank you for always forgiving, always caring, and always loving us. I pray that you would forgive my sins and help me to remember the freedom that I have through Jesus.
In His Name,