The last verses of Hebrews 7 tell of priesthood of Jesus. We are told of the purity, position, permanence, and power of His priestly work. In purity, Jesus is “holy, innocent, undefiled, [and] separated from sinners” (v. 26). In position, He is “exalted above the heavens” (v. 26). In duration, Jesus “holds His priesthood permanently” so that He “always lives to make intercession for them” (v 25).
These things are all powerfully used to help us, so that Jesus “is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him” (v. 25, ESV). The fullness of this “saved to the uttermost” is seen in how completely He deals with sin for us. First, He saves us from the penalty of sin, forgiving us and declaring us just. Then through the process of sanctification, we are saved from the power of sin as He quickens us to live by the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the body. And ultimately, Jesus will free us from even the presence of sin, as we, the redeemed, will be removed beyond all corruption, death, mourning, crying or pain to a state of eternal bliss.
So Jesus—the pure, powerful, permanent and well-position priest—saves us from sin’s penalty, power, and ultimately, it’s very presence. Truly, “salvation to the uttermost.” So let us all gladly follow the admonitions to “draw near with confidence” (4:16), “with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…holding fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (10:22,23). Let us to Christ.