Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, 18 May 2017
He Is Able To Save
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 NIV
Let me start by differentiating between ability and performance. You’ll agree with me that, the fact that you are able to do something doesn’t mean that you have already done it. Ability refers to potential; what you are capable of doing. For instance; God is able to make all grace abound; and God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think; but we must exercise our faith in Him from time to time before He does it.
So, Jesus is able to save completely, those who come to Him. Does it mean that, “once saved, forever saved”, irrespective of whether a man returns to his old ways? Certainly not! If that’s the case, we won’t have verses like James 5:19-20 which talks about saving a backslider from death. There would be no verses like Hebrews 10:38-39 which say that people who turn back do that to their own destruction. And there would be no Hebrews 6:4-6 too, which says that it’s impossible to bring to repentance those who reject the Son of God after having tasted of the things of heaven, the Holy Spirit, and the word of God.
But Christ is able to save completely! Yes! How? It depends on our attitude. 1 John 2:1 says, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” When we sin; instead of being obstinate; we can go to God in repentance and humility, and receive forgiveness, and be restored. This, Jesus does for us, being our High Priest. That’s why 1 John 1:9 says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Hallelujah!