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February 17, 2013


Salvation to the Uttermost

Man needs salvation from sin. No one has lived on the earth long enough to reach the age of accountability without becoming guilty. “There is no man who does not sin” (1Kings 8:46). “Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

Man is guilty of sin because of the tireless efforts of Satan to tempt man to transgress the laws of God, and because of the attractive rewards to be obtained in sinning. Eve saw how attractive was the forbidden fruit, and she ate. She desired the fruit, and by sinning she obtained it. She received the reward desired. David desired Bathsheba, though she was the wife of another. He obtained the reward desired by sinning, by transgressing the seventh commandment—“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Judas wanted money, and obtained it by betraying Jesus into the hands of sinful men for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16). Eve, however, found that there is a second reward for sin, one not contemplated, one not desired. Eating the forbidden fruit brought great woe and caused her and her husband to lose their paradise. David, in his sin with Bathsheba, did not contemplate sin’s second reward, the one not desired. As a result of his sin his life was filled with many sorrows through his remaining days on earth. Judas thought that he wanted thirty pieces of silver, and was willing to sin to obtain them, but after the evil deed was done, it turned out that he did not want the money. He had overlooked the second reward for his sin—loss of the money, loss of peace of mind, loss of his apostleship, loss of his life, loss of his soul (Matthew 27:35; Acts 1:25).

Because of sin man indeed is in a miserable condition, but in his tender mercy God has offered man salvation, even “to the uttermost.” “Wherefore also He is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25; ASV). “Uttermost” means of the highest degree, to the greatest possible extent, complete, forever. This salvation that God offers to man through Jesus Christ his Son is “uttermost” because it saves:

From all past sins

On the day of Pentecost, Peter told the people that they had taken the promised one of God and by wicked hands had crucified and slain him. When they were pricked in their hearts, and asked, “Brethren, what shall we do?,” he said, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins …” (Acts 2:38). This promise was not for a few of their sins but for all of their sins. When one is baptized, he is baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3). But Paul also said, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2Corinthians 5:17).

From every kind of sin

The Corinthians were saved by the gospel (1Corinthians 15:2), and yet, Paul showed that they had been guilty of every type of sin possible. After enumerating a great list of sinners, he said, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1Corinthians 6:11). Paul said that he had been a blasphemer and a persecutor and yet had obtained mercy (1Timothy 1:13). If one is not forgiven any sin, it will not be because there is not sufficient power in the blood of Christ, but because he will not repent. “But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1John 1:7).

From present and future sins

When one obeys the gospel, he will spend much time in studying the word of God and so be made “wise unto salvation” (2Timothy 3:15). He will apply the scriptures in overcoming the temptations of Satan. He will wear the Christian’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-18). He will follow the example of Christ—“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH” (1Peter 2:21,22). By following such a course, one will avoid sins of which otherwise he would become guilty, and thus he is saved from present and future sins that could condemn his soul.

Any time in one’s life

This salvation to the uttermost is for the young and tender; but it is also for the old and worn. It can completely cleanse from a lifetime of sin.

From the beginning to the end of the world

Salvation to the uttermost is offered to every man in this the last dispensation of the world. The invitation is to all: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Now that God’s great plan of salvation has been established through Christ, it not only provides salvation for the faithful in this dispensation, but it also reaches back to include the faithful in every previous dispensation. “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins … but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD” (Hebrews 10:4,12).

Joy throughout all eternity

In the last day to the faithful the Lord will say, “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’” and “the righteous (shall go) into eternal life” (Matthew 25:34,46). “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:16,17).

Christ is not able to save everyone to the uttermost. “Wherefore also He is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through Him …” (Hebrews 7:25). If we are to enjoy this full and complete salvation, we must come unto God, and this we do through obedience to the gospel, God’s power to save. He that cometh to God must believe (Hebrews 11:6). This faith is demonstrated in repentance and baptism into Christ, where is every spiritual blessing, and where one becomes a new creature, with the old things passed away (Ephesians 1:3; 2Corinthians 5:17).

Do you not want to obey the gospel that you may be saved to the uttermost?

—W.B. Norris Jr. and
S. Scott Richardson Sr.

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