In Hebrews 7:25 we see “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
This is Jesus Christ. He can save to the uttermost. We find this is in the section discussing His High Priesthood and how He intercedes for us. This is very important. Jesus is our High Priest. He is the one who has made the atoning sacrifice for us. He was the atoning sacrifice. Without that, we have no salvation because Jesus died and shed His blood for us to have remission of sins (Heb. 9:16-22). It is because of this that He took the penalty for us and that secures our justification when we believe in Him. We are sealed and secure from that point onward and nothing can remove us from His hand (John 10:26-30; Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
Since we are sealed and secure in Him unto the day of redemption, we have a guaranteed glorification with Him (c.f. 1 Cor. 15:50-58; 1 John 3:2-3). But, since He also is interceding for us daily, it seems that there is work happening every day for us. This is the sanctification process that is a daily battle for us. We fail and fall, almost daily, and this is where the intercession comes in. Jesus keeps us because of His righteousness. He did the work to give us salvation, justification, and He is the one who keeps us through His intercession. This is salvation to the uttermost. This is a salvation that is complete. That is what the word means. He not only saves us everlastingly, but He also saves us daily.
To some, this may be a bit off to you, but this is what His work as our intercessor is. He is there beside the Father now interceding on the behalf of all who have believed in Him. He is our High Priest before the Father. He has made the atonement and He has made the final sacrifice. Because He has He, in a way, just points to that when we fail in our daily lives. But, the verse tells us that this is to those who “draw near to God through Him.” This is keeping in fellowship with Him.
When we keep in fellowship we have this strengthening in our daily life. We can avoid bad situations because we know they are bad. This is accomplished when we are transformed “by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:2). When we do this and “present our bodies as a living sacrifice” we keep fellowship and have the strengthening of Christ working in and through us (Rom. 12:1).
He has done the one-time work at the cross, but we are ever to be growing up into maturity. We are daily lambasted with things to draw us away from the Lord. When we falter He intercedes for us. When we win it is because He has interceded for us.
To illustrate a little, it’s just like our children. They believe that we will tend them and keep them safe regardless of what comes. They trust us and depend on us. They know we will guard and keep them in all situations. This is how they view salvation to the uttermost. They know they are protected, and this is how we should view our salvation to the uttermost. Christ will keep and protect us. He will intercede and provide the way out of the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). Not only this but because He did the work and shed the blood, we are covered and guaranteed eternity. That my friends is salvation to the uttermost. Praise the Lord for this amazing grace.