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“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” ~ Hebrews 7:25

“Uttermost” is a curious word not often used in our everyday conversation. It brings to mind things like the “uttermost regions of the earth”; far, far away places and the like. I don’t think that we’d be far off in our application of that type of thinking in today’s passage of Scripture.

The only difference is that we are not talking about the space/time continuum, but the kind of salvation that is possible only through our High Priest, Jesus Christ. This same Jesus who was with God in the beginning and was Himself God came down from heaven, took upon Himself human flesh, lived and moved among mankind to offer living water to those who would drink, was sacrificed upon Calvary’s tree for our sin, died and arose again on the third day–all to represent us in an eternal relationship with God.

He will FOREVER make intercession for us with God, the Father. Of course this scripture is referring to those who “come unto God by Him.” We cannot represent ourselves to God except through our High Priest, Jesus Christ. This is no ordinary priest, but the Son of God!

Psalm 139:7 begins one of the most amazing portions of the Psalms that goes on to demonstrate God’s presence with us to the uttermost:

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” ~ Psalm 139:7-12

The same God that formed us in our mothers’ wombs desires a personal relationship with us. While we are in human corruptible flesh we are only able to have access to Him through an incorruptible, sinless representative. Jesus is the one and only High Priest who fits that description.

Until we shed our earthly bodies we need a go between to make intercession for us; to speak on our behalf to God. The very same One who wrote everyone of our days before we were ever born is able to cover our sins from the beginning to the end; the uttermost reaches of our lives. Nothing is beyond the reach of His love!

Our past sins… COVERED!

Our present sins… COVERED!

Our future sins… COVERED!

He’s got us COVERED! To the UTTERMOST!

How can we neglect so great a salvation?

LORD, I am in awe of the reaches of your LOVE and Your SALVATION. Thank You for always being present in my life and for taking my pleas before the Father. I am forever grateful! I love You, my Lord and Savior! Amen.

Contributed by C. Stelter Tesar

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  3. Encouraging post. That part of Hebrews is so encouraging to me. I also like this verse 10:19 “Having boldness for entering the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus.”

    What do you think it means by entering the Holy of Holies? What is that and where is it?

    • Hi Clark;

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I agree with you the Book of Hebrews has quite a few inspiring verses.

      With regard to your question: Physically, The Holy of Holies was the place (a small inner room in the Temple, and previously the Tabernalce) that the Israelite High Priest would go once a year to make atonement for the sins of the his people. Jesus did that for all mankind through His death on The Cross at Calvary. Consequently, in the Holy of Holies that is mentioned in Hebrews, as pertaining to Jesus, the One True High Priest, is not necessarily a physical/geographical location. Rather, it is a more of a temporal event, a state of being. Nevertheless, if one had to give a location then, perhaps the Cross itself would be the Holy of Holies (and simultaneously the Altar of Sacrifice).

      Very interesting question, Clark. What are your thoughts?

      May God continue to Bless and guide you.

  4. So you know that verse about “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” It goes something like that. Anyway, I was just considering that verse. Then I read a part of this book by Watchman Nee called The Spiritual Man. In there, he talks about how each person has 3 distinct parts and according to 1 Thessalonians 5:23, those 3 parts are our body, soul, and spirit.

    So I think that there is some kind of connection there. 3 parts to the temple, our body is a temple, 3 parts to us. What do you think?

    • Okay, I went back and read the verse more carefully, rather than trying to rely on my faulty memory.

        Hebrews 10:16-22

      This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
      And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
      Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
      Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
      By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
      And having an high priest over the house of God;
      Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

      Accordingly, if you are suggesting that the ‘Holy of Holies’ is within (soul or spirit) an individual (who has been saved?), then fine… that seems reasonable. The narrative would then be that we(through soul/spirit) are able to commune with God in the “Holy of Holies” because of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, before plunging further in this conversation i must make it plain that i am NOT a ‘theologian’. Thus the finer points of your thesis might escape me.

      Finally, the Authorized version does not use the term “Holy of Holies” rather it translates as “the holiest”. Consequently, it is quit possible that the two terms do not equate and hence the discussion is moot. Nonetheless, we can continue exploring your thesis some more, at least till a concrete clarification s required.

      Back over to you… What are your thoughts?

  5. You pretty much nailed it on the head, ‘theologian’ or not! 🙂 And that’s true, if it’s not talking about the Holy of Holies, we’re not really going anywhere.

    So googling a picture of the temple, http://www.westarkchurchofchrist.org/library/tabernacle.jpg

    I got that the 3 parts are the court, the holy place (with the lampstand and the other things), and the Holy of Holies (with the ark).

    So our body is the outer court, our soul is the holy place, and our spirit is the Holy of Holies.

    And that kinda makes sense because that first verse you quoted in your last comment talks about God putting His laws into our hearts. That’s kinda like the 10 commandments were inside the ark which was in the Holy of Holies.

    So like you said, as Christians, to enter the Holy of Holies would mean to “enter” our spirit and fellowship with God. And the blood of Jesus gives us boldness to do so.

    Anyway, I’m not exactly sure where this is going, but it does make that verse really interesting. And it would be cool if someone did a study on what it means to “enter” our spirit. That sounds like a tough nut to crack.

    Sorry to get off track from your blog post. I really am encouraged by that word “uttermost.” I have a lot of things that I need to be saved from to be saved to the uttermost. The world, the flesh, etc. But He is able! I just need to keep coming forward. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Clark;

      Thanks so much for sharing. The discussion was both interesting, stimulating AND welcome. Indeed, i had never pondered these issues before (and i am still reflecting on it); yes, someone should look into this topic.

      Regarding the article, i am not the author, that post was by a guest-author and fellow believer, so kudos to the Holy Spirit working through her.

      Keep up the good work you are doing on your blog.

      May God continue to Bless you and Guide you.

  6. Maybe someone has. I’ll keep my ear open and let you know if I find anything.

    Thank the Lord for the Spirit’s speaking through all the members of His body. I enjoyed her portion. Do you let people guest post on your blog? I’d love to. I’ve got an idea for a great post I’ve been sitting on. E-mail me at clarkarussell@gmail.com if you’re interested.

    Thanks for your encouraging words, brother? sister? Reflections.

    Clark

  7. So I found a few paragraphs on this verse Heb 10:19 in a book by Witness Lee entitled “The Divine Spirit With The Human Spirit In The Epistles.” I know that some Christians have a problem with the writings of Lee, but I find them very scriptural and helpful to my walk with the Lord. Here’s the excerpt from Chapter 11:

    Entering the Holy of Holies in Our Spirit

    Hebrews 10:19 says, “Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus.” This is not merely the Holy of Holies in the heavens. If the Holy of Holies were only in heaven, we could not enter into it today while we are still on this earth. Therefore, this must be the Holy of Holies in our spirit. The Holy of Holies in our spirit corresponds with the Holy of Holies in the heavens. In principle, these are two aspects, two ends, of one entity. Subjectively speaking, the Holy of Holies today is in our spirit. Therefore, we must discern our spirit from our soul so that we may enter into the Holy of Holies where Christ, the Ark, the Shekinah glory of God, and the presence of God are, where we can contact God, obtain mercy, and find grace as the flowing, living water for us to enjoy. This flowing, living water is simply the Spirit of grace who transmits the riches of Christ as grace into our spirit for our enjoyment to meet our timely need. This is the key to the experience of the things of Christ revealed in this book. Without the key of our spirit, Christ would be only objective to us, and we would have no way to enter into Him.

    On the one hand, we need to have an objective vision of Christ as the One who is superior to Judaism in every aspect. On the other hand, we must realize that today He is the eternal Spirit, the holy One, who brings Christ into our spirit. God the Father deals with us in our spirit, so in order to contact God, experience Christ, and realize the Spirit, we must discern our spirit from our soul. This means that we must always turn to the spirit and divide our spirit from our soul. When we turn to our spirit, we enter into the Holy of Holies. Then we have Christ as the presence of God. We can contact God in all His fullness and enjoy Christ as the tree of life in the flow of the living water (Rev. 22:1-2). The tree of life is Christ as our grace, and the flow of living water is the transmitting Spirit.

    Again I say, the key to our experience of Christ in an inner and subjective way is to discern our spirit from our soul and to learn how to turn to the spirit. Whenever we turn to the spirit, we immediately find the flowing of the Spirit of grace who transmits the riches of Christ into us as grace to meet our timely need. This is the key to experiencing all the riches of Christ as revealed in the book of Hebrews.

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