25b Seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The whole verse says, “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.”
This saving ability of Christ rests upon not only His death and resurrection, but also on the fact of His ever living to make intercession for those who come to God by Him. Unlike the Levitical priests whose intercessions were interrupted by their deaths, Christ lives for ever as the Intercessor for those who come to God through Him. His intercession for His people is uninterrupted as He lives forever in heaven before the Father.
If Christ had not resurrected from the grave and ascended to heaven to intercede for us, His death alone could not have saved us. The reason He can save us to the uttermost is that He lives for ever as our perfect Priest. He can take us all the way to heaven because His Priesthood is eternal. Other priests fell short, because they died. But Christ’s Priesthood is uninterrupted, unchanging, unending, and hence He alone is able to save us to the uttermost.
Some Christians, when they fall into sin, become very concerned that they would lose their salvation. However, the apostle John tells us, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). So, if we come to God by confessing our sins and believing in our Saviour’s abiding intercession for us, we can be assured of His forgiveness of our sins and our sanctification. Because Jesus lives for ever to intercede for us, we have the guarantee that our salvation cannot be lost. He secures us by His perpetual life and intercession before the Father.
God the Father needs no persuasion to look upon us with compassion, other than to have Jesus, who died for us, living before Him forever as our Advocate. True, our sins cry out for God’s vengeance, but the voice of His Son, who has shed His blood for us on the cross, cries still louder for His mercy and pardon. And His plea for us is offered endlessly before God!
Christ’s plea for us shall not fail for it is based on His atoning death on our behalf. Christ is an Advocate who will not fail. So, everyone who trusts in Christ can be comforted and assured of their eternal salvation.