I was reading today in Hebrews 7 and was curious to know what some of the words in verses 25 and 26 meant. The scripture reads: "He is able to save to the uttermost those who are ever drawing near to God through Him, seeing that He ever liveth to make intercession for them....Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs."
In my years in church, I have understood the word "save" only to mean "go to heaven when I die." However, I was curious and I looked up the word "save" in the Greek and here's what it means: save, deliver, heal, restore to health, make whole, preserve safe from danger, loss, destruction, rescue from peril, to protect, keep alive, involves the preservation of physical and spiritual life). That certainly paints a much larger picture and only proves to confirm all that Jesus did while He was on the earth. I have always thought there must be far more than "going to heaven" involved. Especially since Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Why would He stop all He did on earth when He was here and only provide us with "heaven" after He has gone to His Father. Certainly, I am not minimizing the wonderful anticipation of heaven, but, to me if Jesus went about healing all those who were sick while He was here, why would He stop when He went to heaven.
Also, I looked up uttermost and "to the uttermost means: making motion or direction toward perfection, whole, entire, completely, entirely, always and forever.
The very end of verse 26 says that Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs, meaning: fits our conditions, perfectly adapted to our needs.
How excellent is all that?!!!
So from what I learned today I can accurately interpret those verses by saying, "Jesus is able to save me, deliver me from danger, heal me and restore me to health and in every way preserve me physically and spiritually, making motion into perfection and wholeness, as long as I draw near to God through Him, Jesus is making intercession for me to meet my needs, fitting my condition and perfectly adapting to my needs.
How excellent is all that?!!! It is exciting to know, to understand what an Awesome God we serve. Now and in the hereafter!
Have a great day and Thank God for all He has done and is doing currently for us! Draw near to Him!