Monday, March 7, 2011

He is Able (part 2)

"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)

The Lord Jesus is able to save.  No one else can do this.  Throughout history there have been great men who have accomplished extraordinary things.  Abraham, that great man of faith, founded the nation of Israel.  Moses, an equally great man, was used by God to liberate Israel from Egyptian slavery.  In American History, great men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin went though extraordinary measures to secure a new and free nation.  Then there were men of renown religious courage and strength who stood for Bible truth; men like John the Baptist, the Apostles, Paul and Silas, Mark and Luke.  Then there were men of more modern times like William Tyndale, C.H. Spurgeon, and a host of other strong men who stood for God.  But all in all no man is able to save.  They maybe able to do many great things, but they cannot do the greatest things: secure the Salvation of mankind; satisfy the just and righteous wrath of God; and reconcile a holy God with sinful man.  Only Christ can do this.  Mankind in all his glory cannot save one soul from eternal retribution.  Only the Lord Jesus Christ can do so.  Isaiah 59:1 says this "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"  Praise God, He is able to save.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

He is Able (part 1)

"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)

He is able - that simply means that Christ alone is able to save.  Not a minister, not a church, not an ordinance, nor a religious ritual can save.  Only the Lord Jesus Christ is able to save a soul.  There was a time when I relied on my religious works for salvation.  I thought I had to do things in order to gain points with God.  It was pitiful.  One day, I was doing good (at least I thought that way in my mind); the next day, I was miserable because of sin.  But when I finally came to the point where I realized that Christ was all I needed, that His work on the cross was the only work that could pay for my sins, then  I rested in the fact that Christ alone was able to save.  Not my works, but His work saves.  Not my merits, but His merits gained salvation.  Indeed, He alone is able.