Hebrew 7:25, “he is able to save to the uttermost.”

Because Christ is immutable and eternal, he is “able to save us to the uttermost”  — “uttrermost,” παντελές –made up of two words “all” and “end” or “perfection”– Christ is able to save “completely to the end,” to the uttermost. Vine: the neuter of the adjective panteles, “complete, perfect,” used with eis to (“unto the”), is translated “to the uttermost” in Hebrews 7:25, where the meaning may be “finally.” Thayers: παντελής, παντελές (πᾶς and τέλος), all-complete, perfect (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Plato, Diodorus, Plutarch, others; 3Macc. 7:16); εἰς τό παντελές (properly, unto completeness (Winers Grammar, § 51, 1 c.)) completely, perfectly, utterly: Luke 13:11; Hebrews 7:25 (Philo leg. ad Gaium 21; Josephus, Antiquities 1, 18, 5; 3, 11, 3 and 12, 1; 6, 2, 3; 7, 13, 3; Aelian v. h. 7, 2; n. a. 17, 27).

This Sunday morning as we consider the vicarious, redeeming work of Christ for us, ask yourself a question. If Christ has the power to save a lost sinner “to the uttermost” is he not also able to preserve His word from which saving faith comes (Rom. 10:17) with the same power? The answer is of course, yes, he has the power to save the lost “to the uttermost” and preserve his word.  Blessings!

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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