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HEBREWS 7:25-26

Our Ascended Lord, A Great High Priest!


 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 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. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."  Hebrews 7:25-26






I have long wanted to preach on the present Ministry of our Ascended Lord.  This text discusses just that!

We have a Great High Priest in Heaven today ... praying for us as we live the Christian life!

I began searching Scripture to find a succinct description of the dear Lord Jesus in His present High Priestly Capacity.

Hebrews 7:26 surely does so!

"For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."

Here's a five point analysis of our heavenly Advocate!

Did you notice that first He is called "holy?"

The word in Greek is "hosios."

This is an unusual word for holiness too!

It is only used 8 times in the whole New Testament!

It has the root meaning of being "right!"  ("Being 'right' by one's own intrinsic character" is how one lexicon I use puts it!  Wow!  We saved Christians are NEVER right by our own intrinsic character!  We are only right through the applied Blood of Jesus and the amazing power of the Holy Spirit Who indwells us, imparting to us the character of Christ!  But Jesus is RIGHT by virtue of Who He is ... the very Son of God!  The old timers used to call Him "Very God of Very God!")

"Hosios" ... being holy because of what one essentially is ... differs drastically from every other New Testament word for purity of life!

The common Greek word for "righteousness" is "dikaios" and means innocent or holy in one's actions toward his fellow man.

Also the adjective "heiros" means sacred (especially in respect to ritual worship).  It eventually came to mean the very (holy) Temple area too.

And "hagios" means separated from anything filthy, therefore physically pure!

I have no doubt that Jesus is all of these combined into One Glorious Person! But as our great High Priest, He is particularly "hosios!"  He is What He is!  And He is perfect intrinsically, within and of Himself!  (He needs no help being holy!) He IS holiness!

Six of the eight times "hosios" is used in the New Testament it is directly and positively used of Jesus too! 

He is "the Holy One" of God!  (Acts 2:27 and Acts 13:35 ... both Peter and Paul call Jesus the Holy One!  And they are quoting the 16th Psalm too.)  "Holy" in the Term "holy" One is "hosios."

This is perhaps the HIGHEST Greek word for "holiness" (the most noble) of them all!

And it describes our High Priest the Lord Jesus!

Listen to the angels in Isaiah 6:3 --- "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."  (They are including the Second Person of The Trinity, Jesus, in that adoration!)

And John chimes in too as he describes the heavenly scene:  "And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."  (Revelation 4:8)  They are talking about the precious Lord Jesus!

Let me show you one more thing.  In Revelation 16:5, the last use of "hosios" in the New Testament, we learn something critical.  "And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus."

Our word "hosios" is here translated "and shalt be!"  The King James translators here, being supreme scholars as they were, are assuring us that the HOLINESS ("hosios") of the Lord (our Great High Priest) is an eternal state with him!  He is "hosios" forever.  He "shall be" hosios for now on ... through the ages of the ages!

Our Lawyer in Heaven, our Advocate, our High Priest is incapable of sinning ever!

How very secure that should make us feel today!

(If you are in court ... it certainly would be good to know that your Lawyer is not even able to make a mistake in representing you and your needs!  He has an unblemished record!  He is naturally and perfectly so gifted!  You are absolutely assured of victory!  Your justification has been obtained!  Everything is all right! Plus, Biblically speaking, your Lawyer IS the Judge also!  I would definitely say, "You're on the winning side!")


                                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus is not only "holy" as our great High Priest!  He is also "harmless!"

This specialized word is in Greek spelled "akakos."  It means not __________.  (The "a" prefixing this word means no or not.  It "negates" the word.)  Affixed to "a" is "kakos," the Greek adjective that means bad!  But it means bad in a "worthless" sense!  Jesus is NOT worthless!  Never is there a second that He is not accomplishing something good on behalf of His Own!  "Kakos" means intrinsic evil or harm too!  (Intrinsic means within one naturally!  Inbred!  Inborn!)  There is no evil thing IN Jesus at all ... ever!  No harm!  "Kakos," being badness within oneself ... must be distinguished from the Greek word "poneros" which is badness or evil that is loose and vicious and spreading to all around it!  "Kakos" in confined ... "poneros" is malignant and growing!

Jesus, as High Priest, will HURT not one of His children who comes to God by Him! He perfectly fulfills Paul's description of a Man of God in 2nd Timothy 2:24-25.  "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing ...."  That's at least part of the idea behind "harmless."

The word "akakos" also means without guile or fraud!  He (Jesus) will never mislead anyone!  He Himself said to His Disciples in John 14:2 --- "If it were not so, I would have told you!"  He is open and transparent and un-hypocritical!

And the word also can secondarily mean:  "Fearing no evil from others!  Distrusting no one!"  Jesus just does not have a suspicious nature when it comes to those who believe in Him!  Now I think He did have a suspicious view of His enemies!  And even of lost mankind!  John 2:25 --- "And (Jesus) needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man."  Wow! 

Also let me mention that "akakos" is only used twice in the whole Bible.  Here in Hebrews 7:26 and again in Romans 16:18 where it is translated "simple."  See for yourselves:  "For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Meaning not "experts" in evil!)  Maybe we can get a better "feel" for what Paul is saying here by adding the next verse:  "For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil."  Yes!

Think!  Our dear Saviour WAS made to be sin for us on Calvary!  Indeed!  "For He (The Father) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, Who (Jesus) knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)."  Glory to God!  Yet the fact remains that in "practice" Jesus had not participated in any sin at all!  He was "innocent" in that sense!  He is (in that respect also) harmless!  He never used profanity.  He never got drunk.  He never had a lustful thought.  He never had a guilty conscience.  He never ate too much.  He never "fell" into any kind of sin. 

What a Saviour!

What a High Priest!

Praise the Lord!

                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Our great High Priest is none other than Jesus!

He is described in minute detail in Hebrews 7:25-26.

"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.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."

He is here characterized as being "undefiled."

The Greek word is "amiantos" which means not (the "a" prefix) tainted or contaminated (the "miaino" verb)!

Originally the root verb "miano" meant "to paint in color!"  It of course came to mean to be "painted" with the taint of sin!  Jesus was un-painted!  In the religious sense the verb meant "to stain," but particularly in the area of "bloodguiltiness!"  Ezekiel 23:37 illustrates this Bible concept for us:  "That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them."  Bloody hands!  Well, Jesus' Hands are unstained ... no bloodguiltiness there!  Then the verb carried this idea too:  The Roman or Greek doer ("miano") transferred the "stain" of his wrongs to his fellow-citizens and to his city and to the temple of his gods!  Transferred filth!  Glory to God, Jesus has no stain to transfer!  We cannot be wrongly influenced by our Great High Priest!  He is incapable of tainting us.  He is spotless!  (In fact, He does NOT transfer to us guilt ... but Righteousness!)  Then ... in its most mundane definition, the word "amiantos" means "free from dirt!"  Physically clean!  Yes, we have an undefiled Lord!

Let me add this too.  The adjective is used only 4 times in the Bible.  Here they are:  (1) Hebrews 7:26 ... Jesus our Saviour and Great High Priest is undefiled!  He's never been stained or spotted by anything!     Then (2) Hebrews 13:4 ... The godly marriage bed is pure and undefiled (no adultery or fornication having polluted it)!  Plus (3) James 1:27 ... One's religion or Christianity can be pure and undefiled, if it's kept separate from the world!  And lastly (4) 1st Peter 1:4 ... Each Believer has an inheritance in heaven which is incorruptible and undefiled and never fades away!

You see the Priests on earth during Bible times were all spotted!  (Granted, they were spotted (by sin and the world) ...  then cleansed, but nevertheless spotted! But Jesus was never spotted by anything at all!  One might say He was "unspottable!" 

That means Jesus never has to take time and care for His sins!  He has none! He does not have to stop caring for His children (us) in order to atone for one of His mistakes.  He makes none!  And never has made one!

Again, He is undefiled!  Eternally so!

That's what the very next verse tells us about HIM ... "Who (Jesus) needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for His Own sins, and then for the people's!"  No!  "His Own Sins" were non-existent!  (Hebrews 7:27)

What purity!

Not only is He sinless!

He is spotless and sinless!

Not just "pure" now!

But never having been unpure!

Glory to God!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




In Hebrews 7:26 five precious inspired adjectives or adjectival phrases are used to describe Jesus as our Great High Priest!

Among those He is "separate from sinners!"

The expression just before this one is "undefiled!"  There He is separate from any spot or stain of sin!  Now ... He is separate from sinners themselves!

The verb "separate" is in Greek "chorizo" and means to be set apart from something or someone.  It comes from "chora," a noun that means space or room.  Jesus has put "space" between Himself and sinners!  ("To place room between!")  This verb is a "perfect," telling us that once Jesus began that status --- separate from sinners --- He has remained that way ever since! 

I can find the word 13 times in the New Testament.  It is rendered "put asunder" in Matthew 19:6 and Mark 10:9 (as in divorce)!   It is "depart" in Acts 1:4 and 18:1 and 2.  It is translated "separate" in the great Romans 8:35 and 39 text!  And again we find a string of  "departs" (in reference to marriage) in 1 Corinthians 7 (verses 10 and 11 and 15)!  Plus Philemon verse 15 tells us Onesimus "departed" from Philemon. You can see that it's a pretty strong word.

Then the noun "sinners" needs to be studied.  "Amartolos" means someone who missed the mark of God's perfect plan for their lives.  One who has (obviously) sinned and "come short" of God's portion for them!  "A" means no or not.  And "meros" means an allotment or share or division or section!  Thus to sin means to knock oneself out of something good God had planned for the erring person!

Now, how are we going to explain that phrase?

"Separate from sinners!"

Jesus on earth was anything but separate from sinners I believe.  (Now don't misunderstand me.  He never sinned!  He never committed one evil deed in the presence of any sinner!  He was and is perfect!  Yet He ate with sinners!  He talked with them and touched them and failed to recommend stoning them and "received" them willingly!)  See Luke 15:2 --- "And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them."  Or Luke 7:34 --- "The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!"

When did the Saviour become "separate from sinners?"

I suggest to you ... when He ascended to Heaven and became our great High Priest!

At that point it looks to me like His prayers and concern and passion are totally with His people!  (Read the John 17 prayer of Jesus, which is a "prototype" of what He is praying for us right now ... and see what I mean!  Here's the way Jesus is praying for sinners now ... "Neither pray I for these alone (Christians), but for them also which shall believe on me (sinners) through their word."  Any prayer lost folks get now comes THROUGH Jesus' prayers for His saints!  "Father, empower their words ... give them fruit ... lost souls to be saved!"  Wow!  Also notice Jesus' words in earlier in John 17 --- "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine."  Pretty powerful, isn't it?  (I've just quoted verse 20, then verse 9 of John 17.)

He is indeed now ... separate from sinners!

That means He is totally 100% completely dedicated to the needs of His sons and daughter, his Body, here on earth!

What a Saviour!

What a Lord!

What a High Priest!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




How can anyone be "higher than the heavens?"

Yet that is precisely what Jesus our Great High Priest is said to be in Hebrews 7:26!


"For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."

See it?  There at the end of the verse!

"Higher than the heavens!"

We are here reading some of the "qualifications" possessed by our Great High Priest!

The verb "made" indicates that this was an act of God bestowed upon Jesus in a once-for-all moment of the past.  It can mean "to come into history" or "to come into being."  Jesus has been PLACED higher than the heavens by the Father ... for our sake!

Now, hear me.  Jesus has always been God the Son!  He has eternally been the Second Person of the Trinity!  His humanity became a reality when He took upon Himself the flesh of a little baby boy, coming to earth via a miracle we call the Virgin Birth!  But that has nothing to do with His Deity at all!  "IN THE BEGINNING was the Word (Logos, Jesus)" says John in the very first verse of His Gospel!

But as the Virgin Born, Sinless, Crucified, Buried, Risen, Ascended, Victorious, Interceding Lord and Saviour ... He is NOW made "higher than the heavens!"

This expression is similar to what Paul said in Philippians 2.  "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Or listen to this about Jesus in Ephesians 4:10 --- "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things." Yes!

Three times in the Psalms (57:5 and 57:11 and 108:5) these words are found: "Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth." And Jesus has fulfilled that prayer!

Once He was made "lower than the angels!"  Now He is "higher than the heavens!"

This phrase occurs nowhere else in all of Scripture.  This conferred honor makes Jesus our High Priest "immeasurably superior" to anything or anyone else!

Here the Abode of God is described not simply as being in heaven ... but more than that, HIGHER than the created heavens!  No wonder they call Him a Great HIGH Priest!

That "little" devil (satan) doesn't have a chance!  He is merely the "prince of the power of the air!"  Again, our Lord is "high above the heavens!"

I suspect we have just been studying the highest description of Jesus' Exaltation anywhere in the Bible!

I imagine that if a mere enlisted soldier were fighting a battle and needed help or advice or resources immediately ... it would thrill him exceedingly to realize that someone in the Pentagon had him in mind and in view and fully planned to supply his need!  In the Pentagon!

Well, Christian soldier, you have Someone doing that for you (and more ...like PRAYING for you)!  Except for this fact:  Your Intercessor is in a place much higher than the Pentagon ... or Air Force One ... or the Space Station ... or the orbiting planets ... or even heaven itself! 

Where comes our Help?

From "higher than the heavens!"

Praise the Lord for such a Saviour/High Priest!

This gives me a whole new perspective on the Name:  "Most High God!"

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




We are told that our Great High Priest "became us!"  What does this lovely old King James expression mean?

"For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."  Hebrews 7:26

The verb for "became" is "prepo" in Greek.  In its original sense it meant "to tower up!"  Or "to be conspicuous!"  Then by implication it came to mean that which is "suitable or proper."  (Fit or right or comely or appropriate!)  Another source says it means: to stand out!  To be eminent!  To be becoming! 

It is found only 7 times (an interesting number) in the Bible!

In Matthew 3:15 it was "fitting" that Jesus be baptized!  A mountain-peak in His Life ... "prepo" means "to tower up!"  Let's mention the other 6 "mountain-peaks" too!

In 1 Corinthians 11:13 it was "fitting" that a lady represent the church/Christ relationship!

In Ephesians 5:3 it is "fitting" that we live godly lives!

In 1 Timothy 2:10 it is again "fitting" for ladies to live for God (as a picture of the church I'm sure)!

In Titus 2:1 it is "fitting" that sound doctrine be preached!

In Hebrews 2:10 it was "fitting" to God the Father that Jesus die on the Cross to save sinners!

And here in Hebrews 7:26 it is "fitting" that Jesus serve eternally as our Great High Priest!

It seems to me that all of God's sense of propriety derives from the Life and Work of Jesus His darling Son!  (Particularly in the area of bringing His Bride the Church to glory and maturity!)

How "becoming!"

And how VERY blessed that makes each of us Believers too!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Hosea 4:9 says this:  "And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings."

Look especially at the phrase "like people, like priest."  In other words ... as did the people, so did the priests!

In those dark days of sin and backsliding, the Jewish priests behaved themselves as badly as did the erring public!

This situation has repeated itself in American culture too.

Priests ("clergy" as much of the world understands the term) have become as ungodly as the crowd!

Child molestation, drunkeness, adultery or fornication, lying and deceit only begin to describe the situation!

And even when one delves into the realm of fundamental Bible-believing Preachers, there is surprise awaiting!  There also compromise, laziness, carelessness, prayerlessness, Bible neglect and a whole lot more have seeped in from all sides!

Listen to what Jeroboam did in his day.  "And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi."  1 Kings 12:31

And I'm telling you right now ... if the Priests (Preachers) are wicked, there is no hope for the people!

In many ways this social axiom is true:  As go a nation's preachers ... so go the whole population."

(We in America ... if "help" and true "revival" ever come ... will see God begin such a work in the pulpits of the land!)

"Like people, like priest!"

The priests had "sold out!"

That brings me to my point today.

We as born-again Christians also have a Priest!

A High Priest!

A Great High Priest!

He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

And He, our High Priest, is NOT like the people!

At least not like them in sin and degradation!  (He never has ... nor ever will sin!)


"For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."  Hebrews 7:26


That says it all!

Jesus is different!

He did not "sell out!"

Therefore ... instead of Jesus being like us ... we, being daily fashioned by the Holy Spirit of God, are more and more made like Him! 

We shall some day even be fully "conformed to the image of God's Son."  So says Paul in Romans 8:29.

Here's the same thought again:  "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ!"  Ephesians 4:13-15

Us ... like Jesus!

And, again, how is He?  "Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."   Hebrews 7:26

In other words, we shall eternally be with Him and like Him, our great successful majestic glorious victorious sinless High Priest!

For all of heavenly eternity the rule shall be ... NOT "like people, like priest" ... BUT INSTEAD "like Priest, like people."


                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Now in verse 25 notice the conjunction "wherefore."  Here it is:  "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."

It gives linkage to the previous verses or "context" of our pericope.  (A "pericope" is a body of written data "cut out" from its major corpus location!)

Now "othen" in Greek, pronounced "hoth'-en," here translated "wherefore" ... means from whence or whereupon.  (Of the source from which!)

Our verse is saying something like this:  Hence ... since our Jesus as Great High Priest is all these (previous) things ... He consequently is powerfully able to save to the very point of maturity those believers who keep coming to God by Him!  He will do for them whatever they really need ... no exceptions!  And He exists eternally to do so!

But ... what are the antecedent qualities that determine this ability to save?

To answer this question we are driven back into the other verses of our chapter (Hebrews 7).

Point 1 ... Since Jesus is not from the tribe of Levi (the priestly tribe), can He indeed be a priest?  Yes!  God has created for Him a class of priesthood that supercedes that of Aaron.  Being both a King and a Priest, Jesus' priesthood is on the order of one named Melchisedec of Salem!  (Later Jerusalem!)  The name means "king of righteousness!"  This is a superior priesthood!  (Verses 1-16)

Point 2 ... His "ordination" is greater than that of Aaron and his sons too!  They were made priests by human obedience to God's commands (being "anointed" with oil).  Jesus was made Priest by an oath of God ... "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."  Hebrews 7:17 here quotes Psalm 110:4 --- "The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."  Wow!  (Verses 20-21)

Point 3 ... All those priests as sons of Aaron eventually died!  Jesus will never die again!  He is alive eternally!  We shall never have to have another High Priest! (Verses 23-24)

Point 4 ... All the Old Testament priests first had to made a offering for their own sins before they could make atonement for the people!  Not so with Jesus!  He was perfect!  Sinless!  He had only to deal with our sins!  Again, He is BETTER than them all!  (Verses 27-28)

For all these reasons (and many more I'm sure) ... one can say:  "Wherefore he (JESUS) is able!"  


Really, let's get all the verse in here!  "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."

The Foundation is well laid ... Jesus is ABLE, is all-sufficient ... and is The Great High Priest!

May we thank Him and adore Him and worship Him today!

                                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




"He is ABLE!"

That's what the Bible says of Jesus!

Four times in fact (using those exact words)!

In Philippians 3:21 Jesus is able to subdue all things unto Himself!

In 2 Timothy 1:12 He is able to keep us!

In Hebrews 2:18 He is able to help ("succour") us when we're tempted!

And in Hebrews 7:25 He is able to save us to the uttermost!

In each of the above cases the Greek verb used is "dunamai."  It's one of a family of related "power" words used by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. It specifically means "to have might or strength!"  It likely differs from its synonyms by virtue of its emphasis on "inherent" strength!  "Dunatos," the noun, does not means borrowed power!  Nor does it means temporary power! It implies power solely possessed within oneself and sufficient for any need! 

In Philippians 3:21 Jesus is able in reference to PROPHECY!

In 2 Timothy 1:12 He is able in reference to our PROTECTION!

In Hebrews 2:18 He is able in reference to our PURITY!

And in Hebrews 7:25 He is able in reference to PRAYER!

(Our list above does not count the 5 times Scripture says "God is able!"  Or the 1 time it says "The Lord is able."  Or the 2 times the Word of God is declared to be able!)

It sounds to me like there's a lot of ABILITY in the Godhead!

So much so that He is certified to be "omnipotent!"   ("Omni" being a Latin prefix meaning all ... and "potent" being a derivative of their word for power!)

Little wonder the resurrected Jesus said these words to His disciples in Matthew 28:18 --- "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."


So just to focus on one of the four verses mentioned earlier, Hebrews 7:25 assures us Christians that our Great High Priest (as Jesus is presented in that context) IS ABLE to save us for all time and all the way to full maturity!  That's why He is interceding on our behalf right now!  "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." 

We Believers simply MUST trust in the all sufficiency of Jesus our Lord and Saviour!

Paul even believed He could "do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."  Ephesians 3:20

And what should This Mighty POWER of His cause us to do?

Back to Paul.  He answers that question too in the very next verse.

Ephesians 3:21 --- "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

Nothing more needs to be said.

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




I believe Hebrews 7:25 is written to Christians!

"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."

But Preacher Bagwell, it uses the verb "save!"

Yes, salvation comes in 3 tenses.

We are saved (past tense) from our sin and rebellion the moment we repent and trust Jesus' shed Blood!

We are being saved day by day from the power of the sins that still beset us! (Specific sins should not have the "pull" and "sway" over us they once did!)

And one day ahead we shall be saved from the very presence of sin ... when we go to be with Jesus!  This will include the redemption even of our bodies!

So when we are told that Jesus can "save" us (as Believers) ... reference is being made to our deliverance from the nagging power in sin in our lives.  He lives to give us the daily victory!  Listen to Scripture:  "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."  Romans 5:10

The precise verb used here for "save" is in Greek "sozo."  It's a present infinitive and suggests on-going constant saving power!  (Much like 1st John 1:7 --- "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  There too the verb "cleanseth" is a present tense ... the Blood keeps on cleansing us day by day!)  And here Jesus keeps on saving us day by day.

I am told by those who study such things that the verb here ("sozo") relates two major word pictures.  It was primarily used as a battlefield word.  It meant to come and win the victory over some oppressive and deadly enemy!  Well, Jesus did!  It also pictures a hospital suite.  It means (like a skilled physician) to deliver one who is sure for immediate death!  Doctor Jesus took care of that too!

I was losing the battle to the devil.  He wanted me in hell.  Then Jesus came!  And defeated death, hell, the grave and the devil!  He won the victory and I am set free! Jesus The Victor!

And I was spiritually sick with the terminal disease called sin!  There was no hope. Then Jesus came!  He touched me and made me well and whole!  Now I am healed of the sin malady.  Not one blot is on my record since I've been justified!  The Great Physician!

And ... as a Christian ... in every area of life, with every problem and situation, I have a Great High Priest Who "saves" me daily, praying for my every need!

What a thought!

Glory to His Name!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




"To the uttermost!"

We have all heard that Bible phrase quoted by Preachers for years.

In South Carolina where I grew up ... a famous saying (and I liked it too) was that our God could save "from the guttermost to the uttermost!"

By that was meant He could save anyone who repented and believed on Him, anyone!


The exact English term "to the uttermost" occurs only in Hebrews 7:25. It is used of Jesus as our Great High Priest!  "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."

The word "uttermost" alone occurs elsewhere in Scripture 27 more times.

However the Greek expression "eis to panteles," which is translated "to the uttermost" is found one more time in the Bible.  It's in Luke 13.  "And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself."  (Luke 13:1)  The words "in no wise" translated "eis to panteles."

Now, get this.  It's very important!

When Paul tells us in Hebrews 7 that Jesus saves us "to the uttermost," he is (in that context) talking to Christians!  He is NOT addressing the issue of how bad they were before salvation.  He is NOT even discussing the moment they first believed!  He IS talking about what God is doing in their lives (our lives too) at the present moment!

He IS SAVING us right now!  Saving us from the world, the flesh and the devil and our easily besetting sins!  We can only live victoriously day by day as He prays for us and oversees us ("saves" us) from the Right Hand of The Father in Heaven!  His death saved us from Hell!  His Life saves us to faithfully serve Him in victory hour by hour.  Here's my basis for such a statement:  "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."  Romans 5:10

Don't misunderstand me!  If you're washed in the Blood of Jesus ... you're going to heaven when you die!  The record of your sin is gone!  Washed away!  BUT your ability to live for Him comes day by day through His High Priestly  Ministry and the working of the Holy Spirit, Whom He (Jesus) has sent to be our Comforter and Strength!

Now, back to the words "to the uttermost."

They mean literally "into the complete goal!"  Or more figuratively: "to the very end of God's design for you!"

"Eis to panteles" ...

Let study this.

"Eis" is a preposition meaning "into."

"To" is simply the article, meaning "the."

"Pan," the prefix," just means all!

And "telos" is the noun that means goal, end desire, plan or purpose.

Jesus is going to stick with us ... pray for us ... intercede on our behalf ... keep sending the Holy Spirit ... continue transforming us ... never quitting ... UNTIL we have arrive totally and fully at the GOAL He has set for us! 

And what is that goal?

To use the words of Romans 8:28 ... that we might be "conformed to the image of his Son (Jesus)!"

I hope you see this truth!

He will save you "to the uttermost!"

Here's another way of putting it.  Paul said this to the Philippians: "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."   Philippians 1:6

The Lord will not stop until we have reached His goal for us ... to the uttermost!

Praise His Name!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Who is it that God saves "to the uttermost" here?

It is those who "come to God by Him!"  The "Him" is Jesus our Great High Priest!

Here's the whole verse:  "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 verb for "come" here is "proserchomai" and is in the present tense in Greek. That means they keep on coming and coming and coming!  That's what we Christians are to do day by day!  (Really it should be hour by hour or moment by moment!)

"Pros - erchomai," with that prefix, means to come Face to Face with the Lord Jesus!  That's what we do in prayer!  We are spiritually lifted into the heavenlies ... and face our Darling Intercessor Jesus ... Who loves us and presents our requests and needs to the Father!

And we are to do this habitually!

Here's the same verb in the same tense in the same type context elsewhere in Hebrews.  "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

The Christian life is one of constantly coming to the Son!  In fact, Scripture illustrates this truth by teaching us to ABIDE in Him just as branches do in the grape Vine! 

And it's THAT crowd, the redeemed who come to God by Jesus habitually, who will reap the fullest blessings of Jesus' intercessory Ministry!  ("To the uttermost!)

OH, DEAR FRIEND!  Live in His Presence!

Now I have found some other "coming before God" instances in Hebrews.

I mentioned 4:16 earlier.

But look at Hebrews 10:19-22.  "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."  Wow!

Just look at the results of that drawing nigh!  (In fact, those "blessings" of coming to our High Priest by the Blood of Jesus continue through verse 25!)

Come to Him now ... boldly!

Come to Him now ... by means of the Blood!

Come to Him now ... to grow to the "uttermost."

What a Ministry the risen Jesus has even NOW (on our behalf) at the Father's Right Hand!

One can't help but love Him more and more!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus "ever liveth!"

I love that King James Version terminology with its exquisite English and precise accuracy.

Scriptures says nearly the same thing about our dear Lord elsewhere.

Particularly in the Book of Revelation where we're told 5 times that the Lamb (Jesus) "liveth for ever and ever!"  (The Greek expression used those 5 times says:  He "liveth into the ages of the ages!"  That's beautiful!)

However when Hebrews 7:25 says:  Jesus "ever liveth" ... it expresses it slightly differently.  Literally as a participial phrase, Jesus "pantote zao" (Greek), or "ever liveth" (English)!  Let's look at both those words.  "Pantote" grammatically means: ALL ("pan") WHEN ("tote")!  At all whens!  At all times! (Never will there be an occasion when Jesus is not living!  Rest assured, the next time you're in a problem situation, in a storm of life, in a crisis of gigantic proportions, Jesus WILL BE LIVING AND WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU!  "At all whens!")  Then the word "liveth" is zao, the verb that suggests life on the highest plane!  Real life!  Not just biological life, but meaningful emotional volitional intellectual spiritual life!  Life abundant!  Jesus is REALLY alive today!  "Bios" is life on the cellular level!  Mere scientific life!

By expressing Jesus' High Priestly life in this precise manner ... "ever liveth" ... pantote zao (at all whens) ... the Holy Spirit is telling us that whenever the need arises ... Jesus will be available.  This is similar to the truth taught in Hebrews 4:16 about our High Priest Jesus:  "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Come any time!  To find help!  After all He is ever alive!  Always there!  Never "off-duty!"

But Preacher Bagwell, WHY does He ever live?

So we can come to God "BY HIM!"

Let me show you our whole verse again:  "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)

I've underlined the two terms we're linking today.  Since He is always alive ... always able ... always praying for me ... I can come to God (the Father) BY Him! That little preposition is "dia" which means, when used with a Genitive Case noun or pronoun ("Him") as here ... "by means of" or "through."  It actually pictures Jesus as the Pipe or the Channel or the Way by Which we have access to God!

I, as a Blood Washed Christian, always have means of entrance into the Father's Presence ... because Jesus, The Way, "ever liveth!"

What a blessing!

Yes, this is the same Jesus who died that we might be saved!  But He was only dead three days and three nights!  Let John the Revelator explain it, using the very words of Jesus.  "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."  He WAS dead! But now He IS alive!  Forevermore!  (Revelation 1:18)  Again in Revelation 2:8 we meet the same truth too! "And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive."

When I started these Bible Study web-pages, I eventually had to add in our home a "high speed internet" service.  (It was just too "slow" adding page after page with the old "dial-up" system.)  One of the things I like best about "high  speed" is that you are always connected to the internet.  I always have my browser set to drmikebagwell.org.  Always!  The Server I rent is always up and running.  Theoretically!  But I have noticed that in the past nearly year and a half a few times when I went to type a new Page ... there was nothing!  No access! The server was "down!"  No drmikebagwell.org!  The connection was severed! What frustration that induced!

Well, I have good news!

The "connection" to Heaven is never broken!  Not just in theory ... but in fact ... Jesus "ever liveth" to exercise His Office as our great High Priest!  Wal-Mart won't mind me using their word here:  "Always!"   Jesus is always alive, always ready, always interceding!

What a Saviour!  Not just for what He has done ... but for what He is doing right now too! (Not to even mention what He's going to do yet in the future!)

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus, now in His resurrected glorified yet literal body, is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God and ... "making intercession" ... for His Own Children!

Twice in the New Testament we're told that the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us, and twice that Jesus does!  (See Romans 8:26 and 27 for the Spirit then Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:25 for Jesus!)

Actually Hebrews 7:25 tells us that's why Jesus lives now ... "to make intercession" for us who believe in Him!

Here's the whole verse:  "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." 

A close look at the verb "make intercession" will prove beneficial.

Maybe Romans 8:34 will explain it a little further.  "It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."  The "intercession" is made ... on our behalf ... but TO God the Father!  This is Jesus praying to His Father ... for us!  If you think I've worded that too strongly, see Hebrews 9:24 --- "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."  Wow!  Did you see that?  "For us!"  He is appearing at God's Right Hand ... "FOR US!"

The Greek verb translated "make intercession" is spelled this way: "entugchano."  Grammatically it means "to hit upon" or "to light upon" something or someone!  Some lexicons interpret it to mean something like this:  "to happen upon a meeting with someone!"

"Making intercession," being a prayer term, is something here that Jesus does to His Father!  Let me illustrate:  You, dear Christian Friend, are living your life for God here on earth!  Trouble comes! Maybe in the form of a temptation ... or sickness ... or discouragement ... whatever ... and you need HELP!  Immediately Jesus, the Good (or Great) Shepherd sees your need and "lights" or "hits" upon His Father to send you help in the time of need!  He is "interceding" for you!

When this verb is studied in the light of ancient culture ... the following points are often emphasized.  It is used "of an encounter between two men!"  Or "to run up against someone."  It is found also in the context of "a meeting between two for conversation or companionship!"  The point of the meeting may be "negative" (like a complaint) ... but most often it is "positive" (a kind word or a prayer)!  Even this negative sense is in the New Testament twice!  In Romans 11:2 Elijah "makes intercession" to God AGAINST Israel!  And in Acts 25:24 (where it is translated "dealt with") the Jews intercede to the Authorities against Paul!

The verb eventually came to mean:  "to pray to" or "to solicit" or "to petition" someone!

Other definitions found in various sources:  To turn to God in prayer!  To "have to do" with someone!  "To approach" someone!    (In later Roman/Greek life, the word was used to indicate "official petitions!")

Put it all together and you have a composite of what Jesus is doing right now at the Father's Right Hand!  Praying for us!

The English word "intercede" comes from a Latin background!  "Inter" is a preposition that means "between!"  And "cedere" is a verb that means "to go!"  Thus ... to "intercede" for someone is to get between them and someone else (God the Father) in order to help them and represent them and plead for them!

Either way, English or Greek (and I suspect any other language too), it is good to know ... He makes intercession on our behalf!

Think about that today!

How very encouraging!

But let me give you this quick little warning.  The Devil does NOT want you to consider Jesus your High Priest in His intercessory Office!  He fights such thinking!  In Hebrews 5 when Paul taught the Christians about Jesus' High Priesthood ... Satan made their ears tired of hearing!  "(Jesus) Called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec, of Whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing."  Hebrews 5:10-11  (That word "dull" means lazy!)  When the High Priesthood of Jesus came up for discussion, their ears got "lazy!"  The Enemy does NOT want you to know that Jesus is interceding for you daily!

And if YOU determine to think a lot today of Jesus' intercession ... Satan will fight that as well!  The old Deceiver would much rather have you worrying or fighting or doubting!

But let's strive to obey Hebrews 3:1 --- "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him!"


                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The last words of verse 25 say "for them."  Look:  "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)

For whom?

For whom is Jesus praying?

For those who believe in Him!

For those who are saved!

For those who being saved, consequently regularly (habitually) come to God by Him!

And that includes the born-again Blood-washed Christians of our day too!

Folks like you and me!

He makes intercession FOR us!

I would like to study with you that little preposition ... FOR!

In Greek it is spelled "huper."  When it comes into English (is "anglicized" they say) it becomes "hyper!"

The object of the preposition "huper" her in our verse is the pronoun "them" (in Greek = "autos").  The point being this pronoun is in the genitive case.  That's important because the "case" being used determines to some degree the meaning the preposition bears.

"Huper" with the genitive often means "in the place of."  However it can equally carry the meaning:  "in the interests of" or "in the behalf of" or "for the purpose of!" Wow!  (I think we've just found a sermon in a preposition!)

Jesus is interceding "in my place" before the Father!  (Why not? He died in my place didn't He? The "Just" for the unjust!  1st Peter 3:18)

Jesus is interceding "in the interests of" you and me!  He knows our needs and proper concerns better than we ourselves do!  He presents them to the Father too!

Jesus is interceding "for the purpose of" our maturity and development too!  We have an example of this in Luke 22.  Jesus, interceding for Peter, prayed that his faith would not fail during an upcoming trial!  Listen to our Lord:  "But I have prayed for thee (Peter), that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."  Luke 22:32

And as far as exactly WHAT Jesus is praying for us as He intercedes, all we have to do is study John chapter 17!  Here is  His longest recorded prayer on earth!  He is praying as our Intercessor there too!  He prays:  that we would be kept safe, untouched by the Devil!  That we would be "one" in unity!  That we might have His Joy fulfilled in us!  That we would be sanctified!  That we might be perfected (made mature)!  That we might go to be with Him (in Heaven) in God's time!  And that we might have God's very Love within us!


No wonder we are safe in Jesus!

God does answer His beloved Son's prayers!

Oh, dear Brothers and Sisters, consider Him and His prayers for you today!

Think upon Him as your great High Priest!

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus!"  Hebrews 3:1


                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Here are two amazing verses!

The appear at the end of Mark's Gospel.

(The "liberal" preachers and teachers and theologians say these two verses are not "authentic!"  They are of course denying the Bible when they say this!  Here's how I see all that.  If it's in the Bible ... I'm going to preach it!  ALL the Bible is the Word of God! Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16 --- "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.")

Read the verses I have in mind:  "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."

First notice the Lord's "Ascension" to Heaven!  "He was received up into heaven!"

Then notice what is called His "session!"  That is when He sits at His Father's Right Hand!  Psalm 110:1 tells us about it too.  There David says: "The LORD (God the Father) said unto my Lord (Jesus the Son), Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." Yes!

Next the disciples go forth to serve the Lord ... just as He had instructed them. "And they went forth and preached every where."

But look what's next!


That's Jesus!

Jesus, now in Heaven, now at the Father's Right Hand, is still WORKING with His followers!  That verb for "working" is "sunergo" and combines the word for "energy" (ergon = work) and the preposition for "with" (sun)!  The Ascended Lord Jesus gave them the energy! In fact, it says more than that!  The Ascended Lord Jesus worked right by their side ... with them!  "Sun" (with) denotes union! Association!  Companionship! Possession!  Instrumentality!  And even Possession!  Wow!

Our Lord is in Heaven right now ... but still working with us day by day as we try to live for Him and serve Him!

What a glorious thought!

Yet the Lord does one more thing for them also!  "Confirming the Word!"

This expression ("confirming") translates the verb "bebaioo" which means stabilizing, verifying, proving true, sustaining, strengthening!  It literally means "giving it a base!"  It all comes form a root word that means "foot" or even "foundation!"  Plus it's a present participle!  The action is still on-going, still in process!

Often I pray after preaching: "Lord, confirm Thy Word!  In Jesus' Name, Amen."

My point today is just this:  The Ascended Lord ... is still working today through His people!  Daily!

Think about that!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Here are a few closing thoughts on Jesus our Great High Priest.

"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. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."  Hebrews 7:25-26

When we think of the Ascended Lord, let us remember that He sits in Heaven today not just as God.  He IS God, very God of Very God!  But not just God!  He is also Man!  Perfect Man!  Sinless Man!  Victorious Man!  The full  specimen of what God intended man to be!  No wonder Scripture proclaims of Him:  "Behold the Man!" John 19:5 

And Jesus, as the God-Man, is able to be "touched" with the feeling of our infirmities!  Hebrews 4:15

Jesus as Man ... pictures the final goal of each Believer in Him too!  Some day we ALL (the blood-washed) shall in our glorified bodies stand in Heaven too!

In the sense of His being in Heaven ... Jesus IS where we all shall be!

Also Jesus in Heaven typifies another great truth.

As the High Priest on earth (Aaron and later his sons) first shed the blood of the sacrifice ... then presented it before God; so Jesus first shed His Blood (2,000 years ago at Calvary) ... and now is presenting it before God!  The PRESENTATION is just as important as the SACRIFICE itself!  Our Lord today is no longer shedding His Blood.  That is finished!  But He is still presenting it day by day!  Interceding over it!  I believe that's why 1st John 1:7 tells us that the Blood is (still) cleansing us from all sin!  ("And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  The verb "cleanseth" is a present tense indicative mood active voice part of speech that means this cleansing is still going on today ... in the lives of Christians!)

What peace to think that even now Jesus still "pleads" the Blood on our behalf!

Then just remember this too.  Jesus, the Ascended Lord, is NOW the Head of the Body, His Church!  He's the Head.  We, as members of His Body, are the feet and legs and arms and hands and other parts!  We share His Life!  We live because He lives also!  John 14:19 --- "Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also."  Amen!

This Ascension Doctrine encompasses more Truth than I ever realized!

And it IS the neglected truth of today's church I fear!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Among the things Jesus is doing in Heaven right now (all "for" us it seems), I have found another!

"But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool."  Hebrews 10:12-13

Jesus is EXPECTING the end (consummation) of all things!

He awaits His Second Coming!

"Ekdechomai" literally means "to receive" something "out of" someone's hands! Jesus will receive His Kingdom from His Father at just the right time.  And He is patiently awaiting that day! 

Jesus longs and expects to be with us ... just as much as we long and expect to be with Him!  In fact, much MORE so!  Wow!

Then lastly think of this.

What's going on in the presence of the Ascended Lord right now?  What's happening there this very second?

Does the Bible even answer that question?


Each time we get a glimpse of the Saviour in Heaven now ... with anyone around Him ... they are rejoicing and praising His dear Name!

Just think of the opening chapters of Revelation!

For example, once the Lamb appears, Revelation 5:6-14 tells us what happens!  "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."

Get ready, believing friend, it's going to be "loud" (yet "reverent") up there!

Ascension Life implies joy and worship and praise for sure!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




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