THOROUGH AND FINAL

Heb.7:25 – Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

To me, this verse is breathtaking!!! Uttermost!! One of those words we seldom use or hear but it carries rich meaning for all of us helping us to understand the nature of salvation and conversion. Uttermost, first of all, means totally and completely. This salvation, purchased by the cross and enacted by His intercession, changes us completely. It is more than a cover up of past sins but a destruction of who we once were and the creation of a brand new you. Redemption is made complete as we are transformed into beautiful sons and daughters. Secondly, this work of salvation is eternal. Uttermost reeks of permanence. We are saved by grace never to return to what and who we once were. We are thoroughly and totally transformed. Here is how Adam Clarke described it.

“Because he is an everlasting priest, and has offered the only available sacrifice, he is able to save, from the power, guilt, nature, and punishment of sin, to the uttermost, to all intents, degrees, and purposes; and always, and in and through all times, places, and circumstances; for all this is implied in the original word: but in and through all times seems to be the particular meaning here, because of what follows, he ever liveth to make intercession for them; this depends on the perpetuity of his priesthood, and the continuance of his mediatoral office. As Jesus was the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world, has an everlasting priesthood, and is a continual intercessor; it is in virtue of this that all who were saved from the foundation of the world were saved through him, and all that shall be saved to the end of the world will be saved through him. He ever was and ever will be the High Priest, Sacrifice, Intercessor, and Mediator of the human race.”

Redemption is thorough and final. Over the last several years we have been conducting a woman’s restoration center called Mary’s Song. This word has been proved over and again as women come out of the darkness and bondage of sin, find forgiveness through His blood, and and become holy women of God. Yes I believe in the redeeming work of God because I see Him saving people to the uttermost.

ACCESS

HEB. 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

When Jesus was on earth not everyone recognized who He was. There He was, Creator of all things, walking amongst them and they didn’t have a clue. Haven’t you ever wondered about that? You probably came to the conclusion, ‘that wouldn’t be me, I would have recognized Him’. Oh really! Think about this, Jesus, the man, is still alive and still has a vital ministry. He is at the Father’s right hand representing fallen man as a perfect man. Have you acknowledged His heavenly ministry. Knowing Christ in this way is the only way to secure that life as more than a conqueror right here right now. Don’t be that clueless one, the one who doesn’t even notice His current ministry designed to be a blessing to you. Here are some comments from Charles Spurgeon on today’s verse.

“…because He abides for ever, because there is never a single moment in which His priestly action, His watchful care of us, His loving sympathy and succor, His working in us in the power of our endless life, is not in full operation. Therefore He can save completely, that is, there need never be a moment in which the experience of His saving power is intermitted, in which the salvation He has wrought does not save. To confirm this, it is added, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. Without ceasing there streams forth from Him to the Father the prayer of His love for every one and every need. “of those that belong to Him; His very person and presence is that prayer, so closely and so inseparably is He identified with those He calls His brethren. And without ceasing there streams forth to Him from the Father the answer of His good pleasure, and the power of the Holy Spirit, bearing that answer.”

Seeing this is really incredible; Jesus represents me before the Father. By faith I access this place in Christ, after all I am seated together in heavenly places with Christ. This is what was purchased for me at the cross, access into the holiest of all. I have this access to life in the Father’s presence in Christ. This is where I find power, healing, provision, protection, and life itself.

ACCESS

HEB. 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

When Jesus was on earth not everyone recognized who He was. There He was, Creator of all things, walking amongst them an they didn’t have a clue. Haven’t you ever wondered about that? You probably came to the conclusion, ‘that wouldn’t be me, I would have recognized Him’. Oh really! Think about this, Jesus, the man, is still alive and still has a vital ministry. He is at the Father’s right hand representing fallen man as a perfect man. Have you acknowledged His heavenly ministry. Knowing Christ in this way is the only way to secure that life as more than a conqueror right here right now. Don’t be that clueless one, the one who doesn’t even notice His current ministry designed to be a blessing to you. Here are some comments from Charles Spurgeon on today’s blog.

“…because He abideth for ever, because there is never a single moment in which His priestly action, His watchful care of us, His loving sympathy and succour, His working in us in the power of our endless life, is not in full operation. Therefore He can save completely, that is, there need never be a moment in which the experience of His saving power is intermitted, in which the salvation He has wrought does not save. To confirm this, it is added, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. Without ceasing there streams forth from Him to the Father the prayer of His love for every one and every need. “of those that belong to Him; His very person and presence is that prayer, so closely and so inseparably is He identified with those He calls His brethren. And without ceasing there streams forth to Him from the Father the answer of His good pleasure, and the power of the Holy Spirit, bearing that answer.”

Seeing this is really incredible; Jesus represents me before the Father. By faith I access this place, after all I am seated together in heavenly places with Christ. This is what was purchased for me at the cross, access into the holiest of all. I have this access to life in the Father’s presence in Christ. This is where I find power, healing, provision, protection, and life itself.

UTTERMOST

Heb. 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

I love to ponder the heavenly ministry of Jesus. Many don’t have a practical understanding of the important role His present day ministry plays in our lives. His work on earth was preparatory, His work in heaven brings us into the vital intimacy of what He purchased through His death. Paul called Him our High Priest, our Heavenly Intercessor. The Apostle John called Him our Advocate or Paraclete. In today’s verse, Paul describes the powerful effect His heavenly ministry has on us. He says He saves us to the uttermost. The word save refers to wholeness or completion. The word uttermost actually has two shades of meaning. Here is how Wuest describes the double meaning of this powerful word.
“The word “uttermost” is the translation of panteles which is made up of pas “all,” and telos “end, termination.” Thus, we have a two-dimensional salvation spoken of here. By reason of Messiah’s eternal ministry as High Priest, He is able to save the believer in his totality of being, body, soul, and spirit, and do all that to the point of termination, an unending state of salvation in eternity.”
Did you get that. First, it refers to the totality of our salvation. We are utterly made whole and delivered from sin and its consequences. Secondly, we are save eternally. This salvation, or wholeness will last forever. It is final and eternal at the same time. Adam Clarke brings out another interesting aspect to this salvation to the uttermost. He says it saves us in the midst of all situations. Christ overcomes every resistance and stronghold we may face. Here is Clarke on this verse.

“Because he is an everlasting priest, and has offered the only available sacrifice, he is able to save, from the power, guilt, nature, and punishment of sin, to the uttermost, to all intents, degrees, and purposes; and always, and in and through all times, places, and circumstances; for all this is implied in the original word: but in and through all times seems to be the particular meaning here, because of what follows, he ever liveth to make intercession for them; this depends on the perpetuity of his priesthood, and the continuance of his mediatorial office.”
So whatever you have done, wherever you have been, or whatever you are facing; the love of Christ seen in Christ’s work as our Heavenly High Priest is more than sufficient. He saves us all to the uttermost.

OUR FATHER’S DAY BLESSING

MERRY MONDAY-“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.” (Hebrews 7:1-3 ESV)

The April before Katrina my father passed away. Looking back I can say that I am so thankful that he didn’t see Katrina or have to endure his illness in the months following. This past Sunday all four of our children called or visited with Frank to tell him they loved him for Father’s Day, in the middle of either sadness over missing our fathers or gladness of having one we can celebrate most of all— our HEAVENLY FATHER.
We see Abraham got His Father’s blessing. The Apostle declares that he was without father, without mother, without descent. He must mean by this that He is mysterious and unknown; that He stands across time without introduction, a vivid and transient figure expressing in one brief glance the aspects which God would reveal to us concerning His Son. His name in Hebrew signifies King of Righteousness; His political position was that of King of Salem, which signified peace, His official character was that of a priest. Christ becomes our priest and king, and He brings us His righteousness and peace.
A.B. Simpson goes onto to say: As our priest He settles for us the question of sin, and secures our spiritual standing and privileges with God; as our king He protects us, subdues us, governs us and guides us, and conquers our enemies and His. He brings to us his justifying and sanctifying righteousness, and becomes to us the Lord, our righteousness. And He will bless his people with peace. His sprinkled blood pacifies the guilty conscience. His pardoning love brings us into peace with God. His gentle Spirit breathes upon our hearts his rest. His bosom offers us repose for every care and fear, and in the inner chamber of His presence we find the peace that passeth all understanding.”
I find that the more I relinquish to Him I too can yield the fruit of peace love and joy. It comes when I yield to Him in my worship and submission. I love to take my walks outside raising my hands in worship for my Melchizedek visits me on a daily basis! He is a great High Priest, my supreme and glorious King. There is nothing more pleasant to me to know that He covered me with His righteousness, and become my sanctification. When I hear of the nation being over taken by others, I can have peace for the government rests upon His shoulders and his kingdom is without end. Today I will sit at the footstool of His throne and receive Him as the Prince of Peace! This is my Father’s Day blessing indeed.

THE HEAVENLY INTERCESSOR

Heb. 7:25 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.

Have you ever thought about the intercessory prayers of Jesus? No, really! Have you ever thought about the power and effect of His prayers? Have you thought about what He prays for and why? We can get a good idea of His prayers from John’s account of His prayer in Gethsemane. The sense of His prayer was that He wanted us to experience the same intimate relationship with the Father that He had enjoyed from eternity. This prayer was answered by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church beginning on the day of Pentecost. It is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit that brings us to the place of power and intimacy our hearts have longed for. So if you really think about it, the heavenly priesthood and intercessory prayers of Jesus are aimed at bringing us into the fulness of the Spirit. Here are some observations that Andrew Murray made about the heavenly ministry of Jesus.

“In His life on earth, Christ began His work as intercessor. Think of the high-priestly prayer on behalf of His disciples and all those who should through them believe in His name. Think of His words to Peter, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail”. This shows how intensely personal His intercession is. Even on the cross He spoke as intercessor: “Father, forgive them”. “Now that Christ is seated at God’s right hand, He continually intercedes for us as our great High Priest. But with the difference that He gives His people the power to take part in it. Seven times in His farewell discourse Jesus repeated the assurance that He would do what they asked. The power of heaven was to be at the disciples’ disposal. The grace and power of God waited for their bidding. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit they would know the will of God. They would learn in faith to pray in His name. He would present their petition to the Father, and through His and their united intercession the church would be clothed with the power of the Spirit.”

This is quite amazing, Jesus not only prays for us, He has also sent the Holy Spirit to pray through us. We don’t even know how to pray for ourselves, the heavenly INTERCESSOR sends the Holy Spirit to pray for us by praying through us. What a powerful reality. Christ praying for us to receive the Spirit, then the Spirit comes in answer to His prayer; finally, the Holy Spirit prays through us with heavenly words. What an awesome God! I drink of His presence, open my mouth in worship and prayer, the rest is up to Him. Pray in the Spirit and you will step into the awesome orchestra of Christ’s heavenly prayer.

UTTERMOST

UTTERMOST

Heb. 7:25 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.

Sometimes you just can’t beat the King James Bible. The old words somehow carry an ability to describe things in a very powerful way. For example in today’s verse we see the word “uttermost”. He is able to save us to the uttermost. The greek word is panteles. It has the connotation of perfectly, completely, and perpetually. I love the shades of meaning in this verse in the Amplified Bible. Heb. 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity)… How can Christ do this for us? This verse goes on to say that “He ever liveth to make intercession”. He is praying for me and representing me before the Father. He is saving me to the uttermost. Andrew Murray had great insight into this life behind the veil initiated by Christ. Check this out.

“The great complaint of Christians is that their experience is so changeful – that the blessed sense of God’s love and grace passes away, and that what they know of the keeping, cleansing power of Christ does not last; the sense of nearness to God does not abide continually. It is somehow as if there is a necessity of its being lost. With change of circumstances, alas, comes too often change in the nearness of God and His saving power. Could what Christ does for them at times but be maintained continuously, could it but abide, – their joy would be full, their salvation complete. We have here the very promise such Christians need. Because he abideth for ever, because He ever liveth to make intercession, because He is a Priest for ever, who exercises every function of His office in an endless life-power, that never for a moment intermits its action, He is able to save completely. In Himself He has been perfected for evermore, with Himself He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. The salvation He has wrought out is a life in the opened sanctuary of God’s presence in the power of God’s Spirit; all that is needed is that the believer be kept abiding for ever, ever living in this salvation-life which Jesus has opened up. And this he can do, when once he learns to trust to Jesus for it, because he understands that He ever liveth to make intercession.”

How does this teaching effect us in our everyday life? Since Jesus has entered into the Father’s presence with His blood to represent me, I can come boldly into the Father’s presence. This is not just a one time or an occasional visit, we have been introduced to a new and living way. We now have a new life behind the veil. Whatever areas you have struggled with in the past you now have forgiveness and much more than forgiveness. He is able to save to the uttermost. We are no longer bound by our past but set free into this new and living way, into this life behind the veil.

PRIEST FOREVER

PRIEST FOREVER

Heb. 7:8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

One of the first tests we all have to pass in our Christian walk is the decision to tithe. I am grateful to God that I was taught about the importance and sacredness of the tithe as a new Christian. In my interview at Bible School (I had been saved two weeks when I enrolled) the director asked me if I was a tither (I had no idea what he was talking about). As he picked up on my greenness, he graciously taught me about the tithe. I love that story. My wife and I had just gotten married with seven hundred dollars to our name. As I sat in the director’s office learning about the tithe, I realized I had seventy dollars left after I paid my school tuition. I joyfully (with a little fear and trembling) deposited my first tithe in the tithe box that afternoon. My adventure had started, I was yielding my self to God, He began delivering on all the promises I inherited as His son. He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ. Andrew Murray talks about the connection to these promises to the tithe.

“These are indeed the spiritual blessings in the heavenlies with which God hath blessed us in Christ and which, as High Priest, Christ dispenses. He brings us to the Father, and we learn to know that He blesses and keep us. In Him, the Son, God’s face shines upon us, and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is our portion. In Him God lifts up His countenance upon us, and, by the Holy Spirit, give His peace unto our hearts. Christ the High Priest makes every part of this blessing a divine reality, a living experience in the power of a life that abides continually. Christ gives us the blessing, we give Him the tithes. The tithes to God are an acknowledgement of His right to all. Our High Priest has a right to the surrender of all we have, as belonging to Him, to the willing sacrifice of all He asks or needs for His service. The connection between the tithes and the blessing is closer than we know. The more unreservedly we place all that we have at His disposal, the more we in very deed forsake all for His sake, the richer will our experience be of the fulness and the power which our High Priest can bless.”

Parris and I have been tithers for forty years this coming August. The Lord has truly opened up the windows of heaven over our lives again, again, and again. As ministers of the gospel we not only tithe but we live off of the tithe. The Lord has surrounded us with faithful believers who love The Lord and love His work. Their commitment to The Lord through the tithe enable us to fulfill our calling. We are grateful.

MESSAGE FROM MRS. LAMB

MESSAGE FROM MRS. LAMB

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
Heb.7:1-3

I will never forget the lessons I learned and experiences that I had as a new Christian in the fall of 1973. Parris and I were newly married, moved to California, and enrolled in Bible School. Those first days there were a struggle, getting enrolled, locating housing, just getting settled. Like everyone else I needed a job, quick. I put in several applications and worked in the vineyards for several days but we were running out of money. My appointment with the Bible School director arrived and I went in for my interview. As my appointment was coming to a close he prayed for me and then he asked me a strange question, “Have you tithed yet?” I had never heard that word, tithe, “What is a tithe?” The director gently answered me, “The tithe is the first tenth of our income, it belongs to the Lord”. Suddenly I was doing calculations in my head. Parris and I got married with a total of seven hundred dollars between us, I knew I had three twenties and a ten in my wallet. What a strange coincidence. Parris and I had a quick conversation after the appointment, and our life of tithing began. We gave our last seventy dollars and began to walk across campus. We had an empty wallet but our hearts were full, we were waiting to see the provision of God. Halfway back to our trailer, someone cried out to me “Are you Frank Bailey? I think there is a message from Mrs. Lamb waiting for you in the office.” For a new Christian, this had to be a sign from God. I had heard about the Lamb of God and I knew this message was from Him. We headed to the office, called Mrs. Lamb, and found out I could start work tomorrow at K- Mart. Jehovah Jireh had begun to reveal Himself to me.
It has been a long time since that first tithe and the message from Mrs. Lamb. This event was a major lesson in my life as a Christian. The lesson was this, the lord is directing my path, He owns everything and my tithing acknowledges that, and He is faithful and waiting to supply all of my need. Have you learned the lesson from Mrs. Lamb? In uncertain times, tithing is more critical than ever, it put us in a place of safety and dependence on the Lord.