Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Situated in the midst of an elaboration on how Jesus’ priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek and superior to the Levitical priesthood is this statement.
This verse begins with the word Therefore, which means that I need to look back to the last full thought immediately preceding. When I do, I find that the writer of Hebrews states that the Levitical priests existed in greater numbers because their mortality prevented them from continuing to minister as priests. The writer states that Jesus, on the other hand, holds His priesthood forever because He is not limited by mortality. So, it is because of Jesus’ eternally abiding priesthood that He is able the save to the uttermost.
The nest question I ask of the verse is who Jesus can thus save. Those who draw near to God through Him. This breaks the whole of humanity down into two camps: those who draw near through Christ and those who do not. Those who draw near through Christ are saved. Those who do not draw near through Christ are not saved. It does not matter if they approach God some other way, as God made an example of the priests who brought strange fire by destroying them on the spot. It does not matter if one tries to have recourse to The Law, because The Law has made nothing (and no one) perfect (v19). The only way to be saved is through Christ.
Father God, thank You for sending Christ to save me. Thank You for establishing a priesthood that could also be a king in recording Abraham’s interaction with Melchizedek. Please cause me to draw near to Christ that I might draw near to You as well. Jesus, please intercede on my behalf that I might be acceptable and be saved, not only from wrath, but also from my own sins and failures.