Maybe not the most famous, but possibly the most misunderstood, last words are those of Jesus upon the cross.
He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
What is finished, though?
Most will agree that He was referring to the atonement for sin. The sacrifice of a sinless person paid the penalty for all mankind’s sins for all time. An amazing, awesome thing, and more than enough for us.
Yet the longer I live, the more I get to know Him, the more I see that there is so much more that He accomplished. Here’s what I’ve seen so far:
Curses are finished.
Disease is finished.
Poverty is finished.
Bondage to satan is finished.
Separation from God is finished.
The old man is finished.
Sin is finished.
Death is finished.
Guilt is finished.
Shame is finished.
Condemnation is finished.
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Fellowship with God is restored.
Freedom from bondage is ours.
Righteousness is ours.
So are wisdom, grace, and every fruit of the Spirit.
Because we are born again into His kingdom, a new creation, we are overcomers.
In fact, we are more than overcomers.
Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are restored to the relationship and position that Adam forfeited in Eden’s garden. Think about that one for a while.
This is the rest we enter into upon salvation!
In I John 4, we are told that God’s seed remains in us, and we don’t sin! So being a ‘sinner saved by grace’ is hogwash. Demon dung! Yeah, we were sinners, but now we are a new creation, the children of God, perfect and righteous and holy, just as He is. (Another lie bites the dust!)
The redemption of mankind was finished that day on Calvary!
Every facet, every part of our being was set free of sin and its effects!
It’s all done! Complete!
God don’t mess around! When He does something, He does it well, and He does it thoroughly.
So there’s nothing that’s not done, that needs to be fixed by us!
Why then, do we struggle so much?
Because we don’t understand that it is ALL finished! We think it’s something that’s only partially done, and we have to do the rest by ourselves!
After all, isn’t that what it says in Phil 2:12?
Ah, but Phil. 2:13 …
This ‘working out of our salvation’ is simply learning the truth of His finished work! It is not us changing ourselves. It is us allowing God to work in us to change us, to set us free (which is His good pleasure!).
As this truth of the finished work of Christ becomes real to us, it sets us free!
It changes us into His image, restores us to that position Adam had.
The position we hold from the moment of our rebirth into His family becomes real to us. (It was always real to God.)
Because we live in time, these changes happen over time. But God lives outside of time, and in Him, it’s finished!
May you be blessed with His truth in your inward man!
May what He has finished become more real for (and in) you!
And may you rest in His completed work!
(I was going to include scripture references for all this but decided it’s too much work. Besides, if you find a truth yourself – with Holy Spirit’s help – it is more real to you. Happy hunting!)