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FINISHED WOTK OF CHRIST IS ALL WE NEED OR GOD NEEDS?

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What is Finished, with the “Finished Work of Christ”?

By Bill Snell

When Christ was on the cross drawing His last human breaths, He said, “it is finished”.  Well, was it, or wasn’t it?  If “it” was finished, what was “it”?

Understanding the glorious message of God’s abundant grace toward all believers isn’t new.  It may be new to many, but it certainly isn’t new like some modern, novel movement within the church that is fashionable for a short time.

This short excerpt from a message preached in 1861, in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, in Newington, England, by the Rev. Octavius Winslow, D.D., has become one of my favorite on this subject:

“What a spring of comfort flows from it to the true Believer amid his innumerable failures, flaws, and imperfections. What service do you perform, what duty do you discharge of which you can say, “It is finished”? Alas, not one! Your service is imperfect, your obedience is incomplete, your love is fluctuating, yes, upon it all are the visible marks of human defilement and defect. But here is the work which God most delights in, “finished.” “You are complete in Him.”

“If Christ’s Atoning work is finished, what folly and what sin to attempt to supplement it! What vast numbers are doing this! Away with your tears, your confessions, your duties, your charities, even your repentance and faith, if these things dare to take their place side by side with the finished work of Christ! See that you attempt to add nothing to it.”

Jesus cried out before His last gasps of breath on the cross, “tetelestai” – it is finished!  He meant what He said, and all created order was stunned by the proclamation.  If what He said was not true, He would not have been raised from the dead and our faith would be futile! (1 Cor. 15:17)

But, since He was raised from the dead, everything is different, literally “all things have become new” for those who are in Christ.

Please notice the chasm between what we were and what we are now as people of faith.  There is literally no grey areas.  Don’t dismiss the finality, the implications, and the metamorphosis of the New Creation in Christ:

1.             Either my sins are pardoned and fully dealt with or I am guilty and condemned. (Colossians 2:13-14)

2.             Either I am now the righteousness of God in Christ, or I am not righteous at all and I am separated from Holy God (2 Cor. 5:21)

3.             Either I am fully justified before God through the cleansing power of Jesus blood, or I am declared a sinner before the courts of heaven and I have no hope of entrance (Romans 5:1)

4.             Either I have been given all things pertaining to life and Godliness through Christ, or I have no Godliness and my righteousness is as filthy rags. (2 Peter 1:3)

5.             Either I am fully sanctified, having been placed in right relationship with God, fully reconciled to Him, or I have no relationship with God and I am without hope that I can ever sanctify myself for His purpose and pleasure. (1 Cor. 1;2; 6:11; Hebrews 2:11; 10:10,14)

6.             Either my sin nature (old man) died with Christ, or it is still alive, and I am owned and condemned by my sin (Romans 6:6)

7.             Either I am accepted in the Beloved, or I am rejected by Him (Eph. 1:6)

8.             Either I am a Son of the living God (Sperma), or I am a child of disobedience governed by Satan himself, and am an alien to the commonwealth of the Kingdom of God (Romans 9:8; 1 John 3:9)

9.             Either I am saved and have been granted eternal life, full and abundant, or I’m lost, and I am still in my trespasses and sins. (1 John 5:13-14; John 3:16)

10.          Either I am complete in Him and lacking in nothing, or I am incomplete and I am lacking in everything. (Colossians 2:10)

11.          Either I am in Christ and He is in me, or I am not in Christ and He is not living in me (Colossians 1:27)

12.          Either I am the temple of the Holy Spirit where the Great I Am lives in union with me, or I am nothing but a white washed sepulcher (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

13.          Either I am under grace as a recipient of the New Covenant between God and His beloved Son, or I am under the ministry of death, which is the Law, and grace is beyond my reach. (Romans 6:14; 2 Cor. 3:7-11)

 

Religions and religious minded men simply do not trust “the finished work of Christ” as being fully satisfying to the Father, and sufficient for our transformation as believers.

Mixture of human performance is therefore added to Christ’s completed work demanding to all that we must be diligent in doing our part so as to prove to God we are still believing, still trying, still confessing, still repenting, still doing our very best for the Master.  But what happens to those who fail in their efforts to please God?  Who determines who and what pleases Him by behavioral performance?  Do we grade ourselves on the curve?

The word is certainly clear about your part – simply believe and receive.  We are also instructed to walk by faith, not by sight.

As Dr. Winslow said, back in 1861,

“If Christ’s Atoning work is finished, what folly and what sin to attempt to supplement it! What vast numbers are doing this! Away with your tears, your confessions, your duties, your charities, even your repentance and faith, if these things dare to take their place side by side with the finished work of Christ! See that you attempt to add nothing to it.”

Here is my conclusion:

If Jesus didn’t do it for you, it didn’t need to be done!

If He did do it for you, it is because you could not do it for yourself!

This truth is a game-changer!  Application – live out your life as a Christian, fully secure, accepted in the Beloved, and bathed in the reality of Christ’s righteous, holy, sanctified, resurrected life in you.  He is your hope of glory, and nothing else.

A life based on human effort seeks to imitate God, but maturity and victory is a result of believing the truth about what Christ has done.  It is finished – everything!  You are complete in Him

One Response to “FINISHED WOTK OF CHRIST IS ALL WE NEED OR GOD NEEDS?”

  1. WOTK ALSO MEANS WORK,,,LOL


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