Many believers do not appropriate these truths and live in a kind of spiritual poverty. Many believers think these beautiful truths are only for the future – yet this is a finished work of Christ and is our current position – in Him.
For the one who has placed their trust in Jesus for salvation, and rested their eternal destiny on His finished work at Calvary, the Bible is the divine authority, upon which our lives should be founded.
But for those who have broken free from the bondage of man-made rules, and trust in Christ’s finished work alone, discover the Bible to be their sole Source of divine authority and the singular sufficiency for every aspect of their Christian life.
But God preordained that all who believe in Jesus are fully accepted in His beloved Son. The peace and love and acceptance of God is only through His beloved Son. Without assurance of this precious fact, many live a life of daily dissatisfaction. Without confidence in His Word, many spend their years in constant mistrust. If the failing beauty of a wife doesn’t influence the ardor of a devoted husband, how much more God’s never-failing acceptance is of the believer in Christ. God’s acceptance of you and His acceptance of me is based on one thing – the finished work of the Lord Jesus, on Calvary’s cross: being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He is unchanged and the unchangeable God forever. His acceptance of you and of me rests on the finished work, accomplished by Christ.
God accepted Christ’s finished sacrifice, and because of that He accepts us. God accepted the finished work of the cross, and because of that He accepts us. God accepts US because we are IN-Christ – we are accepted in the Beloved. Our acceptance is based on one fact – we are accepted because we are in CHRIST.
We have done nothing and can do nothing to merit acceptance by God in Christ. Acceptance is a gift that is freely available – to all and any who believe on Jesus. Acceptance by God depends on faith in Christ – trusting His finished work.
We are free, by the finished work of the Cross, from the domination of the man who is now so repugnant to us, and we discover with untold delight that the One who so attracted our hearts is our very life. -C.A.C.
Yet we have an assurance from Scripture that our salvation in Christ, is secure. Security in our salvation is locked into Christ’s finished work – in time and eternity.
Assurance and eternal security is probably the most comforting doctrine for believers- for our security rests in Christ’s finished work and to doubt it can be devastating.
To add anything to the finished work of Christ is to say His death was insufficient.
To add anything to Christ’s sacrifice is to deny His triumphant cry – it is finished.
The Father is Satisfied
To suggest that believers can add anything to Christ’s finished work is blasphemy. To suggest we can do anything to lose salvation is to minimise His work on the cross. To suggest we lose our salvation is to elevate our power above the sovereignty of God – Christ’s finished work satisfied the Father – it is impertinence to suggest otherwise.
Grace Thru Faith
John and Paul taught that salvation is by God’s grace alone – thru faith alone. The modern teaching adds repentance as a work – as an extra requirement – as an addition that has to be added to the finished work of the cross – if man is to be saved, which would require a sinner to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ AND also repent.
When anything other than believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is added to the finished work of the cross, it means that Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary was insufficient – and the only way to resolve this issue is to apply the correct meaning to the word – repent. Remember – the correct meaning ‘repent’ – is to ‘change…’ We must not use the incorrect meaning of the word’ repent’, which is often taught as going through a process of listing all our sins – as an addition to believing on Christ.
Complete in Him
To often however believers try to add something to Christ, as they did in Colossae, but when anything is added to the finished work of Christ it threatens our purity. We are complete in Him and purified in Him but all additions introduce a pollutant.
Forgiveness not only covers forgiving those that have deeply wronged us, but sometimes we too need to accept that we have been truly forgiven. Guilt often suffocates the breath of life that came from the cross announcing :- “It Is Finished”
Lamb of God
He was betrayed by one of His closest friends, and was sold for 30 pieces of silver. He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and was identified as the chosen Lamb of God. He hung on a tree with His hands and feet pierced, and He cried, “It is finished”. His garments were divided among the soldiers and they cast lots for His clothes.
God breaks the heads of Leviathan – that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan – which deceiveth the whole world.. I will break the pride of your power – and – Jesus said… It is Finished…Ps.74:14 Rev.12:9 Lev.26:19 John 19:30
“went about doing good” Jesus healed… “all who were oppressed by the devil” Why?… “for God was with Him.” Are we ‘doing good’ by trusting in our own righteousness? Or do we rest on His finished work? Are we following His example?
Legalism and seeking to merit God’s favour by producing good works in ones own flesh is an impossibility for God is only pleased with one thing – the finished work of Christ, and that is apprehended by believers who live the grace-faith-promise way.
Resting in Christ
Let us not be like the Galatians who deliberately put themselves back under the condemnation, by trying to please God in their own strength instead of resting in the liberty of Christ’s finished work – He fulfilled all the requirements of the Law on our behalf through His sacrifice.
Adequacy in Christ
We must not let anything rob us of our understanding of our adequacy in Christ. The foolish philosophies of the world can rob us on this scriptural truth. Religious cults that belittle Christ’s deity can cloud your mind of this truth. Current trends to add to the finished work of Christ rob you of this truth. Legalistic traditions of man can draw you away from appropriating this truth. False doctrines being taught in many churches can deflect this understanding. Such teaching robs us of the true perspective of all that Christ is in each of our lives.
He must be accepted for He is the minister of God’s grace. He is God’s unspeakable gift of grace – He is the alpha and omega of peace. For as many as received CHRIST; the Messiah of Israel – Son of God and Son of Man; the giver of Life and Light of the world – the author and finisher of our faith…. to as many as received HIM to them was given the power to become sons of God – even to them that BELIEVE in His name – and trust in His finished work.
And that free gift of grace to believers opens the floodgates of God’s rich blessings. All who trust God’s Word are blessed to call God’s Son – OUR Lord Jesus Christ. All who put their faith in His finished work can call Him – MY Jesus; MY Saviour. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… Who has blessed US…
The Father’s blessing are as certain as our salvation.The Father’s blessings are as sure as Christ’s finished work.
although it’s final manifestation is indeed future. It is a completed and finished fact in your life and in mine – as a child of God. Just as Christ defeated death and Satan, as once and for all he cried, It Is Finished… so these truths are accomplished and finished in your life and in mine.
You are now accepted In the Beloved. You are accepted In Christ. You are complete in Him, Who Himself is perfect” There is nothing anyone of us can do to make ourselves perfect, for He has done it all – and it is finished.
One may have a measure of relief and the assurance of eternal security because we trust the shed Blood and His finished work on the Cross, but when we come to divine favor and the reality of the Christian life, that is all connected with a Person, and inseparable from that Person. -C.A.C.
If you have even one doubt about the provision of God, you are in this category. If you have a question-mark over the promises of God, this applies to you, too. If you doubt God’s love or question your security in Christ, you deny His cross.. for these are wrong perceptions of Christ’s finished work on the Cross – this is an incorrect understanding of all God’s attributes – His justice and love.
If you can run over in your mind and find one single blessing with which God might bless us today, with which He has not already blessed us, then what He told Paul is not true at all, because He said, God hath....' It is all done, It is finished.' God hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies!
There are three vital factors that will keep us on the path, and in the power, of spiritual growth: (1) study to know that God's purpose in saving us is to conform us to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:28, 29); (2) learn to reckon upon the finished work of the Cross as His provision for that purpose (Rom. 6:11); (3) yield to the Holy Spirit as He carries out the daily process of that purpose (2 Cor. 4:11).
Yet at the very point that He gave His spirit into the safekeeping of God He could cry out the greatest victory cry of all, “it is finished?” How could this be – How could this possibly be – How could He call “It is Finished” – if the work was yet to be completed?
To a large extent, we will be pawns of the devil until we stand on the specific facts of the Bible and assert, I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, and am a new creation in Him on the basis of the finished work of Calvary.
It was by God’s grace we are saved and by God’s grace we are sealed. It was God the Father that saved us and the Father that sealed us – through Christ. The Father sealed us and gave us the Spirit to guarantee His finished work in us. He sought us and saved us and sealed us by grace – through faith in Christ. It all comes back to grace – it all comes back to Christ – for in Him is all grace.
We are to rely on His work on the cross to save us from sin and death and hell. We are to depend on His finished work as sufficient to reunite us with a holy God. We’re to trust in Him alone – to have faith alone in Christ alone and what He did for us. This is the good news of the gospel of grace which centres on Christ’s finished work on that cross – and the fact that He rose from the dead to accomplish our full salvation.
God uses everything to work toward fulfilling His plan and purpose. And despite the mess we make of our lives, as did the first Adam, God’s original purpose will be completed in Christ Jesus, Who is the second Adam. It is finished
His eternal existence was rudely interrupted with His birth into a race of fallen men. The glory He shared with God was set aside, for a time – as He tabernacled on earth. The glorious relationship with His Father was temporarily terminated for 3 dreadful hours of deep darkness, as He paid for your sin and mine so He could cry – IT IS FINISHED.
It all centres around believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross, for apart from Calvary there is no forgiveness of sin – no salvation – no heaven. Man’s assumption is inevitably that I must win my way to heaven by my good deeds. God’s criteria is believe on the finished work of Christ crucified – and nothing else. The one point men seem to forget is that we are all sinners and estranged from God. Sin is the one thing that separates man from God.
The punishment that we deserved was cancelled, for Another paid the price. It was God's plan from eternity past that the Lord Jesus would cancel the record of the charges against us and take it away by nailing it to the cross - and for those who believe in His name, it is FINISHED.
They are a new creation in Christ and they have been called and chosen to be His sons and daughters simply because they believe on the only begotten Son of God and the finished work of Salvation that was carried out, by Him, on Calvary’s cross.
But by a simple act of faith in Christ's finished work at Calvary we have been lifted out of this shocking state of eternal slavery and transferred into Christ's glorious kingdom of everlasting light and life - the kingdom of God's only beloved Son.
It is not God's will that any should perish but that all should come to a faith in Christ's finished work at Calvary, and so God planned and purposed to give His one and only begotten Son to become the one and only Saviour to a world of lost sinners..
Their salvation is by grace through faith in Christ's finished work on the cross, and forgiveness of sins and eternal life are two of many heavenly benefits that every sinner receives - by grace, through faith in the only begotten Son of God.
It was faith in Christ's finished work that saved us when we first trusted in Him as Saviour - for His shed blood paid the price for our sins, (saving us from the penalty of sin), and His resurrected life, which is imparted to us has by His Spirit, made us a new creation in Christ, (so that we are saved from the power of sin in our lives).
But reconciliation can only be accessed by faith in His finished work.
It is not faith in faith - but faith in the finished work of Christ.
It is not faith in faith that saves us but faith in the finished work of Christ on Calvary's cross.
Being reconciled to God does not depend on what we do but rests entirely on what Christ has already done - and by simply trusting that His finished work on the cross has paid the full price for our sin, we are reconciled back to God; we have peace with Him and are regarded as blameless in His sight.
When legalism is adopted as a requirement for righteousness, the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is our righteousness, is abandoned. When circumcision is insisted upon as necessary for salvation, the gospel of grace is nullified, for works of the Law have been added to Christ's finished work of Grace on the cross.
God testified to pre-cross Israel as well as to the post-cross Church in every way possible to bring us to faith in Christ's finished work on Calvary - for it is not His will that any should perish but that all come to faith in Him.
God in the Person of Jesus Christ came to earth and was born into His own creation so that all who believe in His finished work on Calvary's cross, for the forgiveness of sin might be forgiven - and have eternal life.
It was one act of disobedience that placed us under God's eternal condemnation, and one act of willing obedience, that brought justification of life to all men - and it is received simply by faith in the finished work of Christ.
A day is coming when God will remove the veil that has been shrouding the eyes of the nations, ever since they cried out: “we will not have this Man to rule over us.” But for the time being, we in the Church age, who are part of Christ’s Body: (the Church), have recognised the Lord Jesus as our God and Saviour – and rejoice in our salvation and benefit from Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross – on our account.
Paul recognized Israel's zeal for the Lord and yet also pointed out that they based their righteousness on 'doing' the works of the Law rather that 'believing' in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
Paul described the Man Whom God had appointed to judge the world but he did not mention the name of Jesus Who died to pay the penalty for sin and Who would save them by grace through faith in His finished work at Calvary.
Salvation is not dependent on any type of legalistic practices but on grace alone by faith alone in Christ's finished work alone.
But sadly today many religions denominations, Jewish practices and other works of the flesh are being added to the glorious gospel of Christ and His finished work on Calvary by certain legalistic groups as a nescessary requirement for salvation.
The Lord Jesus effected reconciliation through His death on the cross, when He shed His human life-blood for us, and NOTHING can be added to His finished work of reconciliation. NONE of the religious rules and regulations; appealing philosophies; human commands; Jewish procedures or aesthetic practices, however appealing, can be added to Christ's finished work - for they are nothing more than human commands and doctrines, and irrelevant to our salvation.
It Is Finished was Christ’s cry of profound significance and ultimate joy, which must have resounded throughout the entire universe as the Lord Jesus pronounced His triumphant victory over sin, Satan and death.
And when He completed all things He shouted in triumphant victory, It Is Finished.
Though higher critics delight to scrutinise scriptures in an attempt to spiritualise the Word or discover some small place of discrepancy, while other foolish and liberal-minded men attempt to discover some scriptural contradiction, in order to discredit the Word God and His Christ, we can stand firm on Christ’s finished Work - for He is the end of the Law and the fulfilment of all prophecy - in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.
Post-cross believers similarly are saved by God’s grace through faith – to Christ. They – pre-cross (Old Covenant saints), looked forward to the coming Saviour and the cross, while we – post-cross (New Covenant saints) look back, to the finished work of Jesus Christ – the living, risen, ascended and glorified Word of God.
Christ's finished work on the cross was declared to be sufficient by the Father, and the final triumphant cry: IT IS FINISHED, was announced by the Lord Jesus Himself - before He gave up His spirit into the safe-keeping of the Father.
How sad that having heard and believed the saving message of the cross and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ's finished work alone as written in the Scriptures, that many today follow this same pattern or reverting to legalism or seek to impose the restrictions of the Law on their brothers and sisters in Christ.
We were not saved by works of the Law but by believing on the finished work of Christ - nor can we live our life by attempting to keep the Law.
for He looked into the inner recesses of this man's heart and began to answer the hidden question that disturbed his inner being: 'what must I do to be saved?' He would find out that all that needed to happen was to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - and he would be spiritually born from above - for as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the perfect Son of Man (the eternal Son of God) be lifted up..so that Nicodemus, together with all who trust in Christ's finished work at Calvary might be saved.
Although this appears to suggest that our eternal salvation depends on US holding fast to the end, this cannot be the case, or Christ’s finished work on the cross would be insufficient, and our salvation would depend on US holding fast to the end, rather than Christ's finished work on the cross.
It is the man or woman that recognises their own insufficiency but has confidence in Christ’s sufficiency that can draw near with faith, in prayer and in praise.It is the one that has been washed by His cleansing flood and covered in His garment of righteousness that has boldness to enter into the holiest of all – and by virtue of His finished work and unchanging Word we are fully persuaded that we are accepted in the beloved and that God, Who started a good work in us, will complete it in the day of Christ Jesus.It is not our physical bodies that are to be sprinkled with this cleansing stream or immersed in the pure waters of separation but our inner beings.
But if anything is added to Christ's finished work on the cross, or if anything is omitted from the full, final and finished substitutionary work at Calvary, it renders Christ sacrifice of Himself as both redundant and irrelevant.
There is nothing that needs to be added to Christ's finished work on the cross, and there is nothing that we can do to make our salvation more secure than it already is - for in Christ we are saved as a free gift of grace, by believing: Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day.
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone - for there is no other way to the Father, except through the SON, Who gave His life as a ransom for all who would believe in Him.
Like so many believers today, the Galatian Christians were being urged by Jewish legalists to add works of the Mosaic Law to Christ's finished work on the cross..
using the strongest possible language, in defence of justification by faith in Christ's finished work on Calvary's cross - alone.
for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified in God's sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin - but faith in Christ's finished work alone justifies the sinner.
Faith in Christ's finished work alone causes sinners to be made right with God.
and through the teaching of the apostle Paul, God demands that we too recognises that Salvation is His free gift of grace to all who will trust in Christ's finished work at Calvary- But many sincere people find God's grace too shocking and inconceivable that they feel the only recourse is to revert back to the Law - which was give by God as an example of what the righteous Law demanded - but was NEVER as a formula on how to be saved.
Despite Israel's rejection of their Messiah-King, Paul is giving full assurance that God's gracious offer of salvation by grace through faith in Christ finished work, is wide open to both Jew and Gentiles alike and he gave the assurance to both Israel and the nations: if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Because we simply believed in this finished work we were catapulted into the family of God and His eternal kingdom; clothed in His righteousness; made to sit in heavenly places and given an inheritance eternally secured in heaven – for us.
He was there when Christ shouted, “It is finished!' and he was one who witnessed the empty tomb - The apostle John was also among those present when the resurrected Lord Jesus appeared to His disciples in the upper room and proclaimed: it is I be not afraid.
This is a non-negotiable, scriptural fact – and knowing God and trusting in the finished work of the true historical, scriptural Jesus Christ is life – eternal life – everlasting life - abundant life, for the Lord Jesus Christ ALONE is the Jesus - the Son of the living God.
And all that humanity has to do to receive this eternal gift of Salvation is to believe on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father.
Those of us who believes this by faith are justified; saved; redeemed, declared righteous, positioned in Christ, clothed in His righteousness, in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, and have been given a whole host of other supernatural and eternal benefits, simply by believing on the finished work of Christ at Calvary, for He died for our sin according to the scriptures, was buried and rose again according to the scriptures.
Christ triumphantly declared on the cross 'Telestai.' The price of sin paid in full. 'It is finished' and He did it on our account. Because we are already saved, we are to be removed, in the rapture, before this terrible time, and will be with the Lord forever.
on behalf of all who trust in His name - when He cried out in triumph: it is finished..
And although Satan remains forever a defeated enemy in the life of all who trust in His finished work on Calvary - that evil and malicious serpentine enemy, who is called the devil and Satan, will continue his aggressive onslaught against all who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb.
As fellow-believers who have trusted in the finished work of Christ on the cross, we are all partakers of God's heavenly grace, for we who were once dead in our trespasses and sins and estranged from God by sin, have been forgiven of our sins, and brought near to His throne of grace - through faith in Christ Jesus our Saviour.
He further highlights the problem of Legalism, which insists that good works are added as an additional requirement for salvation, rather than recognising that Christ’s finished work at Calvary is sufficient.
He denounces Asceticism and severe self-discipline as a means of gaining God’s favour, rather than salvation being a free gift of God’s grace, by faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus.
It is a mystery that was planned in eternity past; a mystery that came to fruition when we trusted in Christ's finished work at Calvary; a mystery that caused heaven to rejoice and hell to tremble - the mystery of Christ and His Church, which was given to us through Paul - Christ in you the hope of glory.
It is a mystery that was planned in eternity past; a mystery that came to fruition when we trusted in Christ's finished work at Calvary; a mystery that caused heaven to rejoice and hell to tremble - the mystery of Christ and His Church, which was given to us through Paul - Christ in you the hope of glory.
God has purposed that whether we live or die, our future in Christ is an unbreakable guarantee, because the finished work of Calvary paid the price of our salvation in FULL - and God is satisfied in HIM.
Yet the gospel of grace is so unfathomable that it staggers the minds of men and angels, that God should send His only begotten Son to die for the sin of a world at enmity with Himself - so that all who believe in His finished work at Calvary's cross would be saved, and become be His adoptive sons, and heirs of His kingdom.
Ruth looked forward to the coming, of her promised kinsman-redeemer as she sat quietly and waited, and we look back to God's greatest gift of love, Christ's finished work on Calvary's Cross - for Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews, Saviour of the world and only begotten Son of God is our own perfect Kinsman Redeemer.
Having been given a breath-taking description of our privileged position in Christ and the astonishing benefits of trusting His finished work on the cross for our salvation, Paul outlines the importance of being spirit-filled and walking in holiness, before guiding us through the process of its practical application in our every day lives and in particular in connection with the relationships that we have with one another.
It is only through His sacrifice on the cross; faith in His finished work and humble submission to His authority in our lives, that we will become established in the faith and overcome the perils of the flesh.
Having outlined the frailty of man's flesh and the mysterious glory of Christ's cross, Paul reaches his climactic conclusion, that anyone that is in union with Christ by believing that His finished work on Calvary was the price that was paid for their own sins - has been made new.
Man can add nothing to Christ's finished work and not one of us can do anything to merit God's favour.
Salvation is by faith alone in Christ's finished work ALONE. Fallen man can do nothing to make himself more acceptable to God and there is nothing that fallen man can offer to add to Christ's finished work on the cross..
These believers had set at naught the wisdom and power of the cross by boasting, rejoicing and glorying in themselves - but Paul takes pains to remind us all of an unchanging truth: let him who boasts, boast in the Lord - let him who glories, glory only in the finished work of Christ.
How foolish to revel in the ungodly wisdom of the world when Christ's finished work at Calvary is all we need to live godly in Christ Jesus.
Whether talking about our spiritual baptism into the Body of Christ by faith, or our water baptism as the outward sign of our trust in Christ's finished work as Saviour - we can say, with all other members of the Body of Christ: I have been crucified with Christ and buried with Him in baptism..
Paul knows that rejoicing in the Lord is a defence against doctrines of demons and it is a safeguard that exposes legalistic practices and the abhorrent false spirituality that is flooding the Church today and which denies the finished work of Christ on the cross.
But Paul reminds us at the start of chapter 2 of what we once were, before we were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, forgiven of our sins, born from above, baptised into the body of Christ and made children of God, through our position in Christ, as a result of His finished work at Calvary.
It is on the basis of Christ finished work on the cross that mankind has been redeemed - so that all who believe on His name are forgiven, justified, sanctified and glorified IN Christ - our federal Head..
The son looks to a glorious future with hope and eager anticipation, while the slave has no such joyful expectations and we who have trusted Christ on the resurrection side of Calvary have been brought into God's family by grace through faith in Christ's finished work..
Christ's finished work at Calvary not only disarmed the rulers, authorities, principalities and powers, but God placed Him in the position of ultimate authority and universal control and put all things in subjection under His feet.
Salvation is impossible with man, but praise God that it is possible with Him, which is a principle that the best and worst of human-kind will one day accept. Similarly, eternal life and inheriting the kingdom is a human impossibility, but with God it is not only possible but the free gift of grace, which is generously bestowed on all who believe in Christ's finished work on Calvary' cross.
There is nothing man can do to add to Christ's finished work for He paid the price of all our sins - in full.
We too and saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ - according as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Where then is boasting?
But in addition, by faith in His finished work at Calvary the power of SIN (the old sin nature) has been broken in our lives - as has the power to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, which is given to us by the Spirit.
or that we need to add to Christ's finished work on Calvary's cross - for the sacrificial offering of Himself on the cross for our salvation, was all-sufficient in the eyes of God - and it is finished.
But when my imperfections are compared with Christ’s perfect life, and then I realise what a wretched man I am – trying to keep God’s impossible law when, as a result of Christ’s finished work ON the cross, I have been clothed in Christ’s perfection – by grace.
He marvelled at the rapidity with which they turned from the glorious gospel of God's grace:- by faith alone in Christ's finished work at Calvary, to a different gospel, which was not an optional alternative, but a totally false gospel.
It is given freely by faith in the finished work of Christ - Who bore our sin alone; carries our burden freely and keeps calling us to: Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
The curtain in the Jewish Temple, which represented the separation of incurably sinful man from eternally Perfect God, was torn from the top to the bottom – ripped asunder from heaven to the earth - demonstrating that the finished work of Christ Jesus was accepted and sufficient.
Instead of rejoicing in Christ's finished work on their behalf, too many Christians forget they have a new Christlike-life within and work at achieving an unattainable righteousness through their old sin nature.
And ONCE Paul has hammered home this shocking truth about our sin and the hellish consequences that apply to Jew and Gentile alike... he then starts to give the GOOD NEWS of salvation - which is by grace through faith in Christ's finished work..
Praise God that we are saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ at Calvary and receive forgiveness of sins and life everlasting as a free, unmerited gift of God's goodness and grace.
We were warned not to pay attention to worldly fables, foolish myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the doctrine of God and the glorious gospel of Christ, which is received by grace through faith in His finished work at Calvary. We were told that many would hold to a form of godliness, while denying its power..
There are about 150 passages in the Word of God that state unequivocally that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ's finished work on the cross - alone, but sadly there are some that cause confusion in the body of Christ by teaching that without water baptism a man or woman is not saved and they often cite this verse as evidence..
And yet if our eternal salvation is dependent on water baptism it stands in contradistinction to the clear teaching of the rest of the Word of God - and it indirectly declares that Christ's finished work on the cross is insufficient for our eternal salvation - requiring us to add to His finished work.
From the foundation of the world, the shed blood of the Lamb of God was God's demanded purchase price for the salvation of all mankind, and although the waters of baptism are a most beautiful picture of the inner cleansing that results when a person is saved by grace through faith in Christ - if it is a requirement for salvation in addition to Christ finished work at Calvary, it proclaims that His finished work was insufficient to pay the full price for the sin of the whole world - God forbid!
However we are frequently reminded that we are justified by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ - alone.
This indictment of all humanity concludes that every mouth is silenced before the righteousness of God - And THEN Paul starts to give the good news of salvation - that we are justified by believing on the the finished work of Christ.
The finished work of Christ does not only refer to our initial salvation, when we first believed, and ongoing sanctification; throughout our earthly life, – but Christ’s work at Calvary incorporates our final glorification; the redemption of our bodies, when Christ returns to claim the church as His bride – the time when we are officially adopted as sons of God – it is a complete package, because we are complete in Him!
We are to preach the truth, that God purposed to save mankind from their sins - by faith in Christ's finished work on the cross, which is the one and only means of reconciliation with a God Who is offended by our sin.
But although this like other psalms, prayers and praises of David is an ever-present source of comfort and encouragement to all believers, and rightly so – this verse is a prayer that the Christian can never pray, for in so doing it demonstrates a lack of understanding of the permanent, indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit, in the life of ALL believers - following Christ’s finished work on Calvary's cross.
It was by grace though faith in the coming Messiah that Abraham and David were credited with righteousness and it is by grace through faith in the finished work of the Messiah that you and I are credited with righteousness.
Let us give Him the thanks, honour, praise and glory due to His name, knowing that our position, privileges, promises and salvation is ours by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross.
These philosophies add heavy burdens to believers by teaching that you have to add something more to the full, final and finished work of Christ – BUT the truth is laid out in the Scriptures and when you accept the truth from the Word of God - that ALL the essential essence of Deity inhabits the Lord Jesus in His bodily form and that you have been made complete in Christ as fact, then you have the most wonderful security in God, which allows you tao rest in the Lord Jesus - for you know that in Christ ALL the total fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form : and IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD, YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE.
But there is more, for we have all been given the gift of the permanently, indwelling Holy Spirit of Christ, Who Himself triumphed over every proud principality and power, crushing the head of sin and darkness at that great Cross-Road of history - Calvary, when our Saviour victoriously pronounced: it is finished!
When we have reached the point where we have girded up the loins of our mind; fixed our minds on the truth of Scripture; secured secure our hope of our mental faculties on Christ’s finished work our confidence In His word will remain secure.
we are reminded that in these last day God has revealed Himself to us through His Son - and so we are exhorted to: give more earnest heed to the Person of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross..
It is faith in the full and finished work of the Son and trusting Him as Saviour that is the criteria for reconciliation to the Father - as was agreed by the Godhead in the eternal council chamber of heaven, before the world began - for ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to HIM.
Like the armies of Israel under the leadership of Joshua, we are not to rely on our own strength, for Christ's strength is sufficient for all the difficulties and dangers that we may face. He is the One upon Whom we are to cast our heavy burdens and rest our weary souls for Jesus won every spiritual battle we will ever face, when He proclaimed from the cross - It is finished.
He opened our understanding of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in the finished work of Christ alone and helped us to understand more of Christ's propitiatory work on the cross on our behalf.
This was the ministry for which God the Father sent His Son into the world – a ministry of reconciliation and hope for a world lost in sin – providing salvation for all that would trust in His finished work on Calvary.
But sin and Satan have no more dominion over those that choose to place their trust in His finished work – for the cross triumphed and His work is finished.
No doubt he also heard the precious pardon awarded to the dying thief; the words of grace offered to His mother; His anguished cry when He took the full weight of the world's sin upon His sinless shoulders and surely this same centurion heard Christ's triumphant proclamation of His forever finished work - IT IS FINISHED - Tetelestai.
Having laid the indestructible foundation that sinful man is irrefutably lost and at enmity with God through rebellion and sin, and having proved that all humanity have fallen far short of the glorious perfection that God expects from His creation - Paul jubilantly proclaims the triumphant victory of Christ's finished work on the cross..
His finished work on the cross demands our everlasting thanks and praise - for although we have not seen Him, we love Him and greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory - knowing that it is through HIM alone that we have obtained, as the outcome of our faith - the salvation of our soul.
They taught that good works had to be added to Christ's finished work on the cross - otherwise they would not be saved, or would lose their salvation!!
Sadly, today, there are those that hold fast to this false, works orientated, legalistic teaching - but we are to remember that if ANY works of the flesh are added to Christ's finished work on the cross - His life was given in vain.
No surprise that he so passionately opposed any form of Jewish legalism or works-based religiosity, for when any work of the law, legalistic observances, external rights, denominational rituals or religious ceremonies are proudly added to Christ's finished work of salvation - it renders His death on the cross as insufficient.
The full price of Salvation was paid by Christ on Calvary’s cross and can never be gained in any other way, except as a free gift of grace – and that Salvation is accessed by faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus – the eternal Son of God and perfect Son of Man.
No wonder we are urged by the writer to the Hebrews to HOLD FAST to our confession - to keep a firm grip on our trust in Christ's finished Work; to believe all God has said through His Word; to unreservedly remain firm to His Truth - and to boldly approach the throne of grace.
Today there is a living, resurrected, glorified Man, seated on the right hand of the Father in majestic glory, and as members of His body, we are eternally identified with Him and His finished Work on Calvary's cross.
The foundational bedrock upon which all victory rests is the shed blood of Christ, the Lamb slain, the perfect Sacrifice, Who with one glorious cry of IT IS FINISHED, pronounced sin, death and hell, 'forever conquered'.
It is only by placing our faith in Christ's finished work on Calvary that we have been given access into the throne-room of grace - and if we abide in Him and walk in the light of His love, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son, cleanses us from all sin
Only the divine, sinless offering of the holy Son of God, Who in His incarnation freely took upon Himself mortal flesh, to become identified with His doomed brethren, is sufficient payment, for the accumulated sin of the whole world. It is the blood of Christ alone, that can cancel the power of sin and Satan; pain and disease; destruction, death and hell itself. It is only by the powerful blood of the holy Lamb of God that the chains of sin can be broken, and the captive be set free, It is only through faith in Christ's finished work that God can pronounce a sinner to be saved.
But through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary, the significance of this little verse is astounding.
This metamorphosis has nothing to do with good works of the flesh, but by God's justifying grace God's grace is so abounding and precious that there are neither words to describe nor songs sufficient to sing of God's amazing love and gracious gift that has been poured into hearts through the finished work of our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.