THE TWO CONCEPTS OF “IT IS FINISHED”

Welcome.

Today on The Gospel Exposition Blog, we are going to examine the two concepts of it is finished as found in the Bible.

Perhaps you are familiar with the word of Jesus on the cross when he said it is finished and wondering where else this statement can be found in the Bible.

Well, let me state here that this is not an attempt to tell you that these clauses have the same meaning in the original texts but to bring out the lesson in their concept. On the one hand, we will examine Jesus’ word on the cross, and on the other hand, we will see the second concept.

John 19:30 (KJV)
[30]When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

This is Jesus’ statement on the cross. Having suffered for the sin of the whole world by becoming sin, Jesus declared that it is finished. The fulfillment of the law has been accomplished. The payment for sin has been made. God’s standard for righteousness has been made available. Christ did all for us by the eternal spirit of God and brought us into it by His resurrection on the third day, when he swallowed up death in victory. Therefore, there’s no condemnation for believers because Christ made an overpayment for sin and law’s requirement. It is finished. It was a once-for-all sacrifice. As many would rest in the finished work of Christ will enjoy victory, dominion, the gift of righteousness and the gift of no condemnation which is found in Christ Jesus. Resting in this is the believer’s breakthrough. Therefore, as believers, we should always be found in the finished work of Christ and not in our own work of righteousness which are but filthy rags. All but Christ’s righteousness are filthy rags, therefore being found in the finished work of Christ is the only way to please God.

But, there’s another it is finished we must take note of.

James 1:15
[15]Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

The consummation of sin. This is the second concept of it is finished. Jesus has come to deliver us from it is finished of sin. He translated us from death to life. We should be careful, lest we are enticed by the world’s deceit and lust to sin, and sin, when it is finished, results into death. As believers, we should not be knocked down in sin. Sin should not rejoice over us. No, never. When sin finishes its work on an individual, it results into death. This does not necessarily imply physical death. In point of fact, it means death and corruption in every form.

Beloved, do not stay in the “it is finished of sin” for it will kill you. Christ is calling you today, rest in His “it is finished”, for therein is life forevermore. We are born of incorruptible seed, don’t allow corruption in your life as a result of carelessness with sin. Lust, when allowed to linger leads to sin, and sin, when it fully manifests ( when it is finished or consummated) results into death ( guilt, fear, condemnation, corruption, separation, and sometimes physical death.

In which of the two concepts would you rather be? In which of the “it is finished” would you rather be found? Choose wisely.

Choose life and live. God bless you.
I hope this blessed you. Kindly share with family and friends. You are blessed.

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