Jesus said, "It is finished" and died. What is finished?



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Jesus said, "It is finished" and died. What is finished?

God the Word became flesh, preached the gospel, lived his life obeying God the Father as an example for people to follow, and laid his life down as the Lamb of God. By doing, he became the author of salvation. Jesus Christ was preaching the word of 'God the Father' as his gospel for people to obey for their eternal salvation. These are all finished. Most of all, God became a mere man, suffered the cruel death without any sin in him, made himself a perfect sacrifice, that impossible task was finished. "John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." Everything was finished for him to become the author of salvation. "Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Please notice the last sentence and remember why he became the author of salvation. It is to give eternal salvation, only to those who obey him. It is important to know, that even though his finished sacrifice is available to the whole world, as the author he controls who will he gives to, and he will give only to those who will obey his commandments. He is not like a old woman, who has written her "Will" and signed it, and now she is in the mercy of strangers. Christians think that they got the salvation, because Jesus Christ signed his "Will" by saying "it is finished", and so he is done away with it. They don't know that Jesus Christ is still the author of salvation, and he gives it to the Obedeint.

But, it is not a surprise that the devil and his servants decided to void the accomplishment of God, preach deceptive sermons using the name of God himself. They preach to believe that Jesus has 'finished' all things needed for our salvation and inheritance to heaven, the kingdom of God. So, we don't even have to obey God since Jesus has obeyed for us, etc. Foolish Christians believe this poison and live as the devil wants them to live, claiming Jesus has finished everything on the cross. But, it is a surprise that the devil quote the very words of Jesus Christ to deceive Christians. Let us see this. Preachers give fantastic sermons on this verse saying that Jesus Christ has finished so many things, one of them being our salvation. So, according to them, we do not have to do anything for our salvation, including the things that Jesus Christ told us to do for our salvation. The devil negates what all God says, just by this quote of Jesus Christ: "it is finished." Almost all preachers endorse the statement of the devil and preach it on the pulpits. It is a shame.

God the Word

God is three Persons in one Omni-Power Spirit. One of the three persons is 'God the Word'. God was and is the creator of all things, from the smallest invisible atom to the biggest sun or star or anything, with all its details. This 'God the Word' became a man. He was the man, Jesus of Nazareth.  If you are like to study the details, please click on these links: "God 3 in 1", "God man video", "God became man".

Jesus of Nazareth was a Man for once, it is finished

God 'the Word' became flesh, just a man, Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, he showed men how to overcome sin, world and Satan. As a man, Jesus of Nazareth did the will of God until his death on the cross. God cannot die. So, he had to become a man, that is just flesh, in order to die. Jesus of Nazareth died as a man and as the Lamb of God. When he was a man, God did miracles through him even raising the dead. "John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.--- 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will." God spoke his word through him. As Moses spoke the commandments of God, Jesus of Nazareth also preached the commandments of God. The details of Jesus of Nazareth is in this link: ... "Man Jesus".

The Scripture indicates in various ways that ‘God the Word’, who was immortal God, became a mortal man, Jesus of Nazareth, without any divine powers that he did possess when he was God. "Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." God created the angels. By telling us that Jesus was made lower than the angels, the scripture tells that he was without divine powers on his own. If 'God the Word' became the man with Omni-Powers, Jesus of Nazareth could not have fully experienced the persecution and death as a man. The scripture makes it clear that Jesus of Nazareth was perfected through his sufferings-he had to endure what ordinary humans endure. He had no shortcuts. In order to fulfill God’s mission of the great sacrifice, it was necessary for him to become a man Jesus as a defenseless and ordinary human being. Further, the most important thing is that he became caption of salvation through the sufferings, but he did not took the punishment of people on himself, as so many false preachers preach. "Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." Through sufferings of the cross, he was made the captain, author and the high priest of salvation for those who obey him.

He came to taste death for Every man. So, It is Finished.

Jesus had a strong sense of duty towards the purpose for which he came, from his childhood onwards.

"Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come --- to do thy will, O God. Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." He became a man to taste death for every man.

"John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. Matthew 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." He became a man to die for the people and obeyed God the Father in all things until his death on the cross. The job well accomplished and it is finished on the cross.

Jesus was Lamb slain to forgive, Slain once, it is finished
 Christ the Scapegoat takes away sin, It continues, but NOT FINISHED.

God has set two ways to deal with sins of his people Israel in the Old Testament, both are needed and they are important. 1) It is by sacrifice, by shedding the blood of an animal, which was a proxy for the Lamb of God, who was Jesus of Nazareth. But, the primary condition of the sin sacrifice is that the sins must have been committed by ignorance (Leviticus chapter 4&5, Numbers chapter 15). So, sins that are not committed by ignorance, will not be covered by the sacrifice. But those sins were covered by another method. 2) It was by a scapegoat, which carries away all sins of people into an unknown place in the wilderness (Leviticus chapter 16). This scapegoat was also proxy for the Lamb of God, Jesus of Nazareth. The goat carries the sins away. "John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!" Usually Christians are taught that the sacrificed Lamb of God forgives all sins, even if it is not the sins of ignorance. It is not according to the scriptures. Since it is convenient, Christians accept it as true. Somehow the entire church is taken by this error. But if we study the word of God diligently, we will escape from this error. Christians must know the functions of the Lamb, which shed his blood on the cross for forgiveness and take the sins away as the scapegoat, as the Resurrected Lamb of God. Then only we will know about the salvation given by the Lamb of God and then only we will be able to receive this salvation. If not, we just know half the truth, which is not the truth.

1) The Sacrificed Lamb.

Every Christian know Jesus as the Sacrificed Lamb. However, here are a few scriptures.

"Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." The reason why did Jesus prayed for forgiveness was that, "they know not what they do." It applies to the sins of ignorance.

Preachers say that God has punished Jesus instead of punishing us and so Christians will not be punished for our sins, if we accept him. It is deceiving. There is no such method of forgiveness in the Bible. "Isaiah 53 says, 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him…" Notice: The word of God says that Jesus was neither smitten nor afflicted by God, but we, the people or the preachers, esteem him as if he was stricken by God. This error is spread like wild fire and many false doctrines are made from it and false preachers are flourishing in this preaching. Jesus was never under the wrath of God the Father, but we are. Jesus obeyed God the Father to undergo suffering as in "Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" So, Jesus Christ will forgive us if we obey him.

Further the intent of this supreme sacrifice is ONLY to forgive the past sins of his people. If some of us knowingly and willfully sinning repeatedly, taking the sacrifice of the Lamb of God for granted, then the wrath of God will be upon them. Their sins will not be forgiven. "Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" In order to obtain the benefits of this great sacrifice: the grace of God, the power and the Holy Spirit, are given to us so that we may follow him in obedience.

2) The Lamb that take away the sins, It continues, NOT Finished.

"Leviticus 16:21 Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness." This goat takes away all the sins of the people. "John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!" John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God that will take the sins away, not as the Lamb of God that will shed his blood for sin. We connect this verse with the blood for forgiveness. But, John the Baptist refers to take away the sin, but not forgive the sin. "Acts 3:26 ... God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Resurrected Jesus Christ is turning away his people from their sins is same as take away their sins. "Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Here, the Resurrected Lamb of God, is leading his people away from sins.

The Gospel Gospel is Settled, it is Finished.

Jesus Christ did not give sermons and seminars on how to receive healing, wealth and other miracles. However, he healed the sick, cast out demons and performed miracles to glorify God. He did not advertise his services; rather, he preached the gospel. The gospel that Jesus Christ preached is still the true gospel today. All the gospels built around obtaining prosperity, political power, healing and eternal security from God are false and self-serving gospels. But Jesus Christ is the author of the gospel, he has preached the gospel, and taught his disciples to preach the gospel, so that anybody can detect the false gospel. For details lesson, check out this link: "True Gospel."

Jesus Walked the Way, an Example for Us. It is Finished.

The purpose of Jesus Christ went beyond the forgiveness of sin. He wanted to bring about a change in the hearts and consciousness of human beings, and to show humans how to vigilantly live a perfect life through the grace of God and continual presence of the Holy Ghost. God the Father says about Jesus that his righteous servant would justify many. Justify means to make a person just, it is righteous. Please click this link for the lesson: "Follow Me" and for a lesson on "Grace."

God ‘the Word’ left the glory of God and became a mere man so that an ordinary human can inherit the glory of God. God calls every one of you to follow him. If you follow him, you will be able to overcome, as he overcame. You will, then sit with Jesus Christ in the throne of God forever. You shall be the son of God to inherit all things. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." This is grace that God became a man to make a man the son of God. Praise the Lord.

IT IS NOT FINISHED

"Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." He still is turning his people away from their sins. His work is still NOT Finished. "Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We must teach his commandments for people to obey. Jesus Christ will be with us with all his powers unto the end of the world. It is NOT FINISHED, and it will Not be Finished until the end. Jesus (Man) did finish what he had to finish, but Christ (the Spirit, Resurrected Jesus) has begun his work, it will not be finished till the End.

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