The Finality of the Cross

finish-flags“E finito!”  “Esta terminado!”  “C’est fini!”

“It is finished,” means just that.  It is finished.

But… what exactly is finished?

All the work for the payment for all sin is fully and totally complete (John 19:30)!

The wages (payment) of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).

Because the wages of sin is death, either you will pay for your sin, which will take all eternity, or you can let Christ pay it in full for you, which He did at Calvary.

In fact, His perfect and eternal sin payment is so complete that when Christ returns, He will have nothing to do with the sin issue (!), but only to bring believers salvation (Heb. 9:28).

How do we know for sure that the work for sin is finished?

Firstly, and most importantly, because Christ said so at Calvary (John 19:30). That is more than enough evidence.

crossSecondly, because John the Baptist declared it announcing Christ’s ministry in John 1:29, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

John the Baptist announced (1) WHO Christ was and (2) WHAT He came to do.

Christ was the (1) Lamb of God who came to (2) take away sin.

When Christ said, “It is finished” at Calvary He was referring back to John the Baptist’s announcement of the work He came to complete.

The Lamb of God… takes away sin…that’s what He does because He’s the only One Who can. ONLY the Lamb of God can remove it and that was His purpose to glorify God.

Question- Are you resting in the finality of the cross?

Sadly, in Bible-believing churches, I often hear unBiblical rumors (lies) about saints.

  • “We’ll never stop sinning until we get to heaven.” See below Rom 6:6-7
  • “It’s no use, sin is too big a struggle.” See below Rom. 6:18
  • “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” See below Col. 1:21-23a
  • “We’re all sinners.” See below Phil. 1:5
  • “I’m so unworthy.” See below 1 John 3:1

reading-blind-folded

Oh, how the father of lies delights in these choice morsels!

When we read Scripture through the eyes of the old nature, then we read it with blind folds on. With our spiritual eyes covered, we cannot receive and accept grace and truth (John 1:14) about ourselves from God.

As a result, we allow our behavior to define us instead of God’s truth.

We read blind to what He’s done for us.

We read blind to who we are.

We read blind to truth, trapped in sin, and stuck in the muck of unbelief.

What a waste of a read. What a waste of time. What a waste of a life.

If you struggle with sinful behavior, apply James 5:16. Get help. Get healing. But don’t call yourself or anyone in the body of Christ a sinner. Christ did not die to leave us sinners. He died and rose again to make us His saints (2 Cor. 5:21). And so we are (1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:17)!

It’s easy to get confused about the issue of behavior. Bottom line- Our behavior does not determine our identity. Read that again. Only our birth determines our identity. And if we are born anew into the kingdom of light, our identity is in Christ alone. The more we identify with and internalize that truth, the more our behavior will follow.

horse-and-cart

Think of your identity as the horse and your behavior as the cart. The powerful horse leads and pulls while the powerless cart follows effortlessly behind.

Don’t get your cart before your horse.

Walking in Truth is God’s Will for Us

When we mistakenly try to walk with Christ believing we are still the unregenerate nature or applying verses out of context, we walk in unbelief, mock the Sacrifice, and sadly, fail to appropriate our inheritance. On the other hand, when we read His Word and commune with Him as the new nature, we walk in agreement with Him in what He has done for us. The closer we walk as the new nature with Him, the more we are like Him (1 John 4:17).

finality

The ~unbelievable~ truth is that Christ has completed His work and taken away our sin forever (Rom. 6:22). In our supernatural salvation, He downloaded His very DNA into us. He handed us His eternal victory as the new nature thus making us worthy to be called His very own (2 Cor. 5:21).

Live as if it is finished..because it is! (John 19:30)

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

1 John 4:17  in this world, we are just like him.

John 10:35  the Scripture cannot be broken (altered)

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life

Hebrews 11:16 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once and once for all to bear [as a burden] the sins of many, will appear a second time [when he returns to earth], not to deal with sin, but to bring salvation to those who are eagerly and confidently waiting for Him.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

Philemon 1:5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness

Colossians 1:21:23a Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

Romans 6:6-7 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin-because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

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About ashleydwille

Author Ashley D. Wille was always searching for spiritual answers. “True and lasting satisfaction always proved just out of reach. Now, in midlife, I have come to find my soul satiated in God. Through sweet surprises, difficult climbs, and excruciating valleys, the Master’s hand has shaped me. All along the way, God has taught me many things. What He has taught me most is that many of my beliefs about Him were wrong.” Her book, My Journey Through the Cross, is a personal insight shared by an amazing woman. Through her profound experiences and inner struggles, Wille shows how she was able to break through false layers of thinking and move into a deeper relationship with God. Her beautiful journey is just waiting to be shared. If you are ready to live your life free of guilt and shame, you too can learn how to walk in spiritual freedom.
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