“It is finished.” These were the last words Jesus uttered on the cross. Do we, as Christians, understand just how significant His statement was? Most would immediately respond with an emphatic, yes! Yet, if we consider what has been mostly taught in our pulpits, written in our books, conversed in our small groups and lived out in our lives, is ‘yes’ really the answer? Perhaps we’ve gotten a small glimpse of the truth behind the powerful last words of Jesus, but to say we emphatically and fully understand it, would probably be intellectually dishonest. Due to the lack of understanding of those three words, we are not walking in the full significance of them. Remember this, Jesus did not utter the words, “It is time for us to begin,” He said, “It is finished.”
When we run a race or finish a project, what is the natural thing for us to do afterwards? If you said rest, that would be correct. Here is my question, are we resting in what Jesus did? Some may see the redemptive work of Jesus as Him opening the door for them to give them the opportunity to now begin their part of redemption’s plan. Was Jesus really the fulfillment of something or was He, instead, the start of something else that we must continue?
Picture this, you are attending a track meet and watching a relay race. All the teams had finished the race, yet, there was one team that handed the baton to one more runner to keep going even though the race was over. What would you think of that situation? You would probably find it strange. This is a good analogy of how so many in the Body of Christ are interacting in their relationship with God, lacking their understanding of the last words of Jesus. They are not resting in His finished work, established only on grace, but are striving as if the race wasn’t over.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “We must work diligently to enter into His rest.”
What does it mean that we must work to be able to rest? The working is for us to gain the understanding of the scriptures and to finally accept that we no longer must work for God’s acceptance. It is a constant work for us to change how we think and to be able to accept grace. It goes against everything we have ever been taught and experienced in life. In the world’s view we get what we deserve. In the Kingdom of God, we get what Jesus deserves because He already took what we deserved. We must work diligently in renewing our minds to fully believe the last words of Jesus, “It is finished!”
Why is it so hard for us to accept that it really is finished? My answer might shock you….it is because the Bible seems to give us a conflicted message regarding that it really is. Let me be clear, it SEEMS to give, but it does not really do so. Over the next few blogs I am going to cover several of those scriptures and context of scriptures that have created a lot of confusion regarding grace and the finished work of Jesus. In doing so, my hope is to see that you are even more established in the grace of God. The scriptures tells us that “it is good for the heart to be established in grace.” Remember, it never says that about the law, performance, condemnation, shame or guilt.
So, what scripture are we going to look at first?
“For if we can sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sacrificed a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of Grace?”
Watch for the next blog. I will discuss and bring answers to how even this is not contradicting the finished work of Jesus and is established only on God’s grace towards us. God is much better to humanity than we have ever realized.
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Are you looking for a Gospel of grace church that preaches the finished work of Jesus? Do you enjoy ministries like Joseph Prince, Andrew Wommack, Lynn Hiles, Jim Richards, Ed Elliot, Andrew Farley or Creflo Dollar? If so, Reveal Church might be the perfect fit for you. Come join us Sunday mornings at our new time 10:30 am. We meet at Copper Stone Executive Business Center at 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd. Land O Lakes, FL. 34639. Children’s church is provided for all ages. Pastor Brian has been ministering the gospel of grace message since 1999, with powerful truths that will continue to empower you to walk out God’s best for your life as you stay at a place of rest in Christ. Come be a part of this powerful start up gospel of grace church and help us reach the Tampa Bay area with the message of the finished work of Christ. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!