The night before the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross He prayed to His Father that He had “finished the work You have given me to do” (John 17:4). When we consider all that He had to do to save sinners, His victory cry, “It is finished,” speaks volumes. Righteousness had to be perfected, divine justice had to be satisfied, Jesus had to shed His blood, redemption had to be paid, sins had to be forgiven, reconciliation had to be accomplished, death had to be conquered, salvation had to be secured, and heaven had to be opened. All this was perfectly accomplished so that eternal life could be offered as a free gift of God’s grace to those who trust the all-sufficient Savior.
Only when sinners realize their hopeless and helpless condition can they begin to understand the glorious promises revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything that man could never do was completely accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ. His mission to seek and to save the lost culminated on the cross. The work of salvation was finished. The eternal sin debt was paid in full. Since it was an eternal debt, it was impossible for man to pay. But God forgave us “all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)
Jesus “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Yet many false religions reject the Word of God by teaching that you must do something more, like works, penitence, etc. to make amends for your sins.
By adding to the perfect and sufficient work of Christ these false religions have nullified God’s grace which is the only means by which God saves sinners. For the Word says: “if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6). The very purpose Christ became our kinsman redeemer and suffered an excruciating death was to expiate sin, once and for all, by His perfect sacrifice.
Many also reject another finished work of Christ – the purification of sins. God’s Word declares “when He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). Those who trust Christ alone are purified from all sin, by His blood (1 John 1:7) that is all that is necessary, nothing else needs to be added, otherwise our Lord and Savior Jesus died in vain. It is important to understand that all these false religions that teach otherwise are robbing Jesus Christ of His glory, which is a doctrine that comes directly from Satan himself.
After finishing His all-sufficient work on the cross, Jesus now offers His righteousness as a gift to all who believe: “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17).
The only way to receive the gift is by faith in Christ alone. Those who are blinded by religious deception must do what the Apostle Paul did. He exchanged his religion for a relationship with Christ. He wrote: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:8-9)
HERE ARE SOME SCRIPTURES VALIDATING THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST FOR HIS PEOPLE
- He testified to the truth; listen to Him! (John 14:6; 18:37; Acts 3:22)
- He came to give life to people who are spiritually dead. (John 14:6)
- He gave us access to the Father. (John 14:6; Matthew 27:51)
- He gave His life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)
- He bore our sins in His body on a tree. (1 Peter 2:24)
- He died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
- He gave Himself up for us as a sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)
- He died so that we may live together with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
- He gave Himself for us to purify His people. (Titus 2:14)
- He died for our sins, once for all, to bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
- He exchanged our sin for His righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- He has forgiven all our sins. (Colossians 1:14)
- He purified us from all sins. (1 John 1:7; Hebrews 1:3)
- He has reconciled us to God. (Ephesians 2:14-18)
- He redeemed us from the power of sin. (Galatians 3:10-14)
- He saved us from condemnation. (John 3:18, 5:24)
- He delivered us from darkness into His kingdom. (Colossians 1:13)
- He satisfied divine justice for our sin. (1 John 2:2)
- He made us into new creations. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- He is the only Name by which man can be saved. (Acts 4:12)
What a glorious and all-sufficient Savior we have in Christ Jesus!
Source: Adapted from Proclaiming the Gospel