Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
05/11/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 233: It Is Finished
When Jesus died on the cross, the transaction with God was finished. There is nothing more we can add to save ourselves, or to keep ourselves saved.
The temple veil was torn. No more sacrifices for sin would ever be needed. Matt.27:51 As believers, all our sins (past, present and future) were forgiven at the cross.
Col.2:13-14 NASB When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Paul mentions the certificate of debt, a bill of indebtedness written for each prisoner.
The Romans posted the bill outside the prison cell until the debt was paid. To cancel a debt when it was satisfied, they wrote across the bill: tetelestai (paid in full).
Christ’s last word on the cross was tetelestai, paid in full, “It is finished”. John 19:30
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.