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Seeing the Big Picture……
CHRIST IS THE COMPLETE FULFILMENT OF GOD’S PLAN
Past Johan Fourie
John 20:31 “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God;
and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
John 19:28 “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished,
that the scripture might
be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” “Knowing that all things were now accomplished”.
John 19:29-30 “There was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
“It is finished ...” (teleo meaning “to end”, that is, “complete, execute, conclude, discharge “
(a debt): - accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.)
What He said, and we may suppose Him to say it with triumph and exultation, “Teleo” [It is finished!] that is, the whole plan and will of God; as that He should be incarnate, be exposed to shame and reproach, and suffer much, and die; the whole work his Father gave Him to do, which was to preach the Gospel, work miracles, and obtain eternal salvation for His people, all which were now done, or as good as done; the whole righteousness of the law was fulfilled, an holy nature assumed, perfect obedience yielded to it, and the penalty of death endured; hence a perfect righteousness was finished agreeably to the law and redemption from its curse and condemnation secured; sin was made an end of, full atonement and satisfaction for it were given; complete pardon procured, peace made, and redemption from all iniquity obtained; all enemies were conquered; all types, promises, and prophecies were fulfilled, and His own course of life ended. All this was done entirely without the help of man, and cannot be undone; all which since has more clearly appeared by Christ's resurrection from the dead, His entrance into heaven, His session at God's right hand, the declaration of the Gospel, and the application of salvation to particular persons. Let it be known to all, ! “Ït is finished” Christ is the complete fulfilment of God’s Plan!
“It is finished”, that is, the counsel and commandment of his Father concerning his sufferings were now fulfilled; it was a determinate counsel, and He took care to see every iota and tittle of it exactly answered, Acts 2:23. “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:” He had said, when he entered upon his sufferings, Father, thy will be done; and now he saith with pleasure, It is done.
“It is finished”, that is, all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed at the sufferings of the Messiah, were accomplished and answered. He speaks as if, now that they had given him the vinegar, he could not bethink himself of any word in the Old Testament that was to be fulfilled between Him and His death but it had its accomplishment; such as, His being sold for thirty pieces of silver, His hands and feet being pierced, His garments divided, etc.; and now that this is done. It is finished.
“It is finished”, that is, the ceremonial law is abolished, and a period put to the obligation of it. The substance is now come, and all the shadows are done away. Just now the veil is rent, the wall of partition is taken down, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances. Ephesians 2:14-15 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;” The Mosaic economy is dissolved, to make way for a better hope.
“It is finished”, that is, sin is finished, and an end made of transgression, by the bringing in of an everlasting righteousness. It seems to refer to Daniel 9:24. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” The Lamb of God was sacrificed to take away the sin of the world, and it is done! Hebrews 9:24-26 “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
“It is finished”, that is, His sufferings were now finished, both those of soul and those of body. The storm is over, the worst is past; all His pains and agonies are at an end, and He is just stepping over into paradise, entering upon the joy set before him. Let all that suffer for Christ, and with Christ, comfort themselves with this, that yet a little while and they also shall say, It is finished.
“It is finished” , that is, the work of man's redemption and salvation is now completed. Full satisfaction is made to the justice of God, a fatal blow given to the power of Satan, a fountain of grace opened that shall ever flow, a foundation of peace and happiness laid that shall never fail. Christ had now gone through with His work, and finished it, John 17:4 “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” And, as in the purchase, so in the application of the redemption, He that has begun a good work will perform it; the mystery of God shall be finished.
The fall and utter universal ruin of mankind through satan and sin is nullified by Christ’s complete fulfilment
of God’s plan. Man’s only hope is Christ and He accomplished the work set out by God! He said: “It is finished”. No one ad’s to finished work!
What a glorious Gospel to be shared! Christ!
John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
CHRIST IS THE COMPLETE FULFILMENT OF GOD’S PLAN!
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