26 Feb 1999

What if it is really finished?

Submitted by theshovel
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It is finished!

This is the central-most feature of what is called Christianity and yet it is called into question by many who own the name Christian. Don't you find that just a little strange? So, do you believe it? Well, consider these questions and ask yourself if maybe you have been brainwashed into doubting this reality. So … what if it is really finished? It is finished!

This is the central-most feature of what is called Christianity and yet it is called into question by many who own the name “Christian”. Don't you find that just a little strange? So, do you believe it? Well, consider these questions and ask yourself if maybe you have been brainwashed into doubting this reality. 

After all, if it was really finished …

  • He might have really paid the price for our sins
  • He might have really taken them away
  •  He might not ever have to do it again

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If it was really finished …

  • He might not be shocked at how bad we have been
  • He might not be shocked by things we still do
  • He might not be shocked when He discovers our “secret sins”
  • He might not be shocked by our impure motives
  • He might not be shocked at the messes we get ourselves into
  • He might not be shocked when we run from Him
  • He might not be shocked at how people can mistreat Him

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If it was really finished …

  • He might not look at us as if He didn't finish His job
  • He might not look at us as if we need to finish His job
  • He might not look at us as if we need to pay for our own sins
  • He might not look at us as ungrateful
  • He might not look at us as unforgiven
  • He might not look at us as unworthy
  • He might not look at us as unclean
  • He might not look at us as unholy
  • He might not even look at us as sinners
  • God just might have believed Him
  • God just might have accepted His sacrifice
  • God just might not remember any sins against us
  • God just might not be mad at us anymore
  • God just might not look at us the way we look at us
  • God just might see us as the new creations He made us

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If it was really finished …

  • We might really be forgiven
  • We might really be acceptable to God
  • We might really be worthy
  • We might really be holy
  • We might really be made right
  • We might really be loved
  • We might really be brand new
  • We might really be free

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If it was really finished …

  • We might not have to be afraid of judgment
  • We might not have to be afraid of God
  • We might not have to be afraid of the hammer falling
  • We might not have to be afraid of death
  • We might not have to be afraid of life
  • We might not have to be afraid of failure
  • We might not have to be afraid of anything

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If it was really finished …

  • We might not need to do anything to receive the gift of God
  • We might not need to bring about righteousness in our life
  • We might not need to focus on our sins
  • We might not need to focus on our failures
  • We might not need to ask God for forgiveness

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If it was really finished …

  • We might be called justified
  • We might be called righteous
  • We might be called holy
  • We might be called pure
  • We might be called saints

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If it was really finished …

  • We might stop begging God to forgive us
  • We might stop thinking God doesn't love us
  • We might stop thinking God doesn't care
  • We might stop trying get what God has already given us
  • We might stop trying to make ourselves more acceptable
  • We might stop acting like the people we used to be
  • We might stop living like nothing has happened
  • We might stop calling ourselves what He no longer does

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If it was really finished …

  • Christianity might be different than the pathetic substitute we've gotten used to
  • Christianity might be as good as the Bible says it is
  • Christianity might be as good as you have hoped it was

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But then again … maybe religion is right, and “It is finished!” does not really mean it is finished.

In that case … ignore all the above!

Or else simply believe what your heart has been hearing

Comments

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Posted: Feb-28-07 at 6:25pm by Mary
Jim,

That was soooo encouraging! Gonna put that one up on the refrigerator, and pass it out to one or two that I know would be encouraged also! Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!

Love, Mary


Posted: Mar-01-07 at 2:03pm by Tim
Jim,
I assume you are referring to what Jesus cried out from the cross (Jo. 19:30). If it means everything on your list, then it is truly incredible for us! But how can we know for sure how loaded His statement was then? What did He really mean. I'd like to believe all you suggest, but is this what He suggests?
Tim


Posted: Mar-01-07 at 2:25pm by Jim-the shovel
Hello Tim!

Yes, I am speaking specifically of Jesus' statement while he was hanging on the cross, however, that is not the whole of it. The results of what he had finished on the cross are spoken all throughout the letters of the NT, as well as Jesus' own words leading up to the event when he spoke of the freedom he was bringing.

Jim

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