Man by nature seeks a religion to make him feel better about himself when he should be seeking a way that satisfies God’s character. The desire to feel good about himself makes man’s religion put everything upside down because whatever feels good to the flesh is an abomination to God. Man’s religion has ceremonies that make the flesh feel so good, but God says they are an abomination to Him. (Isaiah 1:13-15) Man’s religion says work to make God happy with you. The gospel says rest in Christ who has already done everything God requires. Sadly the works man thinks will save him are the very works that keep him from Christ and in the end will damn him.
“IT IS FINISHED!” MEANS ... “IT IS FINISHED!”
When the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shouted in His dying breath “It is finished!” (John 19:30), He spoke regarding the redemption of the sinners for whom He died (among other things).
When He said “It is finished!” He meant ... “It is finished!” The redemption of every soul for whom He died was completed, perfected, accomplished, achieved, finalized.
Many preachers aver otherwise. They say He meant “It is finished hypothetically! – as in “I made redemption possible for everyone.” They say He meant “It is finished partly! – as in “I have done My part, but now you must do yours.” They say He meant “It is finished provisionally! – as in “I have provided redemption for all who will of their own freewill have it.” They say He meant “It is finished conditionally!” – as in “I have redeemed you if you meet the condition.”
When Jesus Christ said “It is finished!” He meant ... “It is finished – actually, completely, perfectly, effectually, unconditionally, absolutely, everlastingly, immutably, period!”
Not one single solitary sinner for whom Jesus Christ died will die unredeemed and be condemned and consigned to everlasting punishment.
Rather, each and every sinner for whom Jesus Christ died is redeemed and will join the heavenly hosts in singing to Him, “You are worthy ...; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
Will you join them?
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so” (Psalm 107:2).
Pastor David Eddmenson
When we say “The doctrines of grace” we err. It is the doctrine of grace. Total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints are not separate doctrines, but one doctrine. They all stand or fall together. It is not possible to believe one without believing them all, and it is not possible to deny one without denying them all. The doctrine of grace is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.