Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Paid in Full :

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” —John 19:30.
“It is finished!” said the Lord Jesus just before He died. Those three little words in English, translated from one Greek word, tetelestai, makes an impact upon history like no other words in any language for all eternity; at least as far as the eternal souls of men are concerned. “Fulfilled” is one way this term may be translated. What has been fulfilled? Why, the Law and the Prophets, of course. Jesus observed the law both actively and passively in utter and complete perfection. He also fulfilled all righteousness to the very end, taking on “the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7, 8). Jesus Christ was fully man with flesh and bone as we have, and we are glad because by His incarnation, He is the righteous representative for mankind; yet, we are also glad that His humanity was much more unique than yours and mine. He was perfectly complete as a man, lacking nothing for righteousness, neither faltering nor failing in virtue and goodness, for He is very Truth. The blood that coursed through His veins was the untainted blood of the Son of the Most High God.
“Paid in full” is another way this may be translated. What was paid in full? Redemption for the soul saved by grace! The debt owed to God by each and every one of us for sinning against His holiness and infinitude! Jesus Christ satisfied the penalty owed by each and every soul elected by God to salvation because He paid it to the last mite with His shed blood, in His suffering and enduring God’s holy wrath for sin, and by laying down His life because of His love for His friends and, most especially, for His love for the heavenly Father. This utterance declares that Jesus Christ is Almighty God, because the sufficiency of the penalty payment must come from the Judge that was offended. Jesus of Nazareth is very God!
H.T. Justification by Grace

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