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Yes, but Am I Finished?

May 27, 2019

“It is finished.” John 19:30 (NIV)

There was only one person who could ever truly say, “It is finished.” None of us will be able to say that when we die, because none of us have been able to say it while we live.

None of us will be able to say to God “I brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” It’s impossible. None of us have been able to say this of a single day of our lives. None of us completes the work.

As a Christian, you have begun the work of all the commandments, but you have not finished the work of any! You cannot identify a single day of your life where you would be able to say, “I lived that day to perfection.”

Every Sunday that we gather in church we are in the same position of saying, “We have done the things we ought not to have done, and we have not done the things we ought to have done.” That will never change this side of heaven. You may grow in your Christian life, but you will never move beyond being a believing sinner.

Sinners on earth can never say, “It is finished,” and sinners in hell will never be able to say “It is finished” either. That’s the awfulness of it. Christ finished… you haven’t. But don’t miss this… with him you will!

React to the statement: “Christ finished… you haven’t… but with him you will.”

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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