We hear the phrase “The Finished Work of the Cross” and I agree that what Jesus finished at the cross was extremely powerful and wonderful but have you ever wondered – “What was finished? “
I have heard it said that we should lay hands on the sick and pray for healing based on the “Finished Work of the Cross” but am not convinced that’s completely accurate. I agree with New and Old Testament Scripture that his stripes “acquired” healing for us because “By his stripes we are healed!” but it’s literally Holy Spirit that heals.
The truth is that Holy Spirit was made available to us not merely because Jesus died on the cross but because Jesus was glorified after His resurrection.
39But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” ~ John 7
The week of the Cross ~ 23And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. ~ John 12
After His Resurrection ~ He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” ~ John 20
SO WHAT WAS FINISHED ON THE CROSS?
On the Cross ~ 28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now FINISHED, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”…30When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is FINISHED,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. ~ John 19
This word translated “FINISHED” in both verses is of “teleo” which does mean finished, completed, fulfilled even consummation but is most often translated “end”. From here, I will indicate any use or form of “teleo” with *
Jesus wasn’t even dead yet! He couldn’t say “It is finished*” concerning His entire purpose before he wasn’t raised from the dead; let alone crucified. Interestingly, the O.T. Prophets had predicted his death, so the Prophecies could not have been finished either but, the Law (and it’s righteous requirement ~ Rom.8:4 ) were completely fulfilled!
14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Col.2
13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances…”
The LAW is also compared to a wall that was broken down when his blood and body were given at the Cross because it was like a wall or veil that separated us from God but, the veil (or his flesh) was destroyed at the cross! Matt.27:51
That’s why we are now free from EVERYTHING pertaining to the Law! ~ Acts 13:39
2For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us…” ~Romans 8
4For Christ is the end* of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. ~ Rom.10:4
The Law IS FINISHED* forever to everyone that believes in Christ!
Galatians is centralized on this issue because they were already born-again but, trying to justify themselves or be found righteous by works of the flesh/Law and not according to the New Covenant of faith in Jesus! But, Paul rebuked them ~
10For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” 11Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” 12However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law.”
It’s the same story in Romans, Galatians, Colossians and Ephesians! Grace has set us free from Law because of Jesus righteousness IN US! Permanent righteousness in our spirit is linked to our salvation as much as forgiveness of sins!
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” ~ Gal.2:21
At the cross, the Law was finished BY Jesus to everyone who would receive him and be IN Jesus! But, there is another aspect concerning the Cross that was not finished* at the Cross. The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus had a completely new element of His “purpose” to add to practical benefit to our lives!
14And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. ~ 1 Cor.15
Next post I hope to explore what his burial and resurrection mean to us in a very practical way!