Weekly Gem

Splendid sins!

“We know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ!” Galatians 2:16

See the uselessness of mere morality. Honesty, morality and such things may be very good among men. But all these things put together, without faith, do not please God.

Without saving faith, all moral virtues are but splendid sins!

You will as surely be lost if you trust to your good works, as if you had trusted to your sins!

Trust Jesus, and you are saved.
Trust self, and you are damned.

Unbelief nullifies everything!
It is the dead fly in the ointment!
It is the poison in the pot!

All the moral virtues,
all the benevolence of philanthropy,
all the kindness of unselfish charity,
–give no title to Divine acceptance, for “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrew

Here is the greatest declaration ever heard in human history

JOHN 19:30

These are our Saviours dying words and what powerfully important words they are.
See how Christ’s words “It is Finished”, are filled with glorious victory.

They mean, ‘It is done, It is completed’
What is completed?
Redemption is completed.
He is saying that salvation has been obtained and accomplished! 

But how was Redemption finished?  By the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. 

He finished and fully completed the work He had been sent to do!
When we look at the tense of the Greek word ‘Finished’ we discover that it is in the perfect tense which means that although the action has been completed in the past, the results continue into the present. 

So, when Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant, “

It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present and it will remain finished in the future.”
Listen to Paul as he tells the Hebrews of the Christ who finished His work,

Hebrews 1:3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”  
It is finished!
It is finished!  That means, Justice was satisfied and still is.
It is finished!  That means, the Father was satisfied and still is.
It is finished!  That means, the righteous demands of the law were satisfied and still are. 
It is finished!  That means, the Old Testament sacrifices were finished and remain so.
It is Finished ‘— what a wonderfully grand and glorious statement by the God/Man, the young Prince of Glory!
When a work is Finished, it is Finished … there is no need to add anything to it!  Neither man nor angel needs to augment it.  It is finished. 
And a good thing too.  Wouldn’t it be just dreadful if our salvation were based on any of our efforts?
We can’t rely on our efforts … they at best are incomplete.
We can’t rely on our service … we haven’t served God perfectly. We have left things undone.  There’s so much we should have done but haven’t and the clock is racing against us.
However, the Lord Jesus left nothing of our salvation incomplete! It Is Finished!
He did not partially save or partially ransom … It is Finished.
Everything He did for us, He did perfectly … It is Finished.
There is no one like Christ Jesus in any of the world’s great religions.                                                                                                       This one expression … IT IS FINISHED explodes and shreds every other religion on earth! They are all fakes. They are all useless.                                                                                                                                           With respect, Mohammed did not complete redemption for his people.                                                                                                           Buddha did not atone for His people                                                                       Only Christ Jesus ransomed, redeemed and reconciled us back to God.