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Christ has Come and Redemption is Finished
by Heshimu Colar

The conflict between true and false Christianity is not over morality. Everyone who has the faith of God's elect confesses that believing the truth empowers to godliness (Titus 1:1). The great conflict concerns the FINISHED WORK of Christ. We must discern every church by the gospel she preaches. Is the salvation that produces true godliness all of grace from beginning to end, is it all in Christ by the merit of His shed blood, and are all of the works already finished? If you believe, then you have the Gospel; if you deny the Gospel, then you don't have God. (I John 4:2-3) "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."

Believers know that the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, came and fulfilled everything that was spoken of Him in the Old Testament. Even from the beginning, when Adam transgressed in the Garden, God has never spoken of what you or I would do to redeem ourselves. He has always laid the entire salvation of His elect upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ. God spoke unto the serpent saying, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Isaiah adds, "He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth.(Is 42:4)" And "The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable (Is 42:21)." Now, who else but the Lord Jesus has magnified God's Law and made it honorable by rendering perfect obedience unto death? Our God reigns, and His resurrection from the dead testifies that everything which He purposed from past eternity has been accomplished. Daniel wrote that Christ would come ". to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness.(Dan 9:27)" God's elect, in the sight of God, have no more sin, we've been reconciled into the good favor of the Lord, and we stand justified in the everlasting righteousness of Jesus Christ.

The ringleader of enmity against the glorious liberty of grace, Satan himself, is bound in chains of darkness having no will or ability to repent; yet, he knows that his end is near because Christ has finished the work of redemption. It is only a matter of time before the last of God's elect is saved, and he's cast into hell. ". Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time (Rev 12:12)." Satan hasn't come to thwart the work of Christ as if he can unravel what God has finished. He has come to persecute the church because he knows his time is short. Before Christ's resurrection, Satan attempted to destroy the work of God by devouring the Lord Jesus and perverting His ability to redeem (Rev 12:4). Yet, after the victory of the Cross, John writes in his vision, "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night (Rev 12:10)." Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian. there can never be another accusation laid to the charge of you who believe. And all of the temptations, trials, and afflictions that seek to deaden your heart to the joy of God's grace will utterly fail. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death (Rev 12:11)."

In preaching the Gospel, I proclaim to you the work that has already been finished. Faith is not a great act of the sinner whereby we make ourselves fit for the blessings of grace. Faith manifests great weakness whereby we stop trusting ourselves and cast our unworthy souls upon the promised mercies of God through the meritorious sufferings of His Son. All justification took place on the Cross, and all sanctification is the fruit of Christ's finished work along with the promises He's purchased being made known to the soul. "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and by a sacrifice for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom 8:3-4)." No, grace is not given to the person who tries the hardest to obtain it. Grace is free and it is given to whoever needs it because Christ died and our God delights to show mercy. So, why you still waiting for some great emotion or flash of light before you'll believe? "But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matt 12:39-40)." And I warn you, everyone who thinks that they must add something to the Cross in order to put God in a fit frame to save or comfort, denies the Gospel and declares that Christ is not come in the flesh. "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist (II John 1:7)."

Many Calvinist make the gross mistake of declaring the sovereignty of God in salvation, and then making the poor sinner wait outside the feast pondering God's election before receiving Christ to be his own. We must not deny the Gospel and diminish Christ to be anything less than the absolute Lord over all- the One who has mercy upon whom He will when He will. Yet, we must not veil the Lord's compassion as if He's unwilling to give grace to the most obstinate of needy sinners. There is no frame or condition necessary for you to receive Christ other than hearing the proclamation of His finished work unto faith. Do you believe with all your heart? Then rise and be baptized; you are one of God's blessed elect. Do you believe not? Then you, poor wretched sinner, are bidden to the great supper that the Lord has prepared. You are bidden to receive the Lord and feast upon His redeeming blood and perfect righteousness as your very own. Faith, preeminently, is receiving Christ for what He has done. "Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready (Luke 14:16-17)."

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