When Jesus received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished.” He bowed His head and gave up His ghost.
When our Lord hung in agonies and blood on the cursed tree, He cried with a loud voice, “It is finished.”
One would think that such a statement made by the very Son of God would carry a reasonable weight. Yet there are those who proclaim that the work is not truly finished unless they give their nod of faith, which miraculously makes the work really effectual.
Setting aside that such thinking is utterly foolish, consider for a moment that arrogant presumption of such an incredible notion. Apply this to any other finished work.
Go to a contractor after he has finished a building and is getting ready to turn over the key, and in his most audacious voice, says, “Wait a minute. It is not finished unless I believe it is finished.”
Go to the composer who has spent his life in pursuit of the classic score. After he has signed his masterpiece and the conductor is about to wave his baton, he stands up in the audience and cries in his pompous voice, “I have something to say about this so-called symphony. It is not finished until I believe it is finished.”
It’s laughable, isn’t it? No one in his right mind would do such a stupid thing. How utterly foolish. How much more conceited is anyone who, in their most haughty moment of dementia, that anything they believe or do can make the finished work of Almighty God “unfinished” by their lack of affirmative assent.
By one offering, He had perfected forever those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14). By His own blood, He entered once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12 ).
But now, once in the end of the world had He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. He was our high priest, and He was also the sacrifice.
Finished means finished. Done means done. Our Lord really, freely, fully and forever redeemed His elect by His substitutionary sacrifice on Calvary’s tree.