Resting in the finished work of Christ
Without a doubt, sharing this joyous message of resting in the finished work of Christ is the most enjoyable & exciting part of writing this book for me.
This is a topic that I’ve written about over and over for years, and it always excites me to write about it. However I regret the fact that most of the Christian world doesn’t celebrate this topic, (but that doesn’t hinder me from celebrating it). So let’s get right to the good stuff shall we?
First of all, someone may be wondering “where does that phrase “rest in the finished work of Christ” come from?” That’s an excellent question. It comes from Hebrews chapter 4, have look for yourself:
3 “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
That’s fantastic isn’t it!?
And by the way, why do you think scripture says to “labour therefore to enter into that rest?”
It’s because resting in the finished work of Christ is counterintuitive to the natural mind that wants to quantify our standing with God by the things that we do.
For the Christian:
The fact that we rest in the finished work of Christ, the fact that we’re complete in Him, doesn’t mean that our flesh will ever be perfected, (it won’t be). So in the sense of our total perfection, we won’t be fully perfected until we receive our glorified bodies. But our spirit, the part of us that we currently have that will last forevermore, that part of us has been perfected by God.
Therefore you should be wise to the false religious teaching known as “progressive sanctification,” (I cover that issue in chapter 7 of this book).
We born again Christians are as heaven-ready & sanctified at the moment of new spiritual birth as we are on the day that we die. No Christian is ever holier than another of God’s children.
Resting in the finished work of Christ is much more than the Lord Jesus Christ having fulfilled all of the requirements of the law on our behalf as our sabbath rest, (oh it’s much more than that).
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Resting in the finished work of Christ includes the following blessings:
~ Resting in the fact that you have been perfected before God simply by your being in Jesus Christ!
~ Resting in the fact that God has made you to be fully forgiven of all your sins!
~ Resting in the fact that God has made you to be a fully sanctified saint!
~ Resting in the fact that God has made you to be fully the righteousness of God!
Now I ask you, is that worth celebrating or what!? (Of course it is).
But don’t take my word for what I’ve claimed, believe what God has said about this matter in scripture.
“For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
“Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.”
”Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
1 Corinthians 1.2-3
2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1.30-31
“30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”
9 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory ever to us whatsoever.
The finished work of Christ applied to the Christian is nothing short of thrilling !!!