IS IT FINISHED?
In Luke 18:31-34, Jesus said that everything that is written of the son of man by the prophets will be accomplished; he will be delivered to the nations, shamefully treated, and they will kill him. On the third day he will rise. The twelve disciples did not understand. It was hid from them and they did not know what he said. Why is that so? All this was looked upon as literal, and in a sense it was. The spiritual truth of the nations, of his death and his resurrection as the son of man, is understood by very few today. It is still being hid from humanity.
All that the Father sent Jesus to do, in the likeness of the sinful flesh, is now a finished work. It is not to be expected for God yet to do. If a man believes it, his faith is reckoned as righteousness - the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus spoke in parables and this parable is over. Now we live beyond the mystery of such as those whom it was hid from.
Many refer to the scriptures as the word of God. If so, they are obliged to believe the very thing they read is God speaking to them. If one regards it as a true testimony, it should be believed that it would be true and accomplished, for it is a testimony of those things God has already done in Christ
Just what is a believer? When something is said to be finished or accomplished, why do they say it is not so? Is this believing? It has been done, but not fulfilled. Some say it will be fulfilled in the earth. Will such a position as this ever come to what is done if they refuse to believe it is already accomplished for them? We are to be like Jesus - Christ-like.
Aside from the miracles, just what did Jesus do? Were there more important signs? Jesus was born of a woman, born under the law of Moses.
He was demonstrating that his relationship to God could bring man out of death to life. He was the life. This was nothing that he accepted in the realm of a sign or a demonstration. He rose out of death to the banks of Jordan. This was after the judgment of death. He received his identification with sin - a man. Then he received an anointing of the spirit, which he shared with those who follow him in the regeneration of the spirit. It is already accomplished. He then is declared to be God's son by God the Father. This is what those who follow him, in regeneration, share in his spirit that he has given us. The spirit reveals to our spirit that we are now sons of God. Now this is accomplished. This is the basis for encountering our real adversary. Up to this point, man was totally ignorant of who was leading him around, and who his boss was, and why he died.
We are led by the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead. We know who had control of our being and who the adversary really was. The Jews made many claims.
When Jesus went to the Jordan, he showed us the spiritual realities of the changes that God is performing in us are the greater works that Jesus said that man would do. They are much greater than the healings, the feedings, and the natural evidence that happened here on earth. This is the work of God - to make man believe on the one he sent. He does that by sending the spirit. Jesus said,
There are those who say, ''I do not see. It isn't what I think it should be. I see nothing happening in the earth and you don't look too great." These people are actually bringing their sense of unbelief into those people who truly believe. We know there are all kinds of confessions - true and false. Where is the evidence of power that Jesus had?
To bring down faith and belief will always be wrong. It is the devil's work to destroy both faith and belief. Belief is one of his key targets. When one will confess his belief in what is the finished work of Christ and what he has accomplished, it has nothing to do with self-attainment. I would tell you to leave it alone. Don't tear down things that God has done in people or you will be doing the devil's work.
This being true, we believe that our enemy has been defeated. A lot of people say that the devil has been defeated but they do not believe that Christ has accomplished all the work of our redemption and salvation. They choose to think the easy thing and think they have escaped by believing on the positive side. However, they really believe on the negative side and believe the devil is done and yet the devil is working full time in them. Defeating the enemy is part of the finished work of Christ in him. We are only to believe. God Bless!