In John 19:30, we are given the eponymous words of our faith, as Jesus cries, “It is finished,” just before bowing his head and giving up the ghost. His death on that ratty piece of Roman wood presupposes what would occur three days later, when he rose from the dead as the world’s victorious, sovereign King. But those words, those three simple words — “it is finished” — represent the sum and substance of our evangelical faith. The matter of our salvation is done, signed, sealed, and delivered in Christ. Sinners are secure in him because they are assured that their sins are finished. They are taken away for good. Such is what the Savior does. The following excerpt from B. B. Warfield’s The Saviour of the World attests to that fact to great effect:
All has been done by Him. His saving work neither needs nor admits of supplementary addition by any needy child of man, even to the extent of an iota. When we look to Him we are raising grateful eyes, not to one who invites us to save ourselves; nor merely to one who has broken out a path, in which walking, we may attain to salvation; nor yet merely to one who offers us a salvation wrought out by Him, on a condition; but to one who has saved us, — who is at once the beginning and the middle and the end of our salvation, the author and the finisher of our faith.1
I’m so grateful for a faith that’s finished. He’s the originator, the designer, the architect, and he’s the finisher (Heb. 12:1–3). The Lord Jesus doesn’t leave any part of our salvation up to us. He finishes it all. All is done in him. Praise be!
Grace and peace.
B. B. Warfield, The Saviour of the World (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1991), 237.