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The Wednesday Word: It is Finished (Part 3)

If you want to be effective as you serve the Lord Christ, never tire of hearing and applying the gospel. In the light of the cross, we can learn to agree with the old Puritan preacher, John Flavell, who, when speaking of Jesus, declared,

“The condemnation was Thine, that the justification might be mine.

The agony was Thine, that the victory might be mine.

The pain was Thine, that the ease might be mine.

The stripes Thine, that the healing balm issuing from them might be mine.

The vinegar and gall Thine, that the honey and the sweet might be mine.

The curse was thine, that the blessing might be mine.

The crown of thorns was Thine, that the crown of glory might be mine.

The death was Thine, that the life purchased by it might be mine. You paid the price, that I might enjoy the inheritance.”

It is Finished! We were lost and condemned by sin. We could not perfectly and fully satisfy the demands of an all-holy God. But in grace, Christ’s doing and dying were imputed to us and declared us without fault before God. Why? Because ‘It is Finished!’

What a complete and perfect thing is the righteousness of God in Christ! Every believer is credited with this righteousness. Listen to me, it is neither a righteousness that looks like Christ’s righteousness nor a righteousness that is similar to Christ’s righteousness, but it is the actual righteousness of Christ that is reckoned to us.

Let the searching eye of the all-holy and jealous God turn it every way, view it from every side, and there will not be found the least flaw or defect in it. Let God the Judge thoroughly weigh it and examine it, and it will always appear pure and perfect, containing in it all that is necessary for our salvation. It is Finished!

But how do we get this righteousness? How does it become ours? What must we do to obtain it? The answer is it is ours by FAITH ALONE!

Faith alone is how we approach God. Faith alone receives our new verdict from heaven. But faith in what? It is not faith in the fact that we have faith. No indeed! We are saved by faith alone in Christ … the One who finished the work of our redemption.

When Jesus lived and died for us, He paid every debt sin had created. And God now reckons that salvation has been accomplished.

It is Finished.

All is paid in full.

What is done is done.

Our debt of sin is cancelled.

We are complete in Him.

However, because many of us are accustomed in this world to time payments (buying a thing and paying it off bit by bit), we bring that system over into our spiritual life. We think that, yes Jesus died on the cross for me, but I need to contribute something. If God sees that I am serious about keeping His Law or sees that I have some holy affections or that I am carrying out some form of service and working at improving myself then, if He takes note of these things, He will be doubly sure to open up heaven’s door for me!

Away with this blasphemous thinking! It is an abomination to God!

Let’s listen again to Jesus, “IT IS FINISHED!”

The way to God is now open in Jesus Christ because IT IS FINISHED!

Our sins are gone because IT IS FINISHED!

We have full assurance of faith because IT IS FINISHED!

Dear Believer, “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you!! Your debts have all been paid through the blood of Calvary. Your conscience is now cleansed, you have eternal life and all because IT IS FINISHED!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: It Is Finished: Part 2

June 30, 2021 1 comment

Here’s some good news about Christ’s Finished Work … all that Christ did in that work, He did as our substitute. If we believe this, we will be transformed.

He was born for us.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The eternal God entered into time and history in the person of the Lord Jesus. Unto us a child is born. Wonder of wonders, the Creator became a creature. What immense humility!

He humbled Himself, yet the world scorned Him.

He humbled Himself, but they called Him Beelzebub,

He humbled Himself, but they called Him a bastard—-an illegitimate child.

He humbled Himself, but they said He was just “the carpenter’s son.”

At His trial one man could only refer to Him as “this fellow.” (Matthew 26:61). What an insult!

He was born for us, but more than that,

He Lived For Us!

Paul says—-“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9.

He came into this world as an infant, and there was no place in the inn for Him to lay.

He walked the earth, and at times here was no place for Him to sleep.

He died, and they had to borrow a place to lay His body.

When He took our place, He had nothing.

But, while He lived here on earth, He was wholly set apart for us (John 17:19).

He was made a curse for us,

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).

Not only was He cursed for us, but He was also bruised for us.

He died for us and was buried and rose again for us.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5. It is Finished!

Some of us have become immune to hearing about Him, and how He came here and went to the cross. We tire of hearing that He was wounded for us. WARNING! If you become immune to the gospel you will be a useless in the service of our Lord and King.

Well did the Hymnwriter say,

“Lest I forget Gethsemane,

Lest I forget thine agony,

Lest I forget thy love for me,

Lead me to Calvary.”

He was born for us, He lived for us, He died for us and He arose and ascended to heaven for us (Romans 4:25; John 14:2). And right this moment He is living for us and making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). And when He finally comes again, He’ll come back for us (John 14:3).

His redemptive work is all finished! His ongoing intercession for us at this very moment is based on His finished accomplished work. His returning is to consummate and crown with glory all that He accomplished in His doing and dying and rising again! It is Finished!

Everything Jesus intended to do He accomplished! It is Finished!

If we want to build strong Christian lives, we must lay the foundations broad and deep. The deepest and strongest foundation for us is the Person and Finished Work of the Lord Christ (1 Corinthians 15:11)! If we want to be effective in the gospel, then we should learn the gospel! Learn that it is finished. Learn that all that is necessary for our salvation has been completed and accomplished! Learn that His work was a complete and total success.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: It Is Finished!

John 19:30

Here is the greatest declaration ever heard in human history … “It is Finished.”

These are our Saviours dying words and what powerfully important words they are.

It is reported that when Queen Elizabeth 1 of England lay dying she said, “My God, my God it is over. I have come to the end!

In her wardrobe, she had 2,000 costly dresses and gowns yet she called out, “All my possessions for just one more day.”

Pathetic words of a dying Queen! How wonderful then, by contrast, are the words of the dying Savior who declares from the cross—”IT IS FINISHED!” Salvation has been completed, accomplished and perfected. Notice, there is not a hint of worry, anxiety or despair from the Master. How unlike the words of the dying English Queen who says, “My God My God it is over, I have come to the end.”

See how Christ’s words “It is Finished”, are filled with glorious victory. They mean, ‘It is done, It is completed’

What is completed?

Redemption is completed.

He is saying that salvation has been obtained and accomplished! You see, this little sentence, ‘it is finished,’ is not in the original Greek. It is just one word: ‘FINISHED!’

But how was Redemption finished? By the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. He finished and fully completed the work He had been sent to do!

When we look at the tense of the Greek word ‘Finished’ we discover that it is in the perfect tense which means that although the action has been completed in the past, the results continue into the present. So, when Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant, “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present and it will remain finished in the future.”

Listen to Paul as he tells the Hebrews of the Christ who finished His work, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:3.

It is finished!

It is finished! That means, Justice was satisfied and still is.

It is finished! That means, the Father was satisfied and still is.

It is finished! That means, the righteous demands of the law were satisfied and still are.

It is finished! That means, the Old Testament sacrifices were finished and remain so.

‘It is Finished ‘— what a wonderfully grand and glorious statement by the God/Man, the young Prince of Glory!

When a work is Finished, it is Finished … there is no need to add anything to it! Neither man nor angel needs to augment it. It is finished.

And a good thing too. Wouldn’t it be just dreadful if our salvation were based on any of our efforts?

We can’t rely on our efforts … they at best are incomplete.

We can’t rely on our service … we haven’t served God perfectly. We have left things undone. There’s so much we should have done but haven’t and the clock is racing against us.

However, the Lord Jesus left nothing of our salvation incomplete! It Is Finished!

He did not partially save or partially ransom … It is Finished.

Everything He did for us, He did perfectly … It is Finished.

There is no one like Christ Jesus in any of the world’s great religions. This one expression … IT IS FINISHED explodes and shreds every other religion on earth! They are all fakes. They are all useless. With respect, Mohammed did not complete redemption for his people. Buddha did not atone for His people … only Christ Jesus ransomed, redeemed and reconciled us back to God.

It is Finished.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Sin Put Away

“Now once in the end of the world has He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

What does it mean to put away sin? We can learn much about this from the Feast of Unleavened Bread when the Israelites were commanded to put away all leaven out of their houses (Exodus 12:15;19). Leaven is usually a picture of sin and this ‘putting away’ was a thorough job. The cupboards and drawers were emptied and their floors were very carefully swept in case a crumb of leaven bread should remain (see also Exodus 13:3-16; Leviticus 23:6-8; Deuteronomy 16:8; John 6:51).

In the New Testament, sin, not leaven, was put away by Jesus. He, as it were, cleaned house. If it had been left to us to clean our houses, we would have missed some of our hidden sins. We don’t realise how great a mountain of sin and lurking darkness we accumulated during our lifetime.

Question: How did Jesus put away sin?

Answer: “He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” Hebrews 9:26.

Spurgeon says, “All your sins—every size, shape, form, hue, degree, or fashion, are altogether gone! Crimson sins, black sins, crying sins, every sort of iniquity from your childhood until now, and right on till you enter into the rest of the Beloved; they were all taken and laid upon Christ. He made an end of them all when He offered up His great sacrifice; He has put away sin as a whole for His chosen; this is a glorious truth! “

C.H. Spurgeon: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit: Volume 16 The Putting Away Of Sin: Sermon No. 911

If our sins have been put away, why do we think we can be saved and then lost? Can Jesus lose us? If He can, then Jesus didn’t put all our sins away. If we think we can be saved and lost, far be it from us to sing “Unto Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 1:5-6).

Notice the words, “forever and ever!” If Christ can lose us, we need to take that passage out of the Bible.

To ‘put away’ means literally a disannulling, a total abolition and an annihilation of sins. Christ has done away with the sins of His people! “The iniquities of Israel,” He says, “shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found” (Jerimiah 50:20). To fear that we as believers could eventually perish is to look at Jesus with a heart of doubt. May we learn to endorse the words of Augustus Toplady who wrote,

“Complete atonement Thou hast made

And to the utmost farthing paid

Whate’er Thy people owed.

How then can wrath on me take place,

If sheltered in Thy righteousness

And sprinkled with Thy blood?”

May each of us know that Jesus Christ has put away our sin – all of it. We are now accepted as though we are fully righteous.

Do you mean we are innocent?

No! Much more than innocent. He has clothed us in His righteousness. And, listen to this, “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29). The eternal God never says then unsays, never does then undoes, never gives then un-gives. If we have been declared not guilty, then we are indeed not guilty, and no one can ever condemn us (see Psalm 103:12).

This is wonderful! Dear believer, we can never go down into the pit of hell; God can never be so angry with us as to utterly forsake us! We are both saved and safe!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: A Simple Word For Us All

Have you been called to minister? Whether you know it or not, you have, all believers have. We´re here to extend the claims and fame of Jesus. We’re here to help non-believers and believers alike to see how wonderful Jesus is.

As God´s servants, may we continually show each another that Christ is precious. May we be helped to know that our sins have been cast behind God’s back (Isaiah 38:17). May we continually remind one another that the Lord´s sacrifice at Calvary was so powerful that, although He is all-seeing, the Father will never again catch sight of our sins.

Consider this, God said that He beheld no iniquity in Jacob (Numbers 23:21). But there was iniquity in Jacob, lots of it! Was God lying? No, that would be impossible!(Numbers 23:19). But, here´s the thing, because Jacob´s sin was put away at Calvary, the Father could say I find no iniquity in Him. And He says the same about us.

Calvary! What a powerful sacrifice! Eternal glory is due to the lovely Lord Jesus Christ because of it! He is the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness! (Zechariah 13:1).

It is written, “Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound” (Psalm 89:15). In the Glorious Gospel of the Blessed God, we hear the ‘joyful sound’…here’s part of it.

Christ was made a curse for His people.

Under our sins, we can write in large, bold letters, “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”

The English/Canadian theologian, Arthur Custance, astutely observed, “Any one of a number of deaths were possible for a condemned man under Roman law. That they should choose crucifixion was no accident since it was one form of capital punishment wherein a man was not merely put to death but was also accursed in the sight of God (Galatians 3:13). In other words, they forced upon Jesus, who was innocent, not merely the condemnation of the court, but the condemnation of God also.” (Arthur Custance, Doorway Papers).

Christ took the death of His people, and now, death has no sting with which to wound God´s elect. May we hear this frequently when we fellowship with one another.

But, it doesn´t end there. Christ Jesus is now made the Righteousness of God to His people. And how is this done? It is done by imputation. The believer is now reckoned as having the actual, entire righteousness of Christ (see Romans 4:6-8; 3:21-22; 2 Corinthians 3:21).

Believers in their new identity in Christ have no sin, curse or death. That message will never grow old. We are declared not guilty for all eternity. As it is written, ‘Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condems? It is Christ that died; yea, rather, is risen again, and is rather at the right hand of God (the place of power and acceptance) who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:33-34).

If our dear ministers in the pulpit made the gospel more prominent, it would be a blessing to their ministries. It would also encourage believers to build one another up in the most holy faith and to strive earnestly for the name and fame of the Lord Jesus.

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: The Satisfactory Sacrifice

When Jesus called out, “It is finished” (John 19:30) it was a declaration that His redeeming work had been accomplished. Because redemption happened in the past, in history, redemption cannot be undone or added to. Nothing more is needed. It is finished.

At the cross, there was a once-and-for-all completed sacrifice for sin. We were purchased, bought and paid for by the shedding of Christ’s precious blood.

Since the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was completed at Calvary it is incorrect to say that redemption was finalised when Christ sprinkled His blood upon the heavenly mercy seat. There are those who incorrectly teach that the blood of Jesus had to be applied to the heavenly mercy seat to redeem us. They say that if Jesus’ blood had soaked into the ground at Calvary, then sins could not have been taken away.

Wrong!

Christ ascended into heaven because His work of atonement was finished, not in order to complete it. Of course, He sprinkled His blood on the mercy seat but that was not to achieve redemption. He had already accomplished redemption at the cross. This is made clear when we read, “But by His own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).

Notice how eternal redemption had already been obtained before Christ came to the mercy seat.

So, let’s say it again. To complete redemption, Jesus did not need to present His blood in heaven.

Why not?

Because our redemption was, by that stage, already un fait accompli (an accomplished fact: a done deal). See Hebrews 9:7-12, 24-25; 10:19; 13:12, 20; 1 John 2:2.

Before we continue with this thought, here’s another gospel truth about Jesus! He, unlike the Old Testament high priest, did not have to make a sin-offering for Himself

Why Not?

Because He was already perfect, sinless and flawless. He was without sin (Hebrews 7:26). There was no need, therefore, for Christ to shed blood for His own redemption. He was the only man who has ever lived who didn’t need a saviour.

But, back to what we were saying. Christ entered heaven having secured our eternal redemption at the cross—He is now enthroned in heaven as the High Priest who completed the work of redemption (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1).

Nothing else needed to be added to the work of atonement.

Nothing!

Redemption was not a partially completed work.

He did not leave things half-done.

Our salvation does not depend upon something we need to do to complete it.

Christ did not have to do some atoning act in heaven. Redemption was finished, done, complete! The mission was accomplished! (John 19:30).

The sacrifice of Christ was made once for all on the cross. Any theory of atonement, therefore, which teaches that Jesus Christ needed to take His blood with Him into heaven (or hell) to complete our salvation, denies the finished work of the cross.

We do not need another sacrifice. We do not need the mythical bloodless sacrifice of the Roman Catholic Mass in order to be made right with God.

We Do not need another sacrifice. The one we have will do just fine.

We do not need another sacrifice. Jesus Christ willingly offered Himself in our place by shedding His blood as the price of our redemption (Matthew 20:28).

We do not need another sacrifice. Every person who trusts on Jesus Christ for salvation is eternally secure in Him (John 10:28-29). We have been redeemed out of slavery forever (Galatians 3:13; 4:4-5). He purchased us with His blood and took us out of the marketplace. We are no longer available; we are off limits. We are now owned by God….and He refuses to re-sell His precious possessions which He bought with His blood (Acts 20:28).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: The Doctrine of Eternal Insecurity

February 12, 2020 1 comment

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

In spite of the above scripture, many preachers tell us that a man can be saved, yet finally lost. This is an immensely Christ dishonouring teaching. Jesus declared that He gives His sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish (John 10:28). Yet, gospel opponents teach that the eternal life Christ gives may actually be temporary.

So let me ask, was Christ lying when He promised the free gift of eternal life to His sheep (see Numbers 23:19)? Indeed, that’s what we must conclude if the ´Doctrine of Eternal Insecurity´ is valid.

These teachers make Christ a liar. According to them, a man may be justified, declared not guilty, and yet, at the end of time, be punished for his sins and perish. What a crazy, confused concoction is this we have before our eyes? According to this scheme, the repentant sinner may actually be damned. He is forgiven, but not really forgiven. The guilt of His iniquity has been removed, but he may yet be punished for it.

Silly, Senseless, Asinine and Unscriptual.

Furthermore, according to this plan, a man can be born of God, (born again) yet, depending on his behaviour, (or lack thereof) he can be un-born again. He can be given eternal life and yet be permanently damned. He can be loved of God, but by the time he arrives at the Judgment Throne, He may find out that God actually damns him.

These are awful lies to tell about the Lord Jesus. These fabrications portray a God whose love is both unstable and changeable. They tell us of a God who evidently does not know the end from the beginning. These misguided ones say that Christ can redeem a man, wash him with His blood, but yet lose him.

This doctrine portrays Christ, not as the Good Shepherd, but as the careless one who loses sheep (see John 10:14). He is the redeemer whose redemption does not redeem, the Saviour whose salvation does not save; the Justifier whose Justification does not Justify and the reconciler whose reconciliation does not reconcile.

He’s the Christ who shed His blood, but His shed blood does not guarantee anyone a secure passage to heaven. This Christ of the ´Eternal Insecurity´ devotees is a sad and sorry saviour who can buy and pay for sinners but cannot guarantee that death and destruction will not rob Him of His purchase. This vile gospel is no gospel at all for it declares a Christ who cannot and does not save to the uttermost (see Hebrews 7:25).

The Eternal Insecurity preacher should get honest and preach, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you may still be damned.” This, after all, is his message.

So let‘s re-state the heinous ´eternal insecurity´ position. Its proponents tell us that some who were Christ´s sheep will ultmately perish. Christ, therefore, we must conclude is an incompetent shepherd. Furthermore, if He loses any of His sheep, the prophetic word of Matthew 1:21 (that He shall save his people from their sins) has utterly failed. If Christ can lose a sheep, the Lord Jesus does not know what He is talking about (see John 18:9; 17:12). Christ can save all He likes, but these saved sinner may yet be damned and sent to Hell.

This “saved yet potentially lost” message is false. It is no message for the child of God to carry. It is a damnable gospel to proclaim.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: When the Spirit Moves!

December 25, 2019 Leave a comment

Salvation is by the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Redemption and Reconciliation, not rules and regulations, are the heart of the Gospel; … nothing else will do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I contend, therefore, that if the preaching of Christ crucified once more becomes the dominant theme of our pulpits, we will see revival. My friend Joseph Terrell nails it when he describes good churches like this, “Preaching Christ and Him crucified…nothing more, nothing less, nothing else!”

We all want to see a revival and a genuine moving of God´s Spirit. Indeed, many theories are being advanced for the accomplishment of such a move. Exciting music, for example, is touted by many as the way forward … but this is a silly notion. Singing endless verses about ourselves and our feelings will not bring an outpouring from heaven.

BTW, I´m not advocating that our services should be cold and heartless. Some people, it seems, mistakenly think they are more spiritual and dignified when they sit in silence without so much as a flinch. Sometimes, however, the problem with those dear folk is they don’t know the difference between dignity and rigour mortis.

May our times of fellowship glorify God with, not just any music, but with the music of the Gospel … the music of thanksgiving for the Saviour and His blood. The Holy Spirit is resident in such praises. He is the Master Conductor of the Music of Grace. He tunes our hearts to love the sound of the Good News.

Also, when the Spirit moves, we will once more hear from our pulpits the old, old story of a finished salvation. In this way, Jesus will be again discovered as Redeemer, Friend, Brother, Advocate, Intercessor, Forerunner and All-in-all.

When the Spirit moves, we will not hear of a work which is half of the believer and half of God. Such an unholy alliance is not discovered in the Bible. As the old-time preacher, John Berridge, said, such a work, if it were possible, would be like yoking a snail to an elephant.

The Lord did not come half-way and say, “I will help with your efforts.” That´s absurd. The work has already been completed at Calvary. A half and half salvation will damn its adherents, but Christ’s taking 100 % responsibility for us saves to the uttermost. It is grace, grace, grace from first to last. In Christ, we have complete salvation.

“Perish every human story,

Every system taught or tried;

God forbid that I should glory,

Save in Jesus crucified.”

When the Spirit moves, our pulpits will once more ring with the good news of the Lamb and His blood. This is the way of revival. We will again hear of the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1) and of that precious blood which “cleanses from all sin” (1 John 1:7) and purges the conscience (Hebrews 9:14).

When the Spirit moves, we will once more be thrilled with scriptures like this, “I, even I says Jehovah, am He that blots out your transgressions for My own sake and will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

Think of it, our sins, no matter what their depth or filth, are forgotten … they are all cast behind His back (Isaiah 38:17). They are completely gone! Sing it loud and preach it often. Such a truth is worthy of our attention.

“My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin, not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Christ Lifted Up Part 2

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32).

There is no doubt or hesitation in this statement. Jesus is saying, if He dies on the cross, multitudes of people will be drawn to Him. There is no hint or suggestion in this statement of any kind of failure in the cross. He MUST be lifted up and as a result He WILL draw all to Himself.

Because of His being crucified, there will be a great multitude which no man can number drawn to him. They will come to Him out of all nations, peoples, and tongues (see Revelation 7:9).

Of course, we must not read into the text (John 12:32) that which is not there. When the Master said He would draw all men unto Him, He didn´t mean all men without exception. That would be contrary to Scripture. That would mean that Hell is a monumental testimony of the failure of the cross. Plainly, the words mean that He will draw all manner of people to Him — Kings, Queens, high, low, rich, poor, moral, immoral and people of every description. All will be drawn to Him (Revelation 5:9).

If we read Acts 15:14, we will see that in the great Council of Jerusalem, James stood up and said that God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His Name.

And the truth is, God is yet calling out a people for His name, a people for His praise and a people for the glory of His grace.

If you are a believer, and I trust you are, let me ask, do you witness for Him and engage to some degree in His work? Is it not an immense encouragement to know that His death was not in vain? His work upon the cross has definite results —the results that He intended. Is it not an encouragement to know that Christ is not disappointed by the outcome of Calvary?

Every mansion in heaven will be occupied. There will be no empty seats. It is the great purpose of the Lord Jesus to, because of the cross, draw all kinds of people to Himself.

It is an immense comfort as we gossip the Gospel to know that there is no failure in the work the Lord finished. Christ is accomplishing His purposes and will continually accomplish them until He comes back again and welcomes all His believing people to Himself.

Hudson Taylor, missionary to China in the 1800s, said, if he had gone out to China with the idea that God was going to convert all the Chinese, he would have left China long ago. But he said he went there with the idea that God would call out a people for His name, and this purpose, he said, was accomplished. He said that in almost every province in China there were numbers ready to meet Christ when He returned.

And so, it is an immense encouragement, as we witness, to know that the Lord´s purposes shall be fully accomplished; His death was not in vain. He shall see, the travail of His soul and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11).

Therefore, we should take Him at His word and believe Him when He says,

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32).

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Christ Lifted Up: Part 1

And if I be lifted up from the earth: I will draw all men unto Me; (see John 12:32-33.)

THREE times in the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to the fact of His being lifted up on the cross. On the first occasion, He spoke about it in a private conversation with Nicodemus. Remember how He said, ´´As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish; but have eternal life´´ (John 3:14-15).

Notice also how He spoke of the necessity of the cross. He said, “Even so MUST the Son of Man be lifted up: “

Again, in a public discourse: in the Temple, Jesus said. “When you have lifted up the Son of Man then shall you know that I am He.” (John 8:28).

Then shortly after His triumphal. entry into Jerusalem He said, “And, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me ” (John 12:32-33).

Those were prophetic words telling of the manner and results of Christ’s death.

If He had been put to death by the Jewish authorities as a blasphemer, His death would have been by stoning; But that was not the way the Father intended. He had purposed to inflict the death penalty on the Beloved One, the representative man. The Father was responsible for Christ´s death. Neither the Jews nor the Romans killed Jesus…. They were used in that terrible event, but Jesus was executed by the Father. Otherwise, justice would not have been served.

But back to our main theme. One of the things we learn from our text is that the drawing of men to Christ would be absolutely dependent upon His death. The Master said, “And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me.” There could have been no ‘drawing of men’ to Christ for salvation if He had not died upon the cross!

We read in John 6:44, “No man can come unto Me except the Father which hath sent Me draw him.” But what would have been the point of the Father drawing men if Jesus had not died for their sins? There would have been no salvation if Christ had not died! And so, in John 12:24 He says, ” except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides, alone.” Jesus was speaking of Himself. He was that corn of wheat, and unless He had died on the cross, He would have been alone. No one would have been saved.

And so, our Lord here teaches us that it was absolutely necessary for the salvation of His people that He should die upon the cross. He does not say. ” If I go on working miracles, my miracles will draw all men unto Me “; or ” I if I go on living a holy, and godly life I will draw all men unto Me. No! A thousand times No! Here´s what He did say. “If I be lifted up (on the cross) I will draw all men unto Me. Thus, our Lord fixes our attention upon His death in order to show that His death was essential for our salvation.

His death upon the cross is the great central truth of the Gospel and except He had died no one would ever have been saved. Therefore, let us hold fast to what has sneeringly been referred to as “Blood Theology.” Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). God justifies … freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24). Whom God hath set forth to be a wrath offering through faith in His blood (Romans 3:25).

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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