When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
John 19:30 (KJV)
The greek word for salvation is sozo. The meaning of sozo includes healing, soundness, deliverance, to be brought into safety, to have of our needs be met, and to be set free from the powers of darkness. Jesus, speaking of salvation, said that it is finished. Therefore whatever the need may be in your life, realize that it is already finished and available. May you receive this good news by faith, and thereby see it manifest as the reality of your day to day life!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing His Son forth into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, safety and every need being met in spirit, soul and body. We lay hold of this indescribable gift not through our own works or efforts, but through placing all of our our faith, trust and confidence in Jesus.
The LORD will give strength to unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11 (KJV)
God has promised to give us strength and to bless us with peace, yet the key is for us to remember each day to turn to Him in faith and expectancy. And so let us realize that He is our source for absolutely everything, and that it is in our total and complete dependence upon Him that we actually find our strength, our peace, and anything else we may need.
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.)
Romans 5:17 (KJV)
In Christ we are called to reign in life. This means we are to be victorious in every arena of life as a result of the victory Jesus has already won for us. We are empowered to prosper as we receive God’s gift of righteousness in Christ Jesus, which then results in an abundance of grace—God’s unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor—shining boundless upon our lives.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Philippians 3:12 (NKJV)
We are continually called to press on to lay hold of all that God has prepared for us. May we be comfortable with the journey, with the fact that we are still a work in progress, yet may we always press more fully towards who we have been created to be in Him. Each day offers a fresh opportunity to let go of the old, and to lay hold of the newness of life in Christ Jesus.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)
Everything ultimately comes down to our relationship with Jesus. We were called into fellowship with Jesus, and the more we fellowship with Him, the stronger our trust and confidence in Him becomes. The more we take our focus off of ourselves and place it on Jesus, the more receptive and available are we to seeing God’s goodness and unmerited favor in our lives.
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
1 John 3:23 (NKJV)
Under the new covenant God’s commandment to us can be summed up in this: that we should believe on the Lord Jesus, and as a result walk in love towards each other. Notice that the commandment to walk in love follows our having received Jesus. And so everything begins and ends with Jesus. He puts us into right standing with the Father, and as a result of our right standing our conscience is cleansed, our hearts are purified, and we are made free to walk in love.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
The knowledge of God and the finished works of Jesus yields in an increase of grace and peace. The more we meditate on the truth that Jesus has done everything He needed to do to give us full and complete access to the riches and blessings of the kingdom, the greater becomes our peace in Him. This dissolves anxiety and feelings of doubt and unbelief, and we start to expect to see the manifestations of His goodness in our life.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
We should never allow our minds to become lazy, idle or indifferent with regard to what is true about us in Christ. To be sober-minded is to be continuously filled with what the Word declares over us. And so let us keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and let us be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. May we be encouraged that our confident assurance is not in ourselves, but in the grace of our Lord and everything He has already made available to us.