DIG for Saturday the 2nd of April…..why do I keep talking about the finished work of Jesus…..Hebrews 10 v 12

Someone asked me recently, “Vic, why do you keep talking about the finished work of Jesus Christ?”

Well, this is because this is the most significant and important event in the history of mankind!

Jesus came to earth with a mission; He came to bring the peace of God to man, bringing reconciliation and forgiveness from God.

He did this on the cross when He shed His blood after living a sinless life.

How can I say this work is finished?

Well, Scripture is clear that ALL sin was dealt with once and for all at the cross, in that sense it is finished (Hebrews 10 v 12).

Jesus paid for ALL sin for all people at the cross (1 John 2 v 2).

ALL mankind were reconciled and forgiven at the cross, which is why I say it is finished.

Another reason for me saying this is that this is exactly what Jesus said Himself; He said, “It is finished” (John 19 v 30).

In Hebrews we see what Jesus did once He achieved this reconciliation and forgiveness, we are told that He sat down (Hebrews 10 v 12).

That to me is the final evidence that His work is finished, He sat down!

There is nothing more to be done with regards to dealing with sin, with regards to reconciliation and forgiveness.

It is finished!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus s now seated at your right hand, His work finished”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God


DIG for Monday the 4th of January…..sin is NOT an issue for God…..1 John 2 v 2

I wrote about forgiveness yesterday, saying many people still insist on asking God for forgiveness.

This is not because they have an issue with forgiveness, but it is because they have an issue with sin.

The church today has an unnatural interest in sin.

Contrary to what most people in the church thinks, God does not have a problem with sin any more.

Sin was an issue however Jesus came and paid (or was made the propitiation) for sin.

In 1 John 1 v 2 we see how much sin Jesus paid for; He paid for ALL the sin of the whole world.

Everything has been paid for so sin is no longer an issue for God.

There is nothing left for God to forgive.

When Jesus paid for sin He completed His mission and finished His work i.e. He paid for all sin and everything, yes everything, has been forgiven.

If you insist of asking for forgiveness you are saying that Jesus’ work was not quite finished as you are saying there is some of your sin that still needs to be dealt with.

Now this is not an excuse to go out and sin, as sin will have earthly consequences for you and those around you, but it will not affect God and how He relates to you.

Jesus’ work was enough and with regards to sin Father God looks at what Jesus has done and not at what you have done, are doing or are going to do.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that Jesus’ work is finished and He has paid for ALL my sin”.

1 John 2 v 2….And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world

DIG for Wednesday the 30th of September…..standing or sitting, only one has finished their work….Hebrews 10 v 11 and 12

Picture, types and shadows are great ways of expressing an idea or point, and this is used heavily in the Word of God.

Take for example the picture of the priests and Jesus given in Hebrews 10 v 11 and 12.

We are told that the priests (every priest) had to remain standing, to do the same sacrifices over and over again (Hebrews 10 v 11).

Yet after His sacrifice (or offering) Jesus sat down with God (Hebrews 10 v 12).

This is a picture telling us that Jesus’ work is finished.

Man cannot deal with sin on their own, even priests cannot deal with sin.

There was only one man who could do anything about the sin issues and that was the man Jesus, and He could only do this work because He was also God.

As a man gave away so much (Adam) only another man could take it back, yet only God had the power to do it, so a man and God was required.

Jesus was man and God.

He came to earth as a man, perfect and holy and righteous, and offered Himself ONCE as a sacrifice for ALL sin (Hebrews 10 v 12).

He paid, or was the propitiation, for all sin for all men forever (1 John 2 v 2).

Sin has been dealt with, so Jesus can sit down.

If other men were dealing with sin they would still be standing, like the priests, doing the same thing again and again, never getting to the root of the issues.

Jesus got to the root, and pulled it out!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus has dealt with the sin issues and that I have been forgiven for ALL my sin”.

Hebrews 1 v 11 and 12…..And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice, for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God

DIG for Tuesday the 4th of August…..we boast of His love, not our love…..1 John 4 v 10

I put a picture up on my Facebook page recently that went like this, “The man of law boasts of his love for God, the man of grace boasts of God’s love for him” (Dave Feldman).

Reading 1 John 4 this afternoon I was reminded of this quote from that man of God.

Reading verse 10 reminded me that what God has done is far more important than what we have done or do.

Through Jesus Christ all our sins were paid for and dealt with, even before we were born (1 John 4 v 10 and 1 John 2 v 2)

This was done because God wanted to come back into covenant relationship with man.

And He wanted to do this for us, as He loved us.

He has always loved us, no matter what we have done or are doing as a group (mankind) or as individuals.

His love for us was never based on our performance, His love for use was and is based upon His character and His nature; He is love (1 John 4 v 16).

He cannot do anything but love you, and our love for Him comes form this and from a realisation of what He has done for us through Jesus Christ.

You see, even our love comes out of His love.

Our love is nothing to boast of, it is only His love that is worthy of boasting about.

Jesus and His finished work in dealing with our sin is what we should be boasting about.

His performance was amazing and perfect, so that our performance did not have to count.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you loved us first, and thank you for the wonderful finished work of Jesus Christ”.

1 John 4 v 10…..Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins

DIG for Wednesday the 26th of November…..the payment was made once, you do not need to pay any more…..Hebrews 10 v 12

There seems to be a wonderful truth hidden from the majority of the body of Christ; the truth that all sin has been dealt with, and that the payment for sin has already been made.

It looks to me as if many people are still trying to achieve forgiveness, and pay for sin, through their own self-works and self-efforts.

This is not required.

The Word is very clear that all sin has been paid for already.

Jesus was the propitiation, or payment, for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).

Jesus offered one sacrifice (Himself) for sin; and not just some sin, but ALL sin FOR EVER (Hebrews 10 v 12).

Jesus made one offering of Himself so that we could be free from the bondage of sin and death (Hebrews 10 v 14).

Jesus has dealt with sin and because of this God chooses to not even remember our sin any more (Hebrews 10 v 17).

Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father, in His rightful place of authority and exaltation, with His work finished.

His work is finished as sin has been dealt with, and in the context of sin and how God sees it our work is finished as well.

There is nothing more we can do, nothing extra we can add to the already finished and perfect work of Jesus.

All we can do is thank Him and enjoy living with that truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that He has already made the payment required for my sin to be removed”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God