Throughout the Old Testament, God obligated himself with promises of what He will do such as I will bless you, I will give you many descendants, I will protect you, I will come to live with you and I will give you a new heart. While God fulfilled some of what He promised to do for his people during the Old Testament period, much was left unfulfilled. However this was not a failure of God’s promise or plan, but rather God’s plan being enacted.
The day will come, says the Lord, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good things I have promised them. In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. (Jeremiah 33: 14-15)
God had planned that his “I wills” would be fulfilled when David’s “righteous descendant” would come and complete his work on the cross saying, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
But even on this side of the Cross we recognize that we still have not received all that God promised. Christ’s work as Redeemer is finished, but His work as Restorer remains unfinished until all who are His are perfected. Christ’s work as Savior at the Cross is finished, but his work as Sustainer is unfinished. His work as Atoner is finished, but his work as Advocate is unfinished. Christ’s work as Sanctifier is both finished and unfinished. Those who are in Christ are positionally sanctified at regeneration, progressively sanctified as the Spirit provides the power to walk in increasing holiness, and will be fully sanctified in the holy presence of Jesus Christ. Christ’s work of putting away sin from “within” the believer is unfinished. Christ’s dying to destroy sin’s penalty for his own is finished, but His living to destroy sin’s power over his own is unfinished.
So we now stand between Christ’s statement of “It is finished!” that He spoke at the Cross, and His declaration of “It is done,” which will come at the consummation of his Kingdom when all things are made new (Revelation 21:6). On that day we will begin enjoying the ages to come, secure in all the fulfilled promises of God.
Prayer – Holy God, I am certain that the good work that you have begun within me will continue until the day that Jesus Christ returns. Help me to finish the race strong until “It is done”.
Revelation Song: https://youtu.be/D-zk-E55dRk
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