Salvation, The Bible

It is Finished, Debt Paid in Full, John 19:30 Tetelestai in Greek

Jesus said It is Finished, tetelestai (John 19:30)

3 of the most important words in the New Testament is when Jesus said it is finished in John 19:30! What did Jesus mean when He said it is finished in John 19:30? Why did Jesus say it is finished in John 19:30? It is finished is the good news that Jesus Christ accomplished the work for salvation through His shed blood and death upon the cross, and through His resurrection from the dead defeated sin and death. Salvation is about how good you, not about doing good works, not about which church you go to, not about being water baptized, but all those things are things true genuine born again Christians will do after they become a Christian.

What did Jesus do to make atonement for sin and salvation for the world? What must I do to be saved? The gospel message, the good news of Jesus Christ is that He is the suffering Messiah (Isaiah 53) who came to give His life as atonement for sin through His shed blood and death upon the cross (Luke 24:44-46; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 5:8-9; Colossians 1:19-22; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah who fulfilled Bible messianic prophecies from the Old Testament, died cross to save mankind, the world, and rose again 3 days later by which His resurrection from the dead proved He was truly who He claimed to be. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Saviour, LORD, God, Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), the passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7), and all who repent trust believe in Him will have eternal life be saved from theirs sins and know God personally (John 3:16-18; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-13; 1 John 1:7 1 John 1:9).

It is finished, in John 19:30 Jesus Christ cried out and said, in Greek. The phrase It is Finished means to have a debt paid in full, which was done through the shed blood and death of Jesus Christ upon the cross. It is finished comes from the Greek word tetelestai, (Strong’s Greek Concordance #5055) which in the context of John 19:30 has the meaning of a debt of sin was paid in full, of which Jesus fulfilled and accomplished for salvation (Soteria) for those who would trust and follow Him. Another great Greek resource for It is Finished is the Lexical Aids to the New Testament by Dr. Spiros Zodhiates which states tetelestai has the meanings of: “to make an end or accomplishment”, “to to bring to perfection.” The Bible teaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that He is the Messiah, the Son of God who came to give His life as an atoning sacrifice upon the cross and through His resurrection offers the gift of salvation (Soteria, Strong’s Greek Concordance #4991) to anyone to receive.

Jesus did not have to go to hell to pay for the sins of the world, Jesus did not have to die spiritually or taste spiritual death as many in the Word Faith movement teach such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Bill Johnson, Todd White, and many others who are false teachers. Be careful of false teachers and false teachings of the Word Faith movement who teach a false gospel. Be careful of false gospels which say you must be water baptized in a certain church to be saved, that you must do good works in order to be saved and remain saved. The gospel is good news for sinners and all those who put their complete trust in Jesus Christ will be saved apart from works by grace through faith we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-10).

What Must I Do To Be Saved? link 

What is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ? link

It Is Written – Luke 24:46

44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:44-47 NASB)

For God So Love The World – John 3:16

14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.  16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:14-18 NASB)


9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:9-13 NASB)


Berean Perspective Apologetics

Kelly Powers


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