John 19:28-30, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.” When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
I hear many preachers misinterpret this passage. Nothing was finished on the cross concerning redemption! The Gospel, as defined in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 is Christ's death, burial and resurrection (none of which were finished on the cross). Christ had not even died yet when He uttered “It is finished.” So what was finished? Jesus tells us in John 19:28—all of the Old Testament Bible prophecy concerning Him up until that point. Everything that Jesus was supposed to do, had been accomplished. Only one thing remained, which was for Jesus to cry out “I thirst!” (Psalms 69:21). Once Christ had made that statement, all of the prophecy concerning Him had been fulfilled, and He could now dismiss His Spirit (die). Remember, Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. Since Jesus was sinless, He couldn't be killed. That is why Jesus commended His Spirit into His Father's hands (Luke 23:46).
The Lord knew His Bible well! You will never find any student of the Bible, who searched the Scriptures more diligently than did our very Savior! When the Devil came to tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:1-10, Jesus used the Scriptures to overcome temptation. When Jesus witnessed to people—whether it be the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4, or the two men walking on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24—He expounded this with the Old Testament Scriptures. Think about that! Over 99% of soul-winning Christians today stay in the New Testament, but all they had to work with in Christ's generation was the Old Testament. And how remarkably skilled they were using it!!!
Let's go further shall we. Jesus did NOT finish anything concerning redemption on the cross. I love teaching the Bible! I love teaching the Bible because God has blessed me with a good understanding of the Bible. I have been saved for 40 years now. I have had the best Bible teachers; such as, Dr. John R. Rice, Dr. Harry A. Ironside, Pastor Jack Hyles, and Dr. Max D. Younce. Hebrews 10:1, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” It is important to understand dear reader, that everything that happened in the Old Testament was written for our learning (Romans 15:4), and as we just read, was NOT the very image of the things they represented. The Old Testament ceremonial laws were OBJECT LESSONS. God never intended for the law (neither moral, civil or ceremonial laws) to give men salvation! As we just read in Hebrews 10:1, the law was merely A SHADOW of good things to come in the future.
Jesus Christ became the fulfillment of those good things to come. Hebrews 9:11-13, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
It disturbs me greatly that so many preachers today totally ignore this passage of Scripture. Anytime you hear a preacher say that salvation was finished on the cross, please tell him he is a liar, according to Hebrews 9:12. The Word of God says Jesus BY HIS OWN BLOOD entered once into the heavenly Holy Place, to obtain eternal redemption for us. So redemption wasn't obtained by Christ on the cross, but through the cross of Calvary. Hebrews 9:12 plainly teaches that Christ obtained our redemption when He sprinkled His blood upon the Mercy Seat in Heaven.
That is why we read in Hebrews 12:24, “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Jesus is our Mediator. A mediator requires two parties, so he can mediate between them. On one side we have God the holy Father. One the other side we have sinful men. Man is not God, and God is not man. But praise be to God, our blessed Redeemer is the eternal and sinless Son of God, Who is both man and God. 1st Timothy 2:5-6, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” Salvation can only be obtained through Jesus Christ.
And please notice that Christ gave Himself as a ransom “FOR ALL.” Here again we see the fallacy of Limited Atonement refuted by the Scriptures. I am shocked that Pastor Charles Spurgeon, as brilliant a theologian as he was (most of the time), blatantly and utterly got this truth wrong! In fact, Mr. Spurgeon taught the Calvinist heresy of Limited Atonement, as does Pastor John MacArthur today. This blatant heresy claims that Christ did not die on the cross for all humanity; but rather, only for the saints. Thus the term “limited.” Dear friend, Christ's work of redemption was accomplished “FOR ALL,” as we just read in 1st Timothy 2:6.
1st John 2:2, “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Could the Bible be any plainer? I think not. I believe that Charles Spurgeon caved in to ecclesiastical peer pressure from other ministers, just like many Neo-evangelicals ministers do today. Sadly, the apostates at Bob Jones University (BJU) in South Carolina have been caving in to pressure from pseudo-scholars, Neo-evangelicals, the LGBTQ community and liberal politicians, for decades now; so much so that the fundamental Christian world cannot even recognize BJU today as being a Christian institution legitimate anymore. Dr. Steve Pettit since 2014 has preached another gospel of hardcore Calvinist Lordship Salvation at BJU, even honoring John MacArthur's Satanic ministry in California. God's curse is upon these ungodly men, and their ungodly religious institutions, for preaching a perverted gospel of partial faith in Christ PLUS WORKS (Galatians 1:6-9; Acts 15:1).
Again, dear reader, I say to you that Christ did NOT finish redemption on the cross. What Christ did finish was all of the prophesy concerning Himself, based upon His thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. I mean, after all, John 1:1-3 and 14 declares that Jesus Christ was the Word of God incarnate (made flesh). Jesus is the Living Word; the Bible is the Written Word. That is why Jesus commands every believer in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” We learn about Jesus in the Scriptures, and Jesus is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).
Redemption was finally completed when the last drop of Christ's literal, physical, liquid, blood was sprinkled upon the heavenly Mercy Seat, which is located in the Holy Place, within the Tabernacle. The Apostle John said that in the future, the city of the New Jerusalem will descend upon the earth, in which is found the TABERNACLE OF GOD. Revelation 21:2-3, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” It is within that Tabernacle of God that the Mercy Seat exists, where Jesus' blood is forever a testimony of His sacrifice for our sins. The blood had to be applied in Heaven folks.
Dr. John MacArthur is an unsaved dangerous false prophet, who teaches that Jesus' literal liquid blood is NOT in Heaven, and that it soaked into the dirt at the cross. Pastor Marty Herron (former pastor of Harvest Baptist Church on Guam) is a big fan of John MacArthur. So also is Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014). Dear reader, you have no idea who corrupt Dr. MacArthur really is. Did you know that MacArthur teaches Jesus' blood was not God's blood? Read his statements for yourself, and weep. In case you did or didn't read it, here are his words again, because this is so important I want you to see this:Pastor John MacArthur heretically teaches:
GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!!! Evidently Mr. MacArthur forgot the VIRGIN BIRTH! What normal man has ever been born of a virgin? That's right, NONE! Jesus was 100% a man, but he had God's divine blood in His veins, making Him 100% God as well; otherwise Jesus would have had a sinful nature, just like you and me (Romans 5:12). Woe unto John MacArthur! Woe unto Bob Jones University for bidding him Godspeed! Woe unto Steve Pettit, Marty Herron and anyone who bids this false prophet Godspeed. Woe unto the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam for bidding this ungodly reprobate Godspeed! 2nd John 1:11, “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” All of the aforementioned religious people have blood on their hands, for betraying the Lord Jesus Christ!!!“It isn't human flesh, human bones, and divine blood. That's not a man. It is medically impossible to think of Christ's blood as divine. It is theologically impossible to think of Christ's blood as divine. It is Scripturally impossible to think of Christ's blood as divine. He would be less than man. His blood is human blood.” —Dr. John MacArthur, 'The Precious Blood - Part 1'