Our gospel is completed but not finished


Our gospel has been completed from the foundation of the world.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.[1]

Not only do we have the testimony that God rested on the seventh day, we have the testimony that from God’s perspective His work has been done since the foundation of the world.

We have the testimony that even Christ Himself was slain from the foundation of the world.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.[2]

Even your name as a believer has been written in the Lambs book of life since the foundation of the world. 

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.[3]

Even your name as a believer has been written in the Lambs book of life since the foundation of the world.

Even our spiritual eternal dwelling and inheritance has been prepared since the foundation of the world.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:[4]

So in all ways and in all manners, our gospel has been completed since the foundation of the world.

But it is not finished.

We all know this famous scripture that Jesus quoted when He started His ministry.

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,[5]

But do you know He put the scroll down before He finished the passage of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Himself?

and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.  And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.  But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.[6]

Even though our gospel has been completed since the foundation of the world and God rested on the seventh day, there are still things that we have yet to see happen.  Has the day of vengeance yet come?  Has God gave them beauty for ashes, has He made it so they can be called trees of righteousness yet, has He made it so the gentiles will serve them?  No He hasn’t. 

All things are completed in our gospel from God’s perspective.  This is more than foreknowledge.  Our gospel is completed in God before the foundation of the world, but to us the recipients it is not finished.  Since God had completed our gospel and our inheritance from before the foundation of the world should we not preach the gospel?  Of course not!  Those for whom the gospel was intended still needed to have the gospel preached to them.  Even Christ still needed to come for the recipients of His grace.

So we can see in every way our gospel is complete and nothing is lacking and furthermore it is already accomplished by God.  It is the manifesting of itself to its recipients that God is patiently forbearing with us.

We can see the Jews were expecting their Messiah to fulfill all the Isaiah spoke and not just the first part, this is why the disciples wanted to know if He was going to establish His kingdom.  Just as the Jews have yet to see all prophecies concerning their Messiah come to be manifest, so we too as Christians have yet to see some things that were spoken of yet to be manifest in our lives.

Just as our brothers of the Jewish nation have a future expectation of their Kingly Messiah, scripture teaches we Christians have an expectation of our coming Messiah bringing us our salvation.  Now of course both Calvinism and Arminianism teach we have already been given salvation and this causes a lot of tension between the two. 

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.[7]

However understanding that our gospel is complete but not yet finished erases this contention.  If when Christ comes again, He brings you your salvation then you are saved and eternally secure as the Calvinist teach.  If however , you shrink back and shipwreck your faith by not enduring to the end, you as a believer will have fallen away and not abiding in Christ find yourself outside of God’s grace and subject to damnation. 

We see that waiting for the manifestation of our completed gospel is what erases the error of the doctrine of man in our gospel. 

Please feel free to go to my blog “The Gospel According to the Gospel” to see my many efforts and scriptural support of this hope of salvation held out in the gospel as Paul would say.  Until then understand there is a goal to your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.[8]


[1] Hebrews 4:3

[2] Revelation 13:8

[3] Revelation 17:8

[4] Matthew 25:34

[5] Isaiah 61:1-2a

[6] Isaiah 61:2b-6

[7] Hebrews 9:28

[8] 1 Peter 1:9

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