[Gen 2:1-2 NASB] 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

[Gen 2:1-2 NASB] 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

After creation God said, “It is finished”—and he rested. After redemption Jesus said, “It is finished”—and we can rest. – Tim Keller

Two Completions

There are two times when God said he was finished, and they are exactly analogous. When He finished creating the universe and everything in it, He proclaimed that it was completed. And when He had lived a perfect earthly life and died for our sins, He proclaimed that it was finished. Amazingly, the creation of the universe was only an illustration, a type, of the completion which was proclaimed at the cross. We can see that all of creation has a limited and temporary existence:

  • The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17
  • For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Matthew 5:18
  • Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. Mark 13:31
  • But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10
  • Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. Revelation 21:1

On the other hand, those who have faith in Christ have eternal life:

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. John 3:16

The Church is more Permanent than the Universe

So the entire universe, heaven and earth, are considered by God to be a temporary backdrop to the real drama, which is Christ and the church. When creation was finished, it was temporary. It was a lesser work than the cross. The cross of Christ forged an eternal glory, which is our faith. In the most grandiose and universal way possible, God’s desire had reached its fulfillment. The cross was sufficient to save us, to grant us not only a full pardon, but eternal life. Eternal means, there will be no end to mercy. There will be no threat of ending. There will be no more death. There will be no more fear. There is no more judgement. It has all been judged. We are safe for the rest of time. We are forever secure. We will be a witness to the end of the universe and we will see the birth of whatever follows.

The Embarrassment of Works Salvation

When we try to add works to our salvation or question our assurance because of the persistence of our sin, it doesn’t just fly in the face of Romans 7:15-8:1. It says that we don’t believe that the eternal gift which Jesus forged with His perfection of obedience did not bring all things to completion. It says, rather, that things are still incomplete and that I am the completer. It says that I am my own savior. It is yet another form of the serpent’s voice saying “You can be like God.” It says that creation may be completed, but my eternity has yet to be settled. It betrays the fact that when Jesus said “It is Finished,” we believe He was wrong and that His great sacrifice didn’t really work.

Eternity is Ours

But it did work. Heaven and earth will pass away. We are more permanent than the universe. It really is finished, you are forever secure. He said it is finished, and I believe Him! These are amazing things to consider. Receive the incredible gift through faith.

Nature is only the first sketch. For you must not think that I’m putting forward any heathen fancy of being absorbed into Nature. Nature is mortal; we shall out-live her. When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive. Nature is only the image, the symbol; but it is the symbol Scripture invites me to use. We are summoned to pass in through Nature, beyond her, into that splendor which she fitfully reflects. And in there, and beyond Nature, we shall eat of the tree of life. – C. S. Lewis

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