Chapter 5: A Complete Saviour

As we come to the contemplation of this chapter, we need to remind ourselves that Jesus' sacrifice was 'enough', that the demands of the law have been 'fully satisfied', and that an entire planet has been reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

There are many implications attached to these glorious thoughts, but there is one conclusion that we must draw from what we have thus far considered, and that is the fact that Jesus is a complete Saviour.
Then, if this is the case, we must also conclude that there is nothing that we can do to complement the salvation that God has provided for the entire human race. Yes, we can reject it, but we cannot contribute to it or add to it.
'Under the mighty impulse of His love, He took our place in the universe, and invited the Ruler of all things to treat Him as a representative of the human family. He identified Himself with our interests, bared His breast for the stroke of death, took man's guilt and its penalty, and offered in man's behalf a complete sacrifice to God. By virtue of this atonement, He has power to offer to man perfect righteousness and full salvation.' (7BC924)
If the death of Jesus represents a complete sacrifice, and if He is a complete Saviour, what, we must ask, can we do to add to our salvation?
'All that man can possibly do toward his own salvation is to accept the invitation, "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.'' ' (6BC1071)
'Our salvation is complete, because it is founded on the accomplishment of a plan laid before the foundation of the world.' (RH07-25-99.14)
Many have a great struggle with the concept that Jesus is a complete Saviour, . . . somehow the human heart insists on believing that we must add something to what Jesus has already done. Somehow we feel that we must append something to the Sacrifice that heaven has declared to be 'enough.' Somehow, we feel that we must work hard at being good Christians in order to reconcile ourselves to God. Yet Scripture makes it abundantly clear that . . .
'No one can ever be made right in God's sight by doing what the law commands.' (Romans 3:20 LB)
Let us not be mistaken in this matter, however, our doing of what the law commands is God's sweetest dream for every one of His children, but the great and humbling fact of life is that our obedience, or works of righteousness, cannot make amends for our past mistakes and, as such, they cannot possibly reconcile us to God. This is why God was forced to institute a plan whereby . . .
'We were reconciled to Him by the death of His Son.' (Romans 5:10)
In other words, our obedience cannot narrow the gulf that sin has set between a perfect God and His fallen children. Nor can our works of righteousness earn our pardon or contribute towards our salvation in the least degree. The fact of the matter is that, . . .
'The law demands righteousness, and this the sinner owes to the law; but he is incapable of rendering it.' (1SM367)
In simple terms, therefore, human righteousness, that is, all human righteousness, has no redemptive value whatsoever. In fact . . .
'If you would gather together everything that is good and holy and noble and lovely in man and then present the subject to the angels of God as acting a part [even a minor part] in the salvation of the human soul or in merit, the proposition would be rejected as treason . . . any works that man can render to God will be far less than nothingness.' (FW24)
We conclude, therefore, that we cannot even claim that our works are without value for, in truth, our works of righteousness are actually worth less than nothing. This is why any proposition to the effect that our works have merit for salvation would have to be considered by God as a form of treason or, in other words, as rebellion against His government.
Hence the warning, . . .
'Let no-one take the limited, narrow position that any of the works of man can help in the least possible way to liquidate the debt of his transgression. This is a fatal deception.' (6BC1071)
And this is why God had to provide a complete Saviour and a complete substitute. And this is why Jesus had to provide all the works that were necessary to satisfy all the demands of the law - and this He had to do on behalf of all people for all time.
As much as God desires that works of love should adorn our characters, therefore, He nevertheless wants us to realize that our . . .
'Works will not buy for us an entrance into heaven.' (1SM388)
Until such time as we accept this humbling fact, we cannot experience the wonderful peace and extreme joy that come from knowing that . . .
'The one great offering that is made is ample for all who will believe.' (1SM388)
And so God is offering to every one of us a rest that is sweet, and a hope that is absolute - a rest and a hope that can only ever grow out of the knowledge that . . .
'Our salvation is complete, because it is founded on the accomplishment of a plan laid before the foundation of the world.' (RH07-25-99.14)

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