Brief Notes

It is
Done, Done,

23 March 2024

The Lord’s work of redemption
is completely finished, and yet,
there is still more to be done to
carry out God’s eternal purpose

As the believers in Christ we should surely treasure the Lord’s ringing declaration from the cross, just before He died, that,

It is finished!
— John 19:30

This tells us that the work of redemption has been fully accomplished, and nothing ever needs to be, or even can be, added to it, for “Jesus paid it all,” as the hymn says. To say otherwise, that we must add our works to what He has done in order to be forgiven, is actually an insult to what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. All we must do is believe and receive it; praise Him!

And yet, there are two other places in the New Testament where God says basically the same thing:

“It is done!”

Why is this, if the work of redemption has already been completed?

It is because these two other “Done’s” refer to the two other aspects of God’s work that are not yet complete, and which must be accomplished before God and His creation can enter into rest. In addition to the work of redemption, there is, on the negative side, the matter of carrying out the judgment upon Satan and the world. On the positive side, there is the matter of fulfilling God’s eternal purpose.

In the book of Revelation, after the angel pours out the seventh bowl of God’s ultimate judgment, John tells us,

A loud voice came from the temple, from the throne, saying, It is done!
— Revelation 16:17

The pouring out of this bowl is for dealing with all of God’s enemies. It marks the end of the Great Tribulation, and so includes the destruction of Babylon (Rev. 17-18), the destruction of the Antichrist and his armies at the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:19-21), and Satan’s being cast into the abyss (Rev. 20:1-3). Thus, it completes the judgments of this present age. Only at this point, then, can God declare “It is done!” in relation to such judgments.

The third and final “Done!” comes in Revelation 21, the next-to-last chapter of the entire Bible. First, the apostle John tells us,

I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
— Revelation 21:1-2

Then, a few verses later we read,

And He who sits upon the throne said,

Behold, I make all things new!

And He said,

Write! For these words are faithful and true.

And He said to me,

It is done!
I am the Alpha and the Omega,
    The Beginning and the End.
— Revelation 21:5-6

Thus, this final “Done!” is spoken only after the first heaven and earth pass away, and the new heaven and the new earth, with the New Jerusalem as the center, are brought in. This is the “Done!” that relates to the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose, that is, to have the New Jerusalem as the center of the new heaven and the new earth.

So, as the believers in Christ, we need to be clear that there are three basic aspects to God’s work, each of which must be completed in its turn. The first is the work of redemption, which has indeed been fully accomplished already. The second, however, is still future; it is the dealing with God’s enemy, which will only be carried out at the end of this age. These two “Done’s” prepare the way for the final, ultimate “Done,” the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose in the new heaven and new earth, in which God will finally have the New Jerusalem as the fulfillment of His eternal purpose.

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