Excerpt: “THE PERFECT TENSE: TETELESTAI is in the perfect tense which describes a PAST completed act
with PRESENT effect, emphasizing that the past completed event of Christ’s death on the Cross has
ongoing, even permanent effects. Jesus’ sacrifice may have occurred in time and space, but its results will
last for eternity! In other words, when Jesus declared “IT IS FINISHED”, He was saying that His mission to
redeem sinners had reached its intended goal and that the benefits to the redeemed would last
throughout eternity. Erwin Lutzer adds that “This means that my sins are on Jesus, not on me. Yes, there is sin within me but not on me. My sinful nature keeps luring me toward sin, and even in my best moments my works are tainted with selfish motives. But legally, I am accepted on the basis of the merit of Jesus. Figuratively speaking, I have a new set of clothes and a clear record in heaven. The righteousness of Jesus has been (forever) credited to my account.” All that truth in one Greek tense! Beloved our Redeemer’s ransom payment is sufficient for this life and the life to come! May God enable us by His Spirit, to live victoriously in light of the truth of this “Word of the Cross” (especially the great word “tetelestai”) which is the “power of God” to us “who are being saved (daily by the Spirit)” (1Cor 1:18).