If Christ came to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15) and finished the work (John 19:30), what is left for the preacher and sinner to do in the work of salvation?
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” – I Timothy 1:15
If Christ came to save sinners, did he accomplish what he purposed to do or didn’t he? I believe that he was successful.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
Again we ask, did he save his people or didn’t he?
Scripture tells us in Hebrews 1:3 that Jesus, when he had “by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”. He purged our sins by himself, and he sat down because his work was accomplished with 100% success.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” – John 19:30
If it is finished, why preach the gospel or attend worship services? Let us look at something the Apostle Paul told Timothy in II Timothy 1:8-10.
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
We note that Paul didn’t say that life and immortality are brought through the gospel. He said that life and immortality are brought to light through the gospel. When a thing is brought to light that previously didn’t have light, we can see that thing which was there all along; we just couldn’t see it without the light. We have life and immortality because of what Jesus did by himself, and the gospel lets us know about it.
Our service to God is a service of love. It is done not for selfish reasons in order to get something for ourselves but instead because of what he did for us.