The Gospel Truth: It is Finished

Through the Emancipation Act signed by Pres. Abraham Lincoln, the slaves were already free whether they believed it or not. That "act" was done. It was already law even though some slaves did not believe it.
Through the Emancipation Act signed by Pres. Abraham Lincoln, the slaves were given freedom from slavery. Some slaves did not believe it right away. They needed to change their minds and accept the truth in order to enjoy their freedom from slavery. They needed to repent and believe!

The Objective Reality

Christ has already done everything that’s needed to be done in order for us to be saved. “It is finished,” Christ said. It’s already a reality. Christ’s atonement is sufficient and effective for all—past, present and future. It’s for everyone—for all (universal atonement). “It’s a done deal” as the saying goes.

This is similar to President Abraham Lincoln’s declaration in 1863 that the black slaves were now free—the Emancipation Act. It was already a reality but some slaves were unaware of it or did not believe it. They continued living as if they were still slaves when in reality, they were already free. They continued to live in misery unnecessarily. It was already true whether they believed it or not. It was really, truly and in actual fact, objectively true that they were already free according to law! That’s the objective truth!

The Subjective, Personal Experience

But their subjective, personal experiences were different fore each and everyone. Some of the slaves believed while some did not. Those who did not believe or were unaware of the Emancipation Act continued to live in misery as if they were still slaves. Those who learned and believed they were already free really did enjoy and experienced for the first time what it was like to live like a free man.

Universal Truth

Christ has already done all that’s needed to be done in order for all humanity to be saved. In fact, in so far as Christ is concerned, “it’s a done deal.” Without asking for our permission, Christ has already died for us even while we were still sinners. That is, even before we had asked for forgiveness, he has already died for our sins on our behalf as our substitute and representative. He has already saved us by and through his grace. And this applies to all.

Personal Experience

People should welcome this truth. Accept this truth. Repent and believe. Enjoy life in Jesus Christ and enjoy the abundant life! That’s why it’s called the good news!

We have been emancipated! We have been set free! “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

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