Tetelestai is Greek word τετέλεσται meaning “it is finished”. The final words of Jesus as he was hanging on the Cross. #Tetelestai
It is Finished can also mean Paid In Full. Used in the Gospel of John Chapter 19, verses 30.
“It is finished!”John 19:30
Jesus knew that it was completed the fulfillment of the Scriptures. After Jesus said that It is finished, He gave up the Spirit.
Tetelestai comes from the verb teleō, which means “to bring to an end, to complete, to accomplish.”Christianity.com
- to bring to a close, to finish, to end
- to perform, execute, complete, fulfill, (so that the thing done corresponds to what has been said, the order, command etc.)
- to pay
The word was also used in New Testament time to indicating that a bill had been paid in full.
“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan
Jesus Christ paid the debt we couldn’t pay. He died to save us from our sins.
We should note that Jesus did not say, “I am Finished!” He said It is Finished! He was stating He successfully completed the Work.
These last famous words of Jesus was said on Good Friday on the Cross of Calvary.
- Blue Letter Bible
- Gospel of John
- The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan
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