Paid in Full

For if We Died WIth Him..

When Jesus had reached the end of his suffering on the cross, he said, “It is finished. And then, bowing his head, yielded up his spirit” (John 19:30). The original Greek for “it is finished” is simply teleo. It’s a word used to signify when all requirements have been met and a thing is “completed.” Hence, in Jesus’ time, it was also used to indicate when a person had paid their taxes to the government (Caesar) “in full.”

Not surprisingly, teleo is the root of our word “toll.” Because only when one has paid the full toll are they allowed to pass through the gate. In fact, tomorrow is the tax deadline in my country, the date by which we are expected to have paid our government in full so that we may pass through the gate of legal obligation. Therefore, let us “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Because, yes…

There is another kind of gate. One that leads to life beyond all human expectations, one of “exceeding abundance.” Sadly, however, none of us has the strength of character or inherent goodness to pay the toll. So Jesus paid it for us, and in so doing became our “gate,” the way through which we may enter into that abundant life (John 10:9-10).

And now that he has risen from the dead, he invites us to stop fishing for the toll in the tattered pockets of our ragged goodness. To die to our old lives and rise to new ones. To enter with him — through him — into that abundant life.

“For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him.”

~1 Timothy 2:11

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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30 Responses to Paid in Full

  1. Gail Perry says:

    He is RISEN! Thanks be to God! ✝️✝️🙏🙏


  2. revruss1220 says:

    AMEN! You bless so many through this blog with your insight, theology, humor, and wit. May you and yours be richly blessed today as well.

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  4. Happy Easter, Mitch!

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  5. Mary Ann says:

    Amen, it is a gift we can never repay..
    Thankful and blessed beyond measure for His sacrifice. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Manu says:

    Happy Easter to you Mitch.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Carla says:

    He is Risen! Hallelujah.

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  8. David Pettus says:

    Happy Easter, Mitch. And tetelestai!

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  9. Tim Harlow says:

    Thank you, Mitch. Happy Easter.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. #hood says:

    john 44:55, matthew 47:46, john 35:34-35, 1 timothy 2:13


  11. Beautiful post, Mitch. Have a wonderful week, we call it Easter Week in the Catholic Church, much better than the last week aka Holy Week.

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  12. c.f. leach says:

    Great Post! Happy Belated Resurrection Sunday my friend. May there be blessings and peace in your home and wherever you may go!

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