Why would Christ say, on the cross none-the-less, “tetelestai” (in the Greek), which is commonly translated as, “It is finished”, but is actually better translated as, “Paid in full”, due to the custom of the time,
I have a dictionary that weighs 15 pounds and covers all of Grecity up to the year 500 AD. Here are the meanings given to teleioô: complete, round off (a task), to crown (put the finishing touch); accomplish, execute; consecrate, sanctify (through martyrdom)
Additional meanings for the the passive form (the case here): to be finished, accomplished;*often: *reach full growth, to grow to adulthood, come to maturity.
I think someone is “reaching” to make it mean “paid in full”.
But I invite you to read Dr. Scott Hahn’s most interesting interpretation, which makes sense to me. You can find it at
Difficult to read in the red print. I suggest you print it out.
I’m merely asking what makes Catholic teaching on the matter any different than trying to “earn our way there” in virtually the same manner as the OT sacrifices and atonements?
It is clear from so many New Testament texts, expecially Hebrews that Jesus made his sacrifice once and for all. Catholics do not believe that they “earn” their way to heaven, if only it were because we need God’s grace to have even the slightest good thought.
However, we do believe that God, in his goodness,and in consideration of the merits of Jesus Christ, has deigned to give value to our good deeds, not that we could “earn” justification (which is given through baptism) or even salvation (which is the perseverance in the state of grace obtained through justification). What value? The continued help of God’s grace and a “better place” in heaven. What does a “better place” in heaven mean. It means an enhancing of sanctifying grace (the grace of justification) that will enable us to enjoy the beatific vision to a greater degree.
To understand this more fully, I suggest you read a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, starting with par.1987 and that you can find here
I will not have access to a computer for a couple of weeks. So I will not be able to answer your subsequent posts in the immediate.