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“Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” ~Col 1:24

The greatest affliction that Christ suffered could be none other than His death on the cross for the sins of all mankind. In the quoted verse above, Paul seemed to suggest that Christ’s death on the cross was incomplete and still lacking; therefore help was required of him to make up for what was missing. This then raises another question in our mind: is the death of Christ insufficient to redeem us from our sins? Do we need to be like Paul and suffer for Christ to make up for what is lacking, so that our salvation may be made complete? If this is the case, then how much suffering exactly do we need in order to save our soul?

Let us look at Hebrews 10:11-14 and we would understand that Paul was not referring to the insufficiency of Christ’s death on the cross, but something else.

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ as the Eternal Son of God, offered His life, a life that is sinless, holy and unblemished; He offered Himself once on the cross and became the eternal sacrifice for sin. This one-time sacrifice is sufficient to eternally save anyone who is willing to repent of his sins and to acknowledge Christ as his personal saviour. The death of Christ is not only capable of cleansing all the sins of an individual, should the whole of mankind that existed since the beginning of time repent before Him, the Lord’s death would be more than sufficient to cleanse them of all their sins. If there is anyone who thinks that he can add anything more to the Lord’s salvation, then, he must be extremely arrogant and thinks too highly of himself. This is merely his wishful thinking, to presume that he as a sinner is even remotely capable of adding anything to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We have to conclude that it is not possible Paul could ever make such a grievous mistake.