Review | It Is Finished by David Wilkerson


It Is Finished by David Wilkerson
Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin

Chosen | 2013

It is Finished was originally published under the title 'The New Covenant Unveiled' which is referred to as David Wilkerson’s “capstone teaching”. Aside from the title, the difference with this publication is the addition of questions for group study at the end of each chapter. Even though intended for group use, I found it helpful to use them for myself to consolidate what I had just read.

I could not help wonder why the estate of Wilkerson had changed the title as the old one seemed much more appropriate for this book, as it is a study of the New Covenant, and is more theology than “self-help”. At first it seems as if the content is a little irrelevant to the new title, however, as the book progresses there is enough application and sharing of testimonies. The reader who has picked this up wanting help to overcome a specific issue will be able to see and apply the truth amidst all the self-help which is available in the market at the moment. The basic truth is that our victory all comes back to the cross and the person of Jesus Christ.

Wilkerson’s study on the New Covenant is written in a way which is simple enough for the new believer to get a solid grasp of the concept, but it is also enough to minister to the more mature Christians who are already familiar with this teaching.

At some points I found I was not clear on the context of what he was writing, so there were a couple of “tightrope moments” where I was not sure if I agreed with some basic premises. However, reading on to the point of application, and understanding the context of what he was saying, we were back on solid ground. I encourage anyone who also finds themselves thinking, “I am not so sure I agree with this,” to keep reading on and all will be made clear.

I found that Wilkerson’s writing is aimed at addressing incorrect teaching on sin and victory in the church. Much of what this book teaches will not be new to more mature believers. However, even as a reader who is very familiar with the concept of the New Covenant, I found this to be a helpful refresher. The book can be used as an aid to scripturally explain more effectively the basis of both the Old and New Testament. I enjoy exegesis and theology, so Wilkerson’s teaching appealed to me and sent me to my Bible and online commentaries to dig deeper into the passages he teaches from, usually ending in some kind of detour as I had become fascinated by something else—always a good thing!

I would recommend this book for anyone new to the faith, anyone from a background of “works over grace”, and seekers who are at a point of frustration with on-going battles in their lives. But be prepared to answer more questions. This book is for anyone who simply enjoys digging into truth and dwelling on the amazing story of what God has done through the person of Jesus.