“In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:14-17 NKJV
Every day that I live, I am reminded of the surety of salvation in Jesus Christ. I am reminded that He is ultimately sovereign over all that I may encounter, and anything coming against me. In God, my soul is secure, for He and only He has the power to create and utterly destroy.
Reading in Isaiah 54 this morning, offered a great degree of clarity as I read the familiar passage that reminds the believer, by way of application, that no weapon formed against one will prosper. Yes, my body can be killed, but my soul is eternal and in Christ.
As followers of Christ, those who are the born again, are established in the righteousness of Jesus. The surety of the passage is built on the foundation of Isaiah 53, the “Suffering Servant”, and reminds us that the punishment for sin has been paid for by Jesus on the cross.
“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:3-5 NKJV
God demonstrated His full sovereignty over the salvation of humanity, by defining the sin, the judgement for that sin, and ultimately, the provision for payment. He did it all.
Because of this, I know that I can trust in the Lord, for no mere man can do for or against me what the Creator of the Universe can and has done.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:31-35 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, perilous times are coming, and for some, are already here. Let us, in the relative peace of the moment, consider the sovereign, all encompassing love of God. Let us go boldly to share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus dying on the cross, His burial, and His rising from the grave.
Let us tell of eternity, of the truth that those who are saved, have an eternal destiny that transcends the realities of life and death, as we look forward to eternity with Jesus. In doing so, there will be great opposition, as sinners love their sin, and the values of God seem so foreign in our natural world.
The weapons of the evil one are in use against us, as he is the prince of this world, but they will not prosper. Let us take on the armor provided by the Lord.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
Ephesians 6:13-18 NKJV
Let us also be propelled by love. We have been given the greatest weapons of all, in the love of God. In the war that we are engaged in, we must understand that we are dealing with people who need salvation and are in a type and depth of bondage they cannot comprehend. The message of God’s judgement must be tempered by the message of His love:
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
Romans 5:7-9 NKJV
As the weapons of hate are hurled against a us, let us remember that we too were sinners, but we were forgiven. Let us go forward, doing the work with boldness knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God, but those we seek to tell are facing the ultimate separation as many are dying and going to hell.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
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