Nobody Escapes

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God is the shaper of your heart. God does not display his work in abstract terms. He prefers the concrete, and this means that at the end of your life one of three things will happen to your heart: it will grow hard, it will be broken, or it will be tender. Nobody escapes.

- Ravi Zacharias

Don’t You Believe a Word of It!

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Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.

- Dwight L. Moody

Soteriology – Part 14

lakesunMany people think that the Old Testament is a unnecessary part of the Bible because it does not talk about Jesus or Salvation . . . this is a seriously erroneous and degrading idea! And, just to prove how incorrect it is, we will explore Isaiah 59 which clearly points out to even the reason why God sent Jesus!

1. The purpose of Salvation

Isaiah 59:9-16:

9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before Thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment.
16 And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His arm brought salvation unto him; and His righteousness, it sustained him.

This chapter starts out with heartbreaking descriptions of how our world has changed. We see just exactly how important Salvation is because of how desperate we can see ourselves. Read those verses again and see just how sad we have become without Christ.

I love that last verse . . . God saw that no one was interceding on behalf of the people. So, He took care of it. That is why God sent His Salvation.

1. The purpose of Salvation – Nothing shines the purpose of Salvation brighter than our own depravity

2. The prophecy of Salvation

Isaiah 59:19-20:

19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

God promises that, even when life looks worse and seems like it will only continue to destroy. Life looks terrible. That verse describes the enemy like a flood . . . if you’ve ever seen the effects of massive amounts of moving water you can imagine how Salvation from such destruction would be.

2. The prophecy of Salvation – Even when everything seems hopeless, Christ still saves

3. The prescription of Salvation

Isaiah 59:17-18:

17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head; and He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompence to His enemies; to the islands He will repay recompence.

Righteousness has one truly destructive enemy . . . wickedness. In order for Salvation to be applied, wickedness must be destroyed. These verses describe Jesus putting on righteousness, Salvation, a holy vengeance and zeal so he can go to defeat wickedness.

3. The prescription of Salvation – Wickedness must be dealt with in order for Salvation to be fulfilled

4. The proclamation of Salvation

Isaiah 59:21:

21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Everything in this life seems to be temporary. Feelings are temporary and misleading. Our bodies are temporary and corrupted. We are a universe fraying at the edges. However, in the concluding verse for this chapter, God makes it clear that Salvation is eternal.

Even before Christ came, God told us that He would bring Salvation that brought eternal life!

4. The proclamation of Salvation – Salvation is eternal

Rare Attainment

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It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.


– Bernard of Clairvaux