Isaiah’s profound Words about Jesus are some of the most confirming about the Christ and His life to be.
Chapter 42 will open our eyes to another misunderstanding we find in traditional thinking. “We are not under the law!”
Speaking of “My Servant,” God says through Isaiah,
1 “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street.
3 “A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 “He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.” Isaiah 42:1-4 (NASB)
Young’s Literal Translation quotes verse four this way.
4 “He doth not become weak nor bruised, Till he setteth judgment in the earth, And for his law isles wait with hope.” Isaiah 42:4 (YLT)
Justice or Judgment is righteously administered when the law is clearly expressed. If we are not under the law then there might as well not be any law. Paul however makes a point.
13 “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Romans 5:13 (KJV)
So can we say because there is no law that our sins are no longer imputed? We know better! If we sin at all, there must be law that we are transgressing.
Paul again says, ” Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? Romans 7:1 (NASB) Paul is saying there will always be law!
No doubt in Isaiah Jesus is being prophesied about. Verse 4 has two special factors to consider. How does Jesus establish justice in the earth when he is killed unjustly? Second, what law is His law?
We must consider justice as the prescribed course Jesus had to follow to justify mankind and make reconciliation to God possible. The injustice establishes the justice, giving us a choice. Our choice? We must follow and obey our Source of reconciliation no matter how unjustly we are accused, persecuted or killed, in order to receive eternally the justice purchased by Him. If we choose not to follow we will suffer the justice our rebellion and unbelief will purchase.
We must choose to keep His commandments, knowing the outcome either way. Jesus proved, resurrected life is our outcome but only as followers. This is fair in the eyes of God. He purifies us totally and then through Christ has told us how to stay purified. It begins with crucifying our selves daily, in the smaller things and ends with us possibly being crucified unto eternal life.
There is none of this “Jesus was God stuff.” Jesus came in sinful flesh as the Son of Man. This of all things should tell us that we too can do this with the help of the Holy Spirit and the vision of eternity that Jesus has presented. God makes all things possible. Believing this or not, we must then choose to follow or not.
Any time one says we “must” do something, the hearer shifts in his seat. Oh we do not have to. That is what God will show us on the day we stand before Him, albeit briefly. We CAN do it, because He did it! We do it under the same power by which He did it. This is our final witness to the nations Jesus is speaking of in Matthew 24:13-14. Our belief, our faith, will touch and perplex many unto salvation. Love that is beyond knowledge will capture some.
Some say our perfection is impossible, yet His Word says to purify yourself as He is pure. “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3 (NASB)
Purified sounds a lot like perfection to me. It also sounds like righteousness.
So what law are we under? Paul refers to it. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2 (NASB) We must be operating in that law to be set free from the law of sin and death. We must be keeping that law!
But Michael, Romans 8:1 (NASB) says, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” “FOR,” Paul continues, “the law of the Spirit of Life… “For” is the Greek word “Gar” it is a conjunction meaning “because” among other particles. There is therefore now no condemnation “because” the Law of the Spirit of Life… HAS set or made or hath made, me free… (past tense) Reading on Paul admonishes them to these advantages. “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4 (KJV) “might be,” if we walk, “after the Spirit?” “After is “kata” in Greek, meaning “according to.”
No doubt, we have a choice if we want to benefit from the Law of the Spirit of Life. For definitions of the Law of the Spirit of Life, look to what Jesus taught. These teachings can only be fruitful in us by our choice first then by Spirit of God and so if we are not bearing the fruit of Christ’s teachings, especially “enduring love,” Paul says this, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9 (KJV)
So, to what extent if any are we in the flesh? I can not be Christ’s and remain in the flesh. If I am in Christ I will not remain in the flesh. I must repent of any fleshly violation of the Law of the Spirit of Life and bear the fruit of repentance, pursuing peace with all men. (Hebrews 12:14)
I bring this to you not to win some doctrinal argument. I bring this and other points of concern because our souls are about to be tested to the uttermost and some of our previous understanding will keep us from seeing the jeopardy we are in and the necessity to prepare. If Jesus said there would be a great witness to all the nations in Matthew 24:14, you can trust we will be standing up for something, dare I say, loving not our lives even unto death, Revelations 12:11. Are you ready for that possibility?
God is patient desiring that none should perish. This I believe is why He has waited. Many calling themselves Christians are not ready yet. They lack understanding, they may perish. By His Spirit of Understanding God is trying to reach everyone who will awaken.
The end will begin, He will not wait to return once this message has traveled the world, once all who will die a martyr’s death have died. (Revelations 6:11)
Tonight we are in Russia and India and two dozen other countries. Please loved one’s pass this posting on. The church world-wide must understand what our final witness is. Order the book. Read Chapters 6.6, 8 and finally Chapter 9 written to the “Five Fold League of Servants.” Read previous posts.
Of the end times Daniel 12 has spoke, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.”
The dust of the earth is this life we are asleep in. See Matthew Henry’s commentaries. Or see it in Exit Strategy where I wrote it before seeing it in MH commentaries. God has shone it before. Now he is using someone with no particular standing, just like He has so many times before. Rise up!
Now is our time of His visitation. Embrace as you run His race.
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.
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