The Gospel Reminder for The Lord of Hosts Leaves Some Alive: Isaiah 1:9
“The Lord of Hosts”, as one of God’s names, reminds me that I am no longer God’s enemy. Why am I no longer God’s enemy? I am no longer God’s enemy because of my faith in his son, Jesus Christ, and what Jesus did for me on the cross. My faith has justified me before God. Not only do I get to have Jesus take my sins upon himself, but through faith, I also get to have Jesus’ righteousness as my own.
When I stand – one day – before Jesus seated on his judgment seat (Rom. 14:10, 2 Cor. 5:10) – I will stand there as one who – by God’s amazing grace – has the righteousness of Jesus himself accredited to my account. In this moment – only made possible by our Trinitarian God’s work in saving me – I get to stand there as one whose Savior is also the Judge. What amazing grace indeed!!
The gospel reminds me that “The Lord of Hosts” is also the judge who – seated on his bema – will reward believers for the work that they have done (1 Cor. 3:12-15). The gospel reminds me that “The Lord of Hosts” – the commander of heaven’s armies – can bring them to bear against his enemies, and also on behalf of his people.
9 If the Lord of hosts
had not left us a few survivors,
we should have been like Sodom,
and become like Gomorrah.
Rather than complete destruction, the Lord left a few people living.
Though Judah was sinful from the tops of their heads to the soles of their feet, and from the deepest part of their inner beings, “the Lord of hosts” left some of them alive.
Don’t let it breeze past you: it was “the Lord of hosts” who left survivors. This means it was not their own:
- ingenuity, or prudence, to be able to plan ahead and thus withstand God’s judgment;
- well-purchased and planned provisions and defenses that allowed them to hold-out against God’s wrath.
Neither was their survival attributed to their own:
- love for God that earned them a place of protection;
- desire to worship God, according to his law and commands, that afforded them refuge from his anger against their sin.
The only one to whom “a few survivors” can be attributed is the “the Lord of hosts”. The One who commands angel armies for the purpose of judging sinners, is also the One who – for his own will and purpose – leaves some of Judah alive.
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The Gospel Reminder for Sin Affects All Parts: Isaiah 1:6-8
Though my condition – in my sinful nature – was completely desperate, God chose me as his own possession, according to the riches of his mercy.
The Gospel reminds me that I am made whole through the reconciling power of Christ’s blood. It is not a spouse who makes me whole. It is not a therapist or a certain type of behavior modification that brings healing into my life. It is not the persistence, even, of my own faith, and it is not up to how badly I want it.
The power of the Gospel reminds me that it is faith that brings me what I need. The power of the Gospel itself is seen in how much is done for me in exchange for seemingly so little. I can’t pay God enough for it in the first place, nor could I ever pay him back for it after the fact.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
and raw wounds;
they are not pressed out or bound up
or softened with oil.
7 Your country lies desolate;
your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
foreigners devour your land;
it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left
like a booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
like a beseiged city.
How desperate is our condition? How complete are the ravages of our disease? How dire is the diagnosis? How totally sick are we in our sin?
100% not well.
We are completely consumed by the consequence of sin.
Despite your best efforts to quarantine sin to just that one area of your life, it has totally devastated all parts (or, it will break out of the solitary confinement you thought it was locked up in and spread it’s destruction to the rest of your life.)
Before you will recognize just how great a Savior Jesus is, you need a correct understanding of your own sinful nature.
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These 48 clues – some of them explicit indications in and of themselves, and some of them repeated within the list – will lead to the answer, “No – Judas did not lose his salvation.” Cumulatively, they will paint a picture of what is truly descriptive of the group “given” to Jesus. (Click links below to be taken to individual posts where more explanation is provided.)
- Part 1: Verse 3 says, “…they know you, the only true God,”; “they” in verse 3 refers back to the group Jesus is praying for; in verse 2, Jesus first refers to this group as, “…all whom you have given [me].” The first clue, then, in this list of 48 Clues in John 17, is seen in verse 3, and – in particular – the word “know”.
- Judas is simply not a part of this group. The group “given” to Jesus (John 17:2) – the group for whom he prays that they “know” God (v. 3) – does not contain Judas. And therefore, he did not ‘lose his salvation’, having never been a part of that group of genuine believers in the first place.