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.
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.
The Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:5 – Why do you want to be destroyed?
The Gospel reminds me that while I was hell-bent on my own destruction, lost in sin, and wise in my own eyes, God loved me.
As someone who is now a believer in Jesus, the Gospel reminds me that there was a time when that was not the case.
When I was on my way to being “struck down” …
When I was continuing “to rebel”…
When my “whole head [was] sick” and my “whole heart faint”, Christ Jesus died to reconcile me to my Heavenly Father.
Not of my own will or the will of any other man, but because God had mercy on me. Praise God!
The Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:4 Weighed-down with Sin
The Gospel reminds me that those who are weighed-down with sin are the ones to whom Jesus says,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matt. 11:28-30 (1)
Some of your burden might be the weight you carry because of the sins of others (sins committed against you), but if you are honest – with God’s help – you could admit that the vast majority of your burden is your own sin.
Cast it off. Repent. Be saved. Rejoice in God’s saving work through Jesus for you.
How quickly our lives could reveal that we have forgotten our God.
How easily you could end up demonstrating that your claim of loyalty and affection is worthless and vain.
- Would even a dog demonstrate more loyalty and affection to its master than you do to your God?
The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.” (1)
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