“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” (Isa 40:28 nasb)
Did you know that the book of Isaiah is often spoken of as the ‘fifth’ gospel. This is because from beginning to end you will find Isaiah calling attention to God’s Messiah. And like all God’s prophets of old, Isaiah is recording history before it happens.
The Bible holds vast treasures of wisdom and knowledge. These treasures can be found in the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. They then continue in the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. The treasures are not hidden from us. They are hidden for believers. This is why David said, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” Psalm 119:18
Did you also know that the entire Bible wraps around the Lord Jesus like a garment? Oh yes indeed. This is why it is so important when reading the Scriptures, to look for Jesus.
You see, Jesus is not only ‘the’ Word of God, Jesus is the very heart and soul of the Bible. The story of redemption is the underpinning message of the entire Bible. Try to make it something else and you miss the very essence of God’s Word. Paul is careful to tell us that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. (Cf. Col2:3)
Jesus said to certain Jewish leaders,
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)
The apostle Peter also allows us to understand that it was the Spirit of Christ resting upon the prophets of old, that gave the prophets what they were to speak and to write. Peter says,
“As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.” (1Pe 1:10-11)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The message is that God finishes the work that He begins. God had a plan in place for the redemption of the human race before creation began. And this is where our security lies.
The apostolic writer says that Jesus Christ is both the author and the finisher of our faith. If Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith, this tells us that our salvation rests entirely upon what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do. Jesus is the architect to our salvation. What the Lord began, He also finishes.
Thus we hear from the cross, “It is finished!”
Paul bears witness to this, in saying, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Php 1:6)
Again lets hear God speak to us from the prophet Isaiah:
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isa 41:10)
Well, we’ve seen God’s part in our salvation walk. What then is our part. Listen very carefully to…
The credo of the believer’s walk.
It is wonderful indeed to explore the writings of the Old Testament prophets. But now lets find out what can be summarized as the creed of a believer’s walk. The apostle Paul lays it out as he writes:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; …
“…as it is written, ‘BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.’”(Rom 1:16-17)
Paul is quoting from the prophet Habakkuk. In fact the apostle tells gospel ministers to never exceed what has been written by the prophets. The New Testament takes up from the prophets and completes itself in the finished work of the cross.
The issue is that the walk of faith has a single focus. It is never an issue of feelings, or of faith in faith, or other strange messages that seem to make their way through the ranks of Christendom. The walk of faith has always been about trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ to carry out His purposes in our lives.
Our faith is an out-walking of the message of our redemption in Jesus. Righteous men and women are able to rest entirely in this message of our great Savior, from whose love we can never be separated.
It is also true that our faith is able to enlarge itself as the truths of God’s Word unfolds. The Word of God is the very channel through which faith flows.
Not only that – God says He is going to do something extra, extra special to make sure our journey home is secured. He says, ‘I am going to place My own Spirit in each and every one of My children.
And Jesus says, ‘Not one of them is missing!’
Well, by now you’ve discovered my favorite gospel singing group. Yep, you guessed it, ‘The Isaacs.’
So here is your song for today. Listen to ‘Sweet Holy Spirit,’ by the Isaacs.
Much love coming your way,