Many people and almost every religion throughout the world is trying to make peace with God (as they interpret Him to be) and trying to make peace with the spiritual forces of this world. Collectively we have tried obedience, sacrifice and countless other ideas. I recently saw a video of buddhists putting an orange cloth over themselves, the cloth was draped down from an enormous buddha. They were trying to hide in and find refuge in the massive metal image.
But with no results . The world steadily becomes more violent, the weather gets more extreme and the world is more polluted. People are greedier and there is more homelessness and more violence, mental health issues and abuse every day… or so it seems.
But I am not exaggerating one little bit when I say that I have found something that works – and we didn’t do it. As Abraham said, the Lord will provide…
Genesis 22:8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
This change-over was a Sovereign decision, but we have to believe. That is why we are believers! I already explained how to believe in this post: Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone
In this post I’m making sure that we fully understand that we cannot add or remove from what has been done, because Isaiah speaks about our iniquity being Sovereignly removed as an act of God:
Is 43:22-25 “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel! You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities. “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Is 44:22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.
In Is 43:25 He makes it clear that He has done this for His own sake.
No one had faith when He hung on the cross as the Lamb of God. We simply must come to a point of acknowledging this. Jesus Christ seemed to be abandoned by everyone on His cross. His disciples were in confusion and unsure whether He indeed was the Christ. He returned to them and they had the road to Emmaus experience. They believed after that.
What was it they believed? That Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God that Abraham was prophesying about, that He was and is the Christ that the Prophets spoke about, that He Sovereignly removed the sin of the world as Isaiah wrote in those two passages. It is vital we acknowledge that He took away “the sins of the world” and not just of believers. This must not be denied.
By faith, in faith, through faith
Therefore all these wonderful change-over things described by Isaiah have occurred and are ready to be received by/in/through faith.
In the ESV version of the bible, the phrase “by faith” in mentioned 42 times in the NT but not at all in the OT. The phrase “in faith” is mentioned 10 times in the NT and once in Isaiah (where else would it be?). The phrase “through faith” is mentioned 14 times in the NT and zero times in the OT.
In the KJV version of the bible the frequency of those phrases is pretty similar, but with not even a single reference in the OT. The phrase “by faith” in mentioned 36 times in the NT and zero times in the OT. The phrase “in faith” is mentioned 12 times in the NT and zero time in the OT. The phrase “through faith” is mentioned 15 times in the NT and zero times in the OT.
Receiving by/in/through faith is clearly a NT concept. This is because it has been done on the cross. David’s equivalent word was “will” (God will, I will) and he frequently uses it. He uses “will” because he was looking forward to what God WILL do (future tense) and we look backward to what He DID do.
So we no longer look forward to a time when “God will” reconcile this world back to Himself, instead we now believe “God has” reconciled the world back to Himself. And it’s that simple act of believing this truth, which is what overcomes the evil of this world!
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). – 2 Cor 5:19
For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. – 1 John 5:4
Your faith that HE HAS done it – walking by faith and not by what you see around you – is what overcomes the evil of this world. As you believe “God has” then you bring about a whole new condition in this world.
It’s so simple… how did we miss it for 2000 years? 🙂
The central message of this book is that we should not be waiting for another Messiah to come, Jesus Christ is our one and only Messiah. If there is a promise in the bible about the Christ, then He did it (Matt 5:17). Don’t wait for someone else to come. Don’t wait for Him to come again and do it. He did it. It is finished. It is done.
He is coming back for a radiant bride and nothing less. His work on the cross was sufficient for us to become that radiant bride. Do not expect Him to return and deal with sin or any burden, the bible is explicitly clear that nothing remains to be done…
Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, NOT to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
The Amplified bible expands on that saying “not to deal with sin nor burdens”. So don’t keep waiting for another Messiah to deal with your burdens, our Messiah has come! He is Jesus Christ and He dealt with our sin and our burdens. Accept fully what He has done for us.