TEXT: ISAIAH 33:13-24.
🔑KEY VERSE “And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (ISAIAH 33:24).
Only through Christ Jesus can mankind secure the double cure for the double malady of sin and sickness.
Our passage today shows the reaction of the inhabitants of Zion to the miraculous defeat of the Assyrian army and portrays the final defeat of the Antichrist and false prophets by Christ. God has used these events to call all that are near and afar to consider their ways and turn to Him. First, we see the hypocritical sinners in Zion gripped with fear at the mighty power and holiness of God. “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burning?’
Throughout the ages, the response of God has always been the same to all who seek to be in His presence (Psalm 15:2; 24:4). He is gracious and merciful to those who walk righteously, speak uprightly, avoid oppression, deceit and blood guiltiness.
Those with clean hands and a pure heart will see the King in His beauty.
How then can sinful and defiled man come before the Most High God? It is only through repentance from sin and faith in Christ’s atoning work. God sent Jesus Christ to take away our sins and to cleanse us from its pollutions. He came and preached repentance and new birth as a means of coming into the presence of the holy God. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
The benefits of a right relationship with God and living according to His word are many: we enjoy safety and security from our foes, healing from diseases and the final salvation with God in eternity. Indeed, it can rightly be said of those who make Jehovah their Lord, “Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins” (Isaiah 40:2).
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY He who saves also cleanses from all sin.
COVER TO COVER LUKE 20-21.
The all round salvation that Jesus purchased
1. Salvation from all sins v15. These include corruption, bribery, fraud, hatred for entertaining videos of violence and evils.
2. Deliverance from guilty conscience and the terror of hell fire vv14,24b.
3. Preservation from attacks, both physical and spiritual, including oppression from the enemies v16,19.
4. Provision of basic necessities of life v16.
5. Direct and sonship access to God, the Father v17.
6. Healings, deliverance from the consequences of forgiven sins and good health v24.
7. Final salvation: eternal admission to heaven as kingdom citizens vv20,21.
Freely ask for forgiveness and total freedom from all sins🙏
Pray for any of the present blessings of salvation that is lacking in your life🙏 Jesus paid for them all on the cross.
Passionately pour out your heart to God that He will not allow you to end up in hell🙏
Pray that God will use all the sermons we are hearing to prepare every one for admission to heaven🙏
HYMN The old rugged cross
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see;
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.