Celebrating the Profound Simplicity of Conversion

Isaiah 45-22

Isaiah 45-22When the Philippian jailer asked, “what must I do to be saved?,” Paul didn’t break into a discourse about repudiation of self, cross-bearing, and submission of every aspect of one’s life to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ. All of those are vital to a thorough understanding of the Christian life. But Paul’s response was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” To the thief on the cross’s simple cry of “remember me…” Jesus replied with deep compassion, “today, you’ll be with me in paradise.”

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The High and Holy One

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.” -Isaiah 6:3 (HCSB)

God’s holiness cannot be defined in terms of human goodness for “there is none good, no not one.” Instead, we must realize that God’s holiness speaks of His transcendent perfection. To say that God is holy does not merely mean that He is ultimately moral, but rather that He is completely removed from anything imperfect. His holiness is defined by His separateness.

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God’s New Thing for Your New Year

Based on Isaiah 43:18-21

The passage we are reading is quoted out of context quite often. I have heard well-meaning Christians say, “God says He will do a new thing… well this is it!” But what exactly is it that Isaiah is talking about? Remember that Isaiah very accurately prophesied of the Babylonian captivity to come. He gives the reasons, the indictments for which God is bringing the captivity as judgment.

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