Monday, January 11, 2016

Isaiah 62:1-5 Saved for a Glorious Future

KEY TEXT: Isa 62:3-4 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her (NIV: Hephzibah), and your land Married (NIV: Beulah); for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.

KEY THOT: Whatever may be our past, we are new creations in Christ: we are all given a “new name”. Formerly, we may be called “Forsaken” or “Desolate” but now we are called Hephzibah (“My Delight is in Her”) and Beulah (“Married”). We are no longer deserted but wanted by God Himself. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” It has been said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.” 

However negative our past self-image may have been, in Christ, we have a new glorious self-image patterned after Jesus Christ: no longer called “unloved” and “unwanted” but “beloved” and “well-pleased” children of God. No longer lost, but found. God will give to each one of us a special nickname that no one knows when we meet Him face to face: “To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it" (Rev. 2:17).

Instead of looking back into our past with regrets, Christians are people who can look into the future with hope, knowing that the best is yet to be: “The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow” (Isa 62:2). The fruit of our salvation is the glory of imparted righteousness as we walk by the Spirit. We are filled by the Spirit as a gift of grace but we become full of the Spirit as a choice we make daily to walk in steps with the Holy Spirit.

Father, what a glorious future You have given us in Christ. You have saved us and transformed us from the poor self-image of our past into the glorious Christ-image of our future. Thank You Father for Your grace! Amen.

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