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The All Pervasive Effects of the Redemption in Christ Foretold

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD” (Isaiah 2:2-5).

Albert G. Stoner Jr.The redemption that is in Christ is declared to be abundantly sufficient to recover both Jew and Gentile from their state of lostness because of sin, and to effectually draw them forever into the Presence of God. It remains for men only to repent, and be baptized for the remission of their sins, that they may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38-39). Men are now justified before God by their faith in Christ, and by their continuance in that faith. “And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which” they “could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39).

The scope of God’s redemptive work in Messiah is “all nations”. The evidence of the divine working in salvation can be seen in the fact that the nations mentioned here are not being cajoled or coerced into coming, but rather they are depicted here as flowing unto the mountain of the LORD’s house. The upward flow spoken of here testifies of the divine working in men’s hearts. The Father declared to the Son in Psalm 110: “Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power.” “Iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exod. 34:7) have now been put away from the face of God by the Lord Jesus Christ, so there is nothing that could possibly hinder men from coming unto Him, except for their unbelief and rejection of Him.

In this prophecy it can be seen that the purpose of God in salvation encompasses “all nations”, with the house of Jacob being summoned to lead the way in walking in “the light of the LORD.” God’s salvation is “to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile” (Rom. 2:10). The inclusion of “all nations” was, however, purposed by Him from the very beginning. In the Garden of Eden the promise of the bruising of the serpent’s head was made, in actuality, to “all nations”, as God addressed the first man, Adam, and his wife, from whom the “all nations” would come forth.

In the Last Days.

The expression “in the last days” seems to point to a time near the end of the world when the nation of Israel shall “turn to the Lord” (II Cor. 3:16; see vs. 13-15) in exceeding large numbers. As Paul declared in his letter to the Romans, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Rom. 11:26-27).

We have not been told all the intricate details with regard to God’s working in the end times, neither the precise order of events before “the Son of man shall come in His glory” (Mt. 25:31). However, we do know of specific things that are on the divine calendar that shall precede Christ’s blessed appearing. We also know that God is able to bring about a turn in world events very swiftly, as He, the “Lord of heaven and earth” (Lk. 10:21), is presently engaged in “working salvation in the midst of the earth” (Ps. 74:12). And it is very possible that, when Israel shall “turn to the Lord”, their very turning shall provoke a world-wide revival. But we are content to watch and wait expectantly for Christ’s appearing, leaving the specific events that will precede His coming in God’s hands.

To Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob God promised: “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy Seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 28:14; see also Gen. 12:1-3; 26:4-5; Gal. 3:16). 18 In Galatians Paul further makes a direct connection between “the blessing of Abraham” and the reception of the promised Holy Spirit by faith, which reception involves the substantive impartation of the great salvation wrought by Christ to men [both Jew and Gentile]. That substantive impartation includes such things as the knowledge of sins forgiven, new creatureship in Christ, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the writing of the Law of God upon the heart. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT through faith” (Gal. 3:13-14).

A Divinely Ordered Sequence of Events.

Paul stresses the direct bearing of God’s salvation in Christ upon both Jew and Gentile, by drawing attention to a divinely ordered sequence of events in the book of Genesis. The promise, given by God to Abram (Genesis 12 and 15), predates the giving of “the covenant of circumcision” (Genesis 17; see Acts 7:8), by which covenant the distinction was first made between Jew and Gentile. In other words, God made the promise of all nations being blessed in his (Abraham’s) seed prior to the time of His making a distinction between Jew and Gentile. And, of course, Paul clarifies in his epistle to the Galatians that Christ Himself is that Seed that was promised (see Gal. 3:16).

The Significance of When Faith Was Reckoned to Abraham for Righteousness.

Hear Paul reason upon this matter. “Cometh this blessedness [described in Psalm 32:1-2; see Rom. 4:6-8] then upon the circumcision [the Jews] only, or upon the uncircumcision [the Gentiles] also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: and the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised” (Rom. 4:9-12)

The Identification of Abraham’s Seed.

“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of One, and to thy Seed, which is Christ” (Gal. 3:16). “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). As Paul reasons by the Spirit in Galatians, Abraham’s seed has primary reference to Jesus Christ, and secondarily, to those who belong to Christ. All the promises of God were made to Abraham, but ultimately to his Seed, Christ, and to all who are in Christ, including all of God’s redeemed sons and daughters which have lived since the beginning of the world. “For all the promises of God in Him [Christ] are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (II Cor. 1:20).

All the promises of God are secured for, and made sure to, believing men and women in Christ. To those who “have the mind of Christ” (I Cor. 2:16), and who have given considerable thought to these matters, the knowledge that all the promises of God are in Christ has become a wellspring of comfort and hope. It makes for great confidence in the living God, and enables men to assure their hearts before Him. Such considerations make for a more fruitful understanding of God’s ways, and of the purpose of God in salvation. In all of these things it is the Lord Jesus Christ, and not us, who has the preeminence: the preeminence that rightly belongs to Him alone.

But let us also be emphatically clear that none of the promises of God are unto those who have neglected so great salvation, or to those who have rejected Christ, and who are outside of Christ. For such ones to think that God will somehow be favorable to them in the last day is sheer folly, and evidence of a delusion of greatest proportion. For God to receive such ones unto Himself despite their rejection of His Son, would put Him in the position of being a respecter of persons, which He is not. It would mean that God would have to deny Himself, which He categorically has said that He cannot do. But, perhaps, the most tender of all considerations is that God would have to apologize to Christ for the great agonies that He endured in the behalf of those who have believed upon His name. AND THAT, HE MOST ASSUREDLY WILL NOT DO! 

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About the Contents of this Writing and Reprint Permission

This writing consists largely of a compilation of Bible lessons, converted to article format, which were given by me (Albert G. Stoner Jr.) at The Banner of Truth Fellowship of Northwest Indiana over the past few years. Except for the Scripture references, the poetic expressions, and hymns which are included herein, the material has been written by me. Regarding the hymns and poetic expressions, I have sought to select those which are in the public domain, and have included the author’s name for each one selected. Until such a time as a copyright would be applied for, reprint permission is given by me, so long as the material is not misrepresented, or used for purposes other than for the building up of the body of Christ. If the material is used, a credit line would be appreciated, but it is not required. “Freely ye have received, freely give.” —Albert G. Stoner, Jr., First Printing, March 2016

In the First Revision of The Prophecies of Christ in Isaiah I have added articles that did not appear in the First Printing, and have revised and supplemented some of the original articles. I have also created and included some charts to go with some of the articles to assist the reader in a mnemonic capacity. —Albert G. Stoner, Jr., First Revision, September 2016

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The Complete Purging Away of Sins by Christ

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW; THOUGH THEY BE RED LIKE CRIMSON, THEY SHALL BE AS WOOL” (Isa. 1:18).

Isaiah is speaking here in the opening pages of his prophecy, in somewhat veiled language to be sure, of the comprehensiveness of the sufferings of Christ to remedy the sin issue. And though the Lord Jesus Christ is not specifically mentioned in this prophecy, He is nevertheless unmistakably identified by the language of God effectually putting away sins. Taking the whole of Scripture into consideration, Christ is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). And from this higher perspective, the message of Holy Scripture in its entirety is all about the Person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ; it is about His putting away of sin by the sacrifice of Himself, and about His readying of a people to dwell forever with the Lord in the ages to come. But in order for this divine purpose to be brought to completion, men had to be washed from the glaringly crimson redness of sin by the incomprehensibly great sufferings of Messiah, God’s Anointed One.

Here in the opening verses of Isaiah’s prophecy, the God of Heaven reasons, not only with His covenanted people Israel, but now in these last days He makes a gracious appeal to all men everywhere, to repent, and turn from their wicked ways, that they may receive the salvation that He is graciously providing in His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. “All manner of sin and blasphemy” have been more than adequately suffered for by Christ, taken away by Him, purged by Him, atoned for by Him, washed away by Him, blotted out of God’s remembrance by Him, and cast by Him into the sea of divine forgetfulness. To all who will hear, God declares through Isaiah: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow! Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool!

Taking into view the entire scope of God’s redemptive work in the Lord Jesus Christ, the salvational and moral change being effected from glaring redness to pure and spotless whiteness, as here depicted by the Prophet Isaiah, would involve the unfathomable suffering of Messiah, God’s anointed Servant. It would entail God’s foreknowing, predestinating, calling, justifying, and glorifying the recipients of His great salvation in Christ (see Rom. 8:28-30). And this would all be “according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11).

From another perspective, the knowledge of this salvation would be experientially worked in the recipients by the divinely ordained means of tribulation working patience, patience working experience, experience working hope, hope making men to be not ashamed before the living God, and the love of God being shed abroad in mens’ hearts by the Holy Spirit (see Rom. 5:3-5). In Christ all have been washed, sanctified, and justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God (see I Cor. 6:11). They “are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10).

The completeness of God’s redemptive work in the Lord Jesus Christ is declared throughout the Scriptures, but particularly in the Apostolic writings is it proclaimed with abundant clarity. The following are some representative expressions of this completeness:

Paul makes this glorious summary declaration in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia. “And by Him (Jesus Christ) ALL THAT BELIEvE ARE JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS, from which” they 16 “could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39; see also vs.14-41). The promise is to ALL that believe, with no exceptions. It is to all that BELIEvE, for there is no other way for men to lay hold on God’s salvation in Christ Jesus. Such believing ones are declared to be JUSTIFIED BEFORE THE LIvING GOD FROM ALL THINGS, concerning which the Law was able only to convince of sin, and to condemn. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3-4).

All Have Sinned, and Come Short of the Glory of God, Being Justified Freely. The same Apostle again takes up a similar refrain in his epistle to the Romans: “For ALL HAvE SINNED, AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD; BEING JUSTIFIED FREELY BY HIS GRACE THROUGH THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His (Christ’s) blood, to declare His (God’s) righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Rom. 3:23-25). Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow!

In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul declares the comprehensiveness of God’s working in salvation from yet another perspective. “But of Him (God, the Father) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Cor. 1:30-31). WISDOM—RIGHTEOUSNESS—SANCTIFICATION—REDEMPTION is to be regarded as a complete and total working of God through His beloved Son, with nothing left for men to do, except to obey the gospel, believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow! Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool! All Things Are of God, Who Hath Reconciled Us. “And ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, WHO HATH RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF BY JESUS CHRIST, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit (that is to say), that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. FOR HE (GOD, THE FATHER) HATH MADE HIM (JESUS CHRIST) TO BE SIN FOR US, (EvEN HIM) WHO KNEW NO SIN; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM (CHRIST)” (II Cor. 5:18-21).

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (II Cor. 5:19). In these marvelous words is the message of the gospel expressed in concentrated form. At the cross God was reconciling the world unto Himself by the sufferings of Christ. He was not imputing our trespasses unto us, because He had imputed them unto Christ, when He bore our sins in His own body on the tree. And now, for God to impute our trespasses unto us, particularly to us who have obeyed the gospel, and are continuing steadfastly in the faith of Christ, would entail what is commonly called “double jeopardy”. All iniquity, and transgression, and sin [including ours] have already been abundantly paid for once by the Lord Jesus Christ, and for God to require an additional payment for sins from us, who are in Christ, would be antithetical to all that is revealed about His Person and government. The one all important stipulation is that this provision of complete amnesty for men is unto those who are “in Christ”, even unto those who have availed themselves of this blessed provision. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (II Cor. 5:20).

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About the Contents of this Writing and Reprint Permission

This writing consists largely of a compilation of Bible lessons, converted to article format, which were given by me (Albert G. Stoner Jr.) at The Banner of Truth Fellowship of Northwest Indiana over the past few years. Except for the Scripture references, the poetic expressions, and hymns which are included herein, the material has been written by me. Regarding the hymns and poetic expressions, I have sought to select those which are in the public domain, and have included the author’s name for each one selected. Until such a time as a copyright would be applied for, reprint permission is given by me, so long as the material is not misrepresented, or used for purposes other than for the building up of the body of Christ. If the material is used, a credit line would be appreciated, but it is not required. “Freely ye have received, freely give.” —Albert G. Stoner, Jr., First Printing, March 2016

In the First Revision of The Prophecies of Christ in Isaiah I have added articles that did not appear in the First Printing, and have revised and supplemented some of the original articles. I have also created and included some charts to go with some of the articles to assist the reader in a mnemonic capacity. —Albert G. Stoner, Jr., First Revision, September 2016

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