….That we may be Presented To God Complete
Ahaz had turned from the true faith to Pagan gods.
Neighboring countries of Syria and Israel banded together to fight the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Ahaz, the king of Judah, sent for the king of Assyria to come to his rescue.
The LORD God is sovereign in the affairs of the nations and He sent the Hebrew prophet Isaiah to counsel Ahaz. Isaiah said, “Take care, and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because the two stubs of smoldering firebrands . . .” (Isaiah 7:4). The two threatening countries are just burned up pieces of firewood. God said, “It shall not stand, nor shall it come to pass” (v. 7).
What would you have done if you were Ahaz? The pressure on Ahaz was intense, not just the threat of war, but the LORD was breathing down his neck as well. “If you will not believe, you surely shall not last” (v. 19).
Ahaz, you are as good as dead if you do not trust Me. If you trust Me I will deliver you from this smoke, but if you don’t you are finished as a king. Moreover, trusting in the Assyrian army is not trusting in Yahweh.
Ahaz refused to trust in the LORD. So He spoke to the king again, “Ask for a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it as deep as Sheol or high as heaven” (v. 11). Go ahead, ask Ahaz! What an opportunity to see God do the impossible!
King Ahaz got a little religious. “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD” (v. 12). That was exactly what he was doing by not trusting Yahweh. God invited Ahaz to ask for the “sign.” He was not testing God; God was testing him. The “sign” was a pledge of divine certainty, a miracle wrought for evidential purposes.
What would you have asked for? How would you have responded?
Now if Ahaz had been a wise man he would have gone ahead and asked. When God proposes a sign it is not a test; it was an invitation to come and see what God can do in a time of crisis.
“Listen now, O house of David!” Isaiah was annoyed. “Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?” (v. 13). Isaiah did not say “your” God, but “my God.”
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (v. 14).
I have no problem with the “virgin” because I do not have any problem with “Immanuel.” The greater event is not the “virgin,” but “God with us.”
The Incarnation, God becoming flesh, is the great mystery. Isaiah was referring to something very unusual. It would not be unusual for a maiden to conceive; that happens every day. However, an impregnated “virgin,” a marriageable young lady of unblemished reputation would be a never seen “sign.” It pointed to the greater event.
- W. Watts said the sign of the virgin would be “an encouragement to a faithful remnant to Israel. As a wonder of wonders such as had just been offered, and as a condemnation of the faithless elements in the line of David.”
The prophet Isaiah spoke the plan of God, that this savior/child would be born (7:14). His name Immual means “God With Us.”
His birth (9:6f), His reigning (11:1f), and His death as the suffering servant of the LORD, the final sacrifice for the atonement and cleansing of Israel’s sins, all would be a monumental change. (Isa 52:13-53:12).
“God with us.” God walking amongst children, women and men. That is the wonder of wonders. God in the flesh, manifesting Himself would be a super-human person.
God with us is the man who was God. Jesus walking among us was the body of The Deity. Immanuel would Himself be El (God). This child to be born would become God among His people.
“God with us” is now “Christ, in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
For in Christ all the fullness of The Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority (Col. 2:9-10).
How many times have I prayed for The Saint Stephen experience, to be so full of the Holy Spirit that I look like an angel, and fear nothing even to the moment of death? Thus in God, St. Stephen was made complete. In St. Stephen, God filled another normally born, flesh and blood man. The issue of God only into The Christ had extended further. It was propagating like a Morning Glory flowering vine. There was no stopping it now. It was growing out of the earth like bamboo.
It had extended to Stephen and probably to Saul/Paul and John and hundreds of others. This is why The Roman Emperor Constantine could not crush true Christianity. He was attempting to quash God on Earth, to eliminate The Holy Spirit so that he/Constantine could remain the head of all society, Pagan and Christian. But his plan was not going well. When he murdered 20, 40-more came to the faith with such strength of conviction they refused to back away to save their lives!
Later the Vatican sent out a crusade for the same reasons. Thousands of innocents died at the sword of the Knights Templar. Their reward in Heaven shall be great. It’s going on yet, even today. Prophecy indicates it will continue and the ground will be drenched with blood of innocent believers.
How did the LORD God fulfill His “sign” given to Ahaz? The angel Gabriel said to the virgin, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). “God with us” is “Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
But More. The Holy Spirit can come upon YOU. Yes, YOU!!! And YOU, if you start with a mustard seed of faith can grow into a mighty tree so overwhelming in power, strength and beauty that nothing can terrify you, and you might one day do miracles even greater than what the disciples did, and prophesy even as the ancient prophets did.
“God with us.” “Christ in you.”
Not only is all the fullness of The Deity dwelling “in bodily form” in Jesus the Christ, but “in Him you have been made complete . . . (Col. 2:10).
The apostle Paul, in the verses that follow, stresses the Christian’s vital union with Jesus our Christ.
“And in Him you have been made complete . . . and in Him you were also circumcised . . . having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions . . .” (Col. 2:11-13).
Don’t miss the greatest mystery in the Bible. “God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (1:27).
God, (I repeat) is forgiving us all our transgressions. We sinners, having broken God’s Laws are walking criminals. But God loves us so much he is willing to forgive us, if we will openly confess our sins and come to God through Jesus the Christ and bet forgiveness and the entry of The Holy Spirit into our lives.
God’s great goal in the gospel ministry is that we may present every child, woman and man complete in Christ (v. 28).
Inspirational Notes From: http://www.abideinchrist.com/
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