There are many reasons why Christians “groan” (cf. Rom. 8:18-27) over the sufferings of this present age. This might be due things like sicknesses, relational conflicts, financial struggles, or any other of a number of problems. Another reason Christians agonize in this present age is because they grieve over the rampant evil that dominates this sin-cursed world. Ezekiel described it by the way that believers “sigh and groan over all the abominations” of a fallen world (Ezek. 9:4). Jesus described it as “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matt. 5:4). The good news, says Jesus, is that the believers who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled when Christ brings His kingdom to this world. Isaiah 4:2-6 is one of many passages in the Old Testament that tell us about this coming kingdom. Today’s blog comes from my Isaiah manuscript to tell us about this coming kingdom.
Although s , will fulfill His with cf. Isaiah highlights four promises.
that Only Christ can bring the righteous kingdom this world needs.
The time of the kingdom
and Isaiah tells us that it is “in that day” that He will do so—the end of the age when He sends His Son to restore a fallen world. telling us how God will judge the world in
The Ruler of the kingdom
The origin of “Branch” terminology. 5,over had nmto him that the Savior of the world would come from his descendants
The development of “Branch” terminology. certain says
The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God, but only those who have been purified by faith through the cleansing grace of God.
Only a remnant enters the kingdom
. These are e “” another expression referring to the remnant; cf. “”“”
The remnant is an object of redeeming grace
will save in the midst of the tribulation period , 31; cf. Isa. 27:12-13 do all preserve His people and to the remnant faith in wo the nation will die 8 God will
One aspect of God’s kingdom restoration includes the promise that He will once again dwell in the presence of His people. Isaiah assures us that God’s saving grace will accomplish such a restoration.
The dwelling of God will be in the midst of a purified people (v. 4)
in the Bible cannot happen .
The dwelling of God will be a brilliant display of divine glory (vv. 5-6)
Summary and application One lesson for us all is the only brings
sitself its end has run its c (, Dan. 8:17, 19; cf. 11:36; 12:7), indignation ; ; )
(which actually began in Genesis 1-2) sin. At the present time the Scripture shows that this indwelling is by the Spirit in the church (2 Cor. 6:14-18). The future starting with the return of Christ aof God with His people new creation