“On mine arm shall they trust.” Isaiah 51:5
The hope of salvation rests on these words, “On mine arm shall they trust.” The words of the Prophet makes this truth relevant to all who will hear what the truth about the nature of God is. God is not far away waiting for the judgment of His creation to take place but rather He seeks out anyone who will respond to His love.
Why must you respond to God’s righteousness to be near Him? Our sinfulness is a chasm that separates us from God. The scripture states, “God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psa 7:11) This seems to contradict the “God is love” understanding many hold as their ideology about God and His salvation.
God is love but He is righteous as well and cannot join Himself to sin or those who sin. The Prophet, speaking God’s words said, “My salvation is gone forth.” To be near to God you must experience His “salvation” to therefore close the chasm that sin has placed between you and God.
We are warned by this same Prophet we must “call upon him in truth.” The question arises, how do we call on God in truth? The scripture offers us this understanding of what the truth is that we must have to approach God. There is only one “truth” and Jesus makes this declaration:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus is the truth and you must respond to His truth if you are to be near to God and experience His offer of salvation. To experience salvation you must respond to His righteousness that He reveals to you by seeking Him in the “truth” of Jesus.
The bible is clear on this issue:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”(Act 4:12)
If you are to be close to God you must close the chasm of sin by the work of the Savior.
When you see God’s righteousness, you see your sinfulness and understand your need to seek Him in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus is how God’s “salvation is gone forth” and there is no other way to be near to God outside trusting in the Saviour.
God has made a way for the forgiveness of sin and to end the separation that it has created between Him and His creation. The plan of God from the beginning of the world was the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus for the final solution of sin. This truth is revealed in this passage of scripture:
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)
Have you called on the name of Jesus in truth? Are you struggling in your walk with God; trying to please Him with your own righteousness? Today, if you will, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near,”(Isa 55:6) you will know the salvation of God in Jesus the Christ.
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