Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three Words from Heaven



I'm reading through Isaiah right now, and I've noticed something...

He uses three words quite a bit when declaring God's word and God's promises to God's people:

Called, Loved, Kept.

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine"...

Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last...

The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name...

For the Lord has called you...

Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him...

You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”...

I, even I, have spoken and called him; I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way...

I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you...

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you...

A throne will be established in steadfast love...

In love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back...

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life...

In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer...

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you...

I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love...

In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old...

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you...

I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day...

Thus says the Lord: “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you...

Are these three words still given to God's people today?

This Sunday at DPC we'll continue in our reading of Jude:

"To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ..."

These three words from heaven were used in the Old Testament to describe those who trusted in the promise of the coming Christ.

And these three words from heaven are still used in the New Testament to describe those who trust in the finished work of the Christ.

The promises of God are centered around the Lord Jesus and his work.  That's where every promise is fulfilled.  Believe on Christ and hold to him, and you inherit the promises...

Called.  Beloved.  Kept.







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