The Grace of God

That Brings Salvation Has Appeared to All Men (Titus 2:11)

For Zion’s Sake

For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

It was for Zion’s sake that Isaiah could not be silent. He wanted to see her be the light of the world she was called to be.

For Zion’s sake, false doctrines and sins should be opposed and exposed. All such leaven only increases her darkness. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven. (Heb. 12:22-23)

Zion’s righteousness is now going forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12)

Also, You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.(Matt. 5:14) Who was Jesus addressing as the light of the world along with Him? He was addressing those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those persecuted for righteousness’ sake. He was not addressing a race, a political entity, or those who had accepted Judaism but rejected Him. Only those of obedient faith would become the heavenly Jerusalem, and these would be the light of the world. The brightness of that light would be her righteousness.

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,and all kings your glory.

Paul declared in Colossians 1:6,23 that the truth of the gospel had been presented “in all the world” and “to every creature under heaven” and was already bringing forth fruit. The Gentiles, or heathen unbelievers, were becoming believers and being grafted into the olive tree with the Jewish believers.

You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

The “congregation of Israel” is now “the Church of the Firstborn” under the new covenant. A new name has been given to members of this congregation/church: He who overcomes…I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem (Rev. 3:12).

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.

This is fulfilled every time another person repents and becomes part of the Bride of Christ. They are no longer forsaken or desolate, but are married to Jesus and become one in whom He delights.

For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

Sons of God (through faith in Jesus) marry “the land” which Paul mentions in Gal. 4:26–Jerusalem above which is free and is the motherland of all Christians, now considering themselves citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20). This holy city of New Jerusalem was seen by John, coming down out of heaven, as a bride prepared for her Husband (Rev. 21:2).

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

These watchmen do exactly what Isaiah and the other prophets did–they prepare the way of the Lord by rebuking sin and calling for obedient faith. They do not whitewash evil, nor do they allow evildoers to justify themselves and hide in false assurances. As John the Baptist, they do not allow people to imagine they will be justified by lineage or any favoritism on God’s part (Matt. 3:7-10). Like Jesus, they are not afraid to tell the disobedient that the nation does not belong to them (Matt. 21:43). Like Paul, they are not afraid to say that those who are not born again will not inherit the kingdom (Gal. 4:29-30).

This work of “making Jerusalem a praise in the earth” is still ongoing, for the temple is still being built stone by stone (I Pet. 2:5).

The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored. But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts!

A wonderful promise that laborers in God’s field will partake in the harvest.“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it” (Amos 9:13). He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Gal. 6:7-9)

Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples!

Ambassadors for Christ prepare the way for their King, that all may see and acknowledge Him as sovereign. John the Baptist was an early New Testament “preparer of the way,” but all believers have a role in preparing the way. We take out the stones by preaching repentance. We lift a banner for the people when we lift up Jesus as the only Way of salvation.

Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming;

“Your salvation is coming,” dear Zion. When Jesus came to His own, most of His own received Him not, but to them that received Him, He gave the right to become the children of God and heirs of salvation, citizens of the heavenly Zion. Every citizen of the heavenly Zion is saved, beginning with the faithful remnant of earthly Israel.

Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’”

Indeed. The Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. (Matt. 16:27) I will give to each one of you according to your works (Rev. 2:23). The dead judged according to their works (Rev. 20:12).

And they shall call them The Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

Who are the Holy People? But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Pet. 2:9).

Who are the redeemed? In Him [Jesus]we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7).

Who are the “sought out”? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray (Matt. 18:12-13).

What City is not forsaken? You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22). He who overcomes,…I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem (Rev. 3:12). I will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). (The holy city is not forsaken, but we must overcome and abide in Jesus to remain in that City.)

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