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God's Promise to Christ

There are many truths to grasp in Isaiah 53. A truth worth grasping today is found in Isaiah 53:10, "But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief. If He would render Himself as a guilt offering. He will see His offspring, He will prolong His Days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand."

Our Lord Jesus Christ submitted to the curse of God for the sins of mankind. Christ did not sin, but the results of our sins were laid upon Him. This was all decided among the eternal Counsel made up of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and Jesus accommodated Himself to this dispensation. A dispensation is a way determined by God for which someone may prove their love to Him. Christ was obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8) because He loved God His Father.

The death and burial of Christ was not the end but the beginning of the honor and joy that was to be given Him for His obedience. The promise to Christ from God was that He would see a people raised up who accept Him as their Savior and Lord. These Christians would not only trust in Christ to save them from eternal death and hell, but actually save them from the dominion of sin over their hearts. These Christians experience the same kind of life that the Apostle Paul lived, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) It is true, that Christians are not perfect people, however, there is the promise of Christ to do a work in their hearts and lives to bring them to completion (Philippians 1:6) so they can effectively proclaim the truths of the Lord.

King David foresaw a time when "Future generations will be told about the Lord. A time when a people of God would "...proclaim [Jesus'] righteousness to a people yet unborn." (Psalm 22:30-31) The Apostle Peter wrote about this adopted people of God, "But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light..." (1 Peter 2:9 -10)

Are You a Fulfillment of God's Promise?

If Not, Surrender to Christ as Savior and Lord!

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