"Look Unto Me, And Be Ye Saved,
Contributed by Ian Humphrey on Nov 6, 2015 (message contributor)
Summary: "Look unto me, and be ye saved,
Isaiah 45 v 11 - 25 "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."—Isa. 45:22.
1. THE SEARCH FOR SALVATION 20 ¶ Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
Their Actions Were : -
Foolish they have no knowledge
Faulty that set up the wood of their graven image v. 18
Futile and pray unto a god that cannot save.
False 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Salvation is not in a church, not in any denomination, not in sacraments, not in ceremonies, not in rituals, not in works, not in reformation;
2. THE SOURCE OF SALVATION 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Salvation is in a Person—the Lord Jesus Christ. "Look unto me, and be ye saved." In Acts 4:12 Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." We are to “LOOK UNTO JESUS” now; ever; alone; again and again. always, 3. THE SUFFICIENCY OF SALVATION and be ye saved He answered, "Miss Missionary, I always knew Jesus was necessary, but I didn’t know that He was enough." Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." 4. THE SCOPE OF SALVATION 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: Who can be saved? Everybody! John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world…." Hebrews 2:9 says He tasted "death for every man." 5. THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION 22 Look unto me The word look means "to depend on, to rely on." I. What does it mean to Look to God in Christ? The Implication Here A. To look to Christ is to Admit His Reality- (Heb. 11:6). But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. B. To look to Christ is to Acknowledge His Redemption that Salvation Can Come From and Through Him Alone I John 5:11-12. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
There is a God to be reconciled- Only Christ could do it! (1 Tim 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; There is a Law to be honored- Only Christ could do it (Gal. 3:13). Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: There is Justice to be satisfied- Only Christ could do it (Rom. 3:22). Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: There is an Atonement to be made- Only Christ could do it (Rom. 5:11). And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
C. To look to Christ is to Apply His Remedy , to call upon him as a sinner in need of mercy "He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life!" Bartimaeus, The Publican, The Thief, Jairus, The Leper, The Centurion.
D. To look to Christ is to Abide in His Rule (I John 2:28).And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. "If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;" (Col. 1:23). II. For What Part of Salvation Are We To Look To Christ? The Involvement Here Be sure you understand this- we must look to Christ for everything, from beginning to end. "Christ is All!" (I Cor. 1: 30). But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: John Flavel made these five observations. They are worth remembering. Everything God has for sinners is in Christ. These blessings of grace are ours by a vital union with Christ. That vital union with Christ is a union of faith. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. The Word of God is made effectual to our hearts by the Spirit of God. Now, when the word of God is made effectual to our hearts, so that we look to Christ, we look to him for everything!