John 12:41 – These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah saw the glory of God. We too can behold the glory of God today as God reveals himself to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that no man hath seen the Father at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John says that we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus is the glory of God. In this blog we will see God’s glory for ourselves, we will see what Isaiah saw, we will hear what Isaiah said. It is the story of salvation, it is the gospel, it is our hope and our life.
Isaiah saw God sitting on the throne. This is what we see first when we see the glory of God. We cannot advance any further until we see his superiority and our inferiority. He is God, we are man. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. We see that God is supreme over all. He is our Creator. His ways are above our ways. We see that God is the authority. And he has the power to exercise his authority. We will all stand before the throne of God, and when we do this will not be a time to make a deal with God. It won’t be a time of negotiation. It won’t be a time of giving God a piece of our minds. If we are not saved, we will come to a throne of judgement and condemnation, we will come to what the Bible calls the Great White Throne, when the books are opened, when the truth is told. John said, And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God. If you are not saved, you will be sentenced to an eternity in the lake of fire. Eternal damnation. The blackness of darkness forever. You will not be going to hell because you are a sinner, but because you refused forgiveness for your sins. Jesus died for the sins of the world. All the sins are paid for, they are forgiven. Jesus blood paid the price. But you need to receive his forgiveness. True believing is receiving. This is where head belief and heart belief separates. The Bible says the devils believe and tremble. They do not deny the existence of God, they know God, they acknowledge Jesus. They knew who Jesus was when he came to the earth the first time. They are going to the lake of fire, and you will join them if you refuse the free gift of salvation. You either trust in Jesus Christ’s righteousness, or you will trust in your own righteousness.
You may say, why is righteousness so important? Similar to Pilate, who said, what is truth? You need the Holy Spirit of God to reveal to yourself why the issue of righteousness is so paramount. And this is what Isaiah saw. The seraphims cried Holy, Holy, Holy! They still cry Holy, Holy, Holy! God is holy above all else. He is love, yes. But he is holy. His holiness must be satisfied. We are all sinners, and because we are sinners and he is holy, there can be no fellowship, no communion, we cannot begin to approach unto God. However, God has provided a way for us. His love and holiness is perfected in his Son Jesus Christ, who is the love of God because he has provided a way to reconcile us to himself. The holiness and the love of God meet together in perfect unity in the person of Jesus Christ. God loves you, but your sins have separated you from God. They have separated everyone from God. We are all in the same boat. No one is more righteous than anyone else. Many professing Christians come across as self righteous, holier than thou snobs. The bottom line is, all have sinned, all have come short of the glory of God. All of us equally deserve hell. We all need Christ’s righteousness. This is what the law shows. We have all broken the law. We have all disobeyed God.
And this leads us to what Isaiah saw next. He said, Woe is me! This is our self righteousness eliminated. This is the answer of an honest heart which beholds the glory of God. Isaiah saw his sinfulness, not his self righteousness. He didn’t justify himself. He didn’t protest his innocence deceitfully. All have sinned. I am a man of unclean lips! Seeing the glory of God shows us how far we have fallen short. It fills us with love and admiration for Jesus Christ, who has bridged the infinite distance between us and God.
And this leads us to what Isaiah saw next. He saw God’s provision. Thy sin is purged. We all need our sins forgiven. And the free gift of forgiveness is there. This is the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgiveness of sins. We need our sins dealt with. We need our sins purged. Forgiveness brings reconciliation and fellowship with God. It is true healing. When we are forgiven, we are born again of the Spirit of God. We become sons of God, because Jesus lives in us through his Spirit. This is life, and life indeed. We are made spiritually alive, we can now have fellowship and communion with God through Jesus Christ. This is what does things that every single psychologist, counselor, priest and self help guru cannot do for you. Forgiveness will change you. Fellowship will change you. That is what is missing from the life of an unbeliever. Every unbeliever is alienated from God, dead in trespasses and sins, in bondage to the flesh, the world, the devil. Jesus sets the prisoners free. He gives life. He gives it freely. It is not a mystery. It is not a secret. Jesus said he talked openly in the world. Salvation is available to all. God has sent the gospel to the four corners of the earth. We are without excuse. You can have forgiveness of sins, but do you want it? Can you even see a need for it?
This leads us to what happens next. Isaiah said, Send me! You can be used by God. You can live a fulfilled life. A fulfilled, full, rich life is one where you walk with God, where God uses you. He gives life, and he gives life more abundantly. Once you are saved, God does not just leave you there, you are born again, you can now serve God. And you do it out of love. His commandments are not grievous. We now can delight in the law of the Lord. It is not our enemy anymore. The law slew us before, but the law is now our delight! God turns everything to good for the believer. We live with an eternal view. This world is not our home. We look for a world to come. We wait for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteouness. We become strangers in a world that we were once part of. This is called sanctification. It is separation. The Bible says come out form among them and be ye separate, all ye that bear the vessels of the Lord. This is not a call to self righteousness, it is just our life, we do because we love God, because we are saved, because we no longer love the world, we see it for what it truly is. An unbeliever cannot truly see how vain, deceitful, and nasty the world is, until he is saved out of it.
Finally, Isaiah 6 also has a sobering warning, and this is what John was referring to when he spoke of Isaiah. If you refuse Jesus, you will be in blindness. The gospel has been preached to every creature under heaven. However, not everybody gets saved. In fact most don’t. The gospel offends people. The message of salvation, hope, eternal life, eternal blessing, the love of God is rejected by most people. Will you accept it, or will you reject it? Do you want it, or do you refuse it? Do you judge yourself unworthy of eternal life?
This life, this short life, will answer that question. It is of eternal consequence.