The title for today’s post : For All People and For All Nations and we consider these in terms of God the Son and the Son of man reflecting the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.. Two key verses we shall keep in focus before we examine the significance of the Acceptable Year of the Lord.
Firstly, “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people(Is.56:7). Lastly “….so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.(v.11).”
In the light of the Law of Moses we have consciousness of our infirmities in the flesh. St Paul speaking of it says “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.(Ro.3:20) “This being the case the advent of the Word made flesh brought to light the everlasting covenant which is to be spiritually understood than mere observance of animal sacrifices, dietary restrictions and such like. Instead Jesus Christ offered a better hope for all. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.(He.7:19).” So how did God the Son reveal a better hope than works that the law of Moses demand? “So it is the spiritual significance we need to hold on. The Spirit has revealed it in diverse manner from allegories and symbols and lessons so no believer can dismiss the requirements of righteousness by outward observances. It is what the following verse instructs us. “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams (1 Sa.15:22)”.
Jesus Christ as the Son of man showed a better way to ‘draw nigh unto God.’ It is what the writer to the Hebrews says,” For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (He.10:14)”. Who are sanctified but those believe in their better hope? “….We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (He.10:10)”.From the above it abundantly clear that Atonement of the Son was for all people than for a limited group as some sects belabor to establish. They hold truth in unrighteousness. No less evil is to make a merchandise of the word of God. Everlasting Name of Jesus Christ is the result who brought glory to his Father. By the same token he received the glory for the very obedience to which he made himself nothing. He perfected the will of the Father for his glory. Kenosis is a theological term “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:/ That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;/ And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phi.2:9-11). Whether a sect preaches limited Atonement or Modern evangelicalism belittles the glory due to his Name by prosperity theology which is more evil? God is not mocked.
My house shall called House of prayer for all people and for all nations. “Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the Lord.(Jer.7:11-NASB) This was fulfilled when Jesus went into the temple and drove away the money changers(Matt.21:13). This is what two millennia of gospel outreach has produced. This has not come by its own but an enemy hath sown tares while the churches were being planted and made grander than ever before. The persecuted church used weapons used by the powers that be on those who they considered as nuisance. Inquisition, religious wars Salem witch trials were examples. The shepherds instead of tending the flock took to pervert the wholesome gospel to their own ends. Spirit of anti-christ has found use in those who would not hold the revealed truth in righteousness.
Having said this let us turn our attention to Isaiah.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.