Isaiah 62 is one of my all time favorite verses. It, like so many other places in the Bible, reveals the deep abiding passion God has for His people. This verse, if we can believe it, will unlock love and passion in our hearts like very few verses can. There is one portion of the chapter that has been foremost in my mind of late. It is verse 3:
“3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”
This verse is spoken over “Zion” and he meant it for Jerusalem and his people Israel, however I am on of those people that hold the belief that we are grafted into Israel and therefore the promises are applied to all those that name the name of Christ. Not, instead of
Hear what the Lord is saying here: We will be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord and royal diadem. The world will know that He is a King because He holds us in His hand. This hints to me about something deep.
What is our final destiny as the church? What is it we are saved FOR. I mean, right now our main job in the Earth is to spread the Gospel. Right? That isn’t WHY we are saved however.
I am of the deep conviction that the Bible is a God Centered Book and the God is a God centered God. If God does ALL that He does because He values His own Glory above all else and loves who HE is above all else, what is the purpose of our salvation? Why does He love us so much? The Bible makes no bones about the Love the God has for us. The question is, “WHY?”. I know it I don’t think it is supposed to be a mystery. I believe the Bible tells us in no uncertain terms WHY He saved us and WHY He loves us. He does it for His Glory! Rom 11:33 MY FAVORITE VERSE says, “For From Him, Through Him and To Him be all things, to God be the Glory Forever”. So God loves us because it brings Him glory to do so AND, this is the most important part, His loving us for his Glory is the MOST LOVING THING God can do! Because His Glory is so WORTH all He does to promote and shine it forth AND His Glory is OUR INHERITANCE!!!!! His Glory is our highest joy and pleasure! It is the best thing God can do for us. Make us partakers of His Glory.
The end purpose of the church, God’s people, those that are saved and made partakers of this Glory is this…. He is going to shine through us to the earth to all of creation! His purpose in us is to display His glory through us! Through what He did for us, in us, and through US. The Bible says that angels long to look into these things. I tell you YOU are the WAY the Lord will derive praise from the nations AND indeed, the universe in the coming ages. Not the Only way but there is a glory that is displayed in His salvation of you that He cannot display in any more pleasing way.
Isn't he wonderful?
Lord give us a taste of this that goes beyond our damaged minds and ravishes our hearts. I love you.