Preaching Christ 14

Isaiah 6:1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ 10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate,

In this passage of Scripture we can see an important pattern and what it means to preach Christ and Him crucified. It is in preaching the true Christ, His Father, and the manifested glory that sinners see the true God. It is in preaching Christ that sinners see the very glory of God shining forth. We can see that with just a few references to the New Testament and how it puts these things.

John 12:37 But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?” 39 For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM.” 41 These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

Hebrews 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

John 14:8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘ 10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

John 12 shows us that it was Christ that Isaiah saw in Isaiah 6. We see from Hebrews 1:3 that Christ is the very shining forth of the glory of God and so we behold the glory of God in Christ. John 14:8 shows us that if we know the true Christ we will know the true Father. The Son is in the Father and the Father abides in the Son. The works that the Son did were actually the works of the Father. The Gospel is set forth in II Corinthians 4:4-6 as the Gospel of the glory of God and yet the Father beheld in the face of Christ. Yes, it is possible to preach a form of Christ and yet not preach the very power of Christ. It certainly appears that to preach the true Christ one has to preach the glory of the Father shining in and through Christ. When this Christ was preached in Isaiah 6, Isaiah saw the very holiness of God and saw the depths of his sin to his utter horror.

What was it that Isaiah saw that filled him with horror about himself and his own sin? He saw Adonai on the throne and he saw he saw something of the majesty and glory of this Lord with the Seraphim standing above Him singing over and over “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” God is so holy that all He does is for His own glory. In his mind’s eye Isaiah saw such glory that he knew that the whole earth had the purpose of being for His glory and in fact that very glory of God shone in the whole earth. There is no place on earth or anywhere else for that matter that was not made for the glory of God and in some way shines forth the glory of God. The whole earth was made through Christ and for Christ, and Christ is the shining forth of His glory, so clearly the whole earth shines forth with the glory of Christ. This is the Christ who must be preached and this is the Christ who must be declared. It is in beholding this Christ that the Seraphim sang to Yahweh. It is only when men preach Christ in this way that the glory of God is seen and men see themselves truly.

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