A. Our lesson comes from a context wherein Israel had much sin within and a need for restoration. God was judging the wicked and pleading with those desirous of His will (Isaiah 56:1-57:21).
- They were falsely seeking Him (Isaiah 58:1-4).
- God wanted them restored, for at the present they were separated from Him (Isaiah 59:1-4).
- We need to be mindful of our place with God (Luke 17:7-10).
- We need not exalt ourselves (Luke 18:9-14).
II. Body: Let’s Ponder Some Statements In An Awesome Scripture (Isaiah 57:15).
A. The high and lofty One (Psalms 138:6).
- His name is holy (Psalms 99:3, Psalms 111:9, Isaiah 6:1-3, and Revelation 4:8).
- He dwells in the high and holy place (Psalms 113:4-6).
- Among many things to say, there is a point here to think about considering the overall context (Isaiah 26:4, Isaiah 45:17, I Peter 5:8-10, and I John 5:11-20).
- Knowing that there is a hope towards Him and His habitation that is not temporal (II Corinthians 4:14-5:1) is our motivation (Titus 3:7-8).
- Contextually, the language of he of a contrite and humble spirit ties to the process of repentance (II Chronicles 7:14, II Chronicles 33:1-13, and James 4:6-10).
- Don’t get caught in the language thinking this is speaking of someone literally, physically in God’s presence in eternity. God is “with” those whom are penitent and obedient even while they are living in this world (Exodus 29:45, Psalms 90:1, John 14:23, II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, and I John 4:12).
- This is about fellowship with God among the converted (John 17:20-23 and I John 1:3-10).
- One repenting goes through godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:9-10).
- Those who have gone through godly sorrow need to be revived so that they don’t get swallowed up (II Corinthians 2:6-11).
- In true conversion, we become dead to sin but alive unto God (Romans 6:1-14).
III. Conclusion: Our high and lofty God, whom inhabits eternity, wants us to be with Him now and in eternity (I John 2:23-25).
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