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A Different Gospel

John Collins12/17/2012Isaiah 11 foretells the coming Messiah, in a chapter that many are familiar with.  Often we forget the fine details of this prophecy.

Isaiah says that a "shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit," the Son of David.

He says that the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.  Christ came with more wisdom than Solomon in all his glory, knowing all things.

Isaiah says that he also has the Spirit of counsel and might.  The Father gave Christ the authority over all things, able to judge the hearts of men.

Also, Isaiah says that Christ came with the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, and His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.  It was obvious that Christ came with the authority from the Father, but we must remember that he also "feared" the father.  Not earthly fear that causes insecurity, but royal fear and respect as a subject fears their king.

Isaiah says that Christ judges by the heart.  He does not judge by what His eyes see, or make His decisions by what His ears hear, Christ judges with righteousness.  The meek of the earth are judged by his righteousness, and the wicked are slaughtered simply by the breath of His lips.  Righteousness and faithfulness are the belts of his waste and loins, and these two together are the way in which we are judged.

Most forgotten from this passage are the fruits of the spirit, which Isaiah compares to the animal kingdom.  We must remember that in prophecy, symbols are used to make the picture more clear for us in its due time.

He says that the wolf will dwell with the lamb.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ will cause the scavengers to be at peace with the innocent.  

Isaiah says that the leopard will lie down with the young goat, describing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ will cause the predator and the prey to be at peace with each other.  

Also, the cow and the bear with both graze together, and the lion will eat straw like an ox.  Though the bear and the lion are vicious animals, feeding on the weaker animals, they no longer desire their past way of life.  They graze at peace with the cattle and the oxen.

The Gospel is the reason they are all at peace.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ not only changes the inward man, it gives them peace and assurance.  They have comfort and protection by the Savior.

Isaiah writes that "the nursing child will play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his head on the adder's den.  They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain."  The Christian, secure in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has no fear for they are protected by God Himself.  In fact, they are as infant children, knowing no fear.  The nursing child has no knowledge of the dangers of the cobra, yet the cobra does not strike.  God protects his people with innocent security.

But the greatest and most forgotten passage in this chapter is this:  "For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."

Sometimes as Christians, we forget what God wants us to do when we receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many man have risen through the influence of satan, telling us to separate ourselves and protect our "little secret" of the Gospel, but God wants us to spread it far and wide.  There is no hidden mystery in Christ, Christ Himself was the mystery fulfilled.  Now that we are part of the Body of Christ, our instruction is to tell others!  Spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as we can reach!  

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When is the last time we told someone about the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  The greatest Event in the life of a Christian, the Good News that Christ came to live the perfect life that we could not, suffered and died for our sins to give us salvation, died and rose again so that we could rise with Him?  Are we spreading this Gospel, or are we spreading a different gospel?