Isaiah 43* God's unchangeable love for his people. (1-7) Apostates andidolaters addressed. (8-13) The deliverance from Babylon, andthe conversion of the Gentiles. (14-21) Admonition to repent ofsin. (22-28)1-7 God's favour and good-will to his people speak abundantcomfort to all believers. The new creature, wherever it is, isof God's forming. All who are redeemed with the blood of hisSon, he has set apart for himself. Those that have God for themneed not fear who or what can be against them. What are Egyptand Ethiopia, all their lives and treasures, compared with theblood of Christ? True believers are precious in God's sight, hisdelight is in them, above any people. Though they went asthrough fire and water, yet, while they had God with them, theyneed fear no evil; they should be born up, and brought out. Thefaithful are encouraged. They were to be assembled from everyquarter. And with this pleasing object in view, the prophetagain dissuades from anxious fears. 8-13 Idolaters are called to appear in defence of their idols.Those who make them, and trust in them, are like unto them. Theyhave the shape and faculties of men; but they have not commonsense. But God's people know the power of his grace, thesweetness of his comforts, the kind care of his providence, andthe truth of his promise. All servants of God can give such anaccount of what he has wrought in them, and done for them, asmay lead others to know and believe his power, truth, and love 14-21 The deliverance from Babylon is foretold, but there isreference to greater events. The redemption of sinners byChrist, the conversion of the Gentiles, and the recall of theJews, are described. All that is to be done to rescue sinners,and to bring the believer to glory, is little, compared withthat wondrous work of love, the redemption of man. 22-28 Those who neglect to call upon God, are weary of him. TheMaster tired not the servants with his commands, but they tiredhim with disobedience. What were the riches of God's mercytoward them? I, even I, am he who yet blotteth out thytransgressions. This encourages us to repent, because there isforgiveness with God, and shows the freeness of Divine mercy.When God forgives, he forgets. It is not for any thing in us,but for his mercies' sake, his promise' sake; especially for hisSon's sake. He is pleased to reckon it his honour. Would manjustify himself before God? The attempt is desperate: our firstfather broke the covenant, and we all have copied his example.We have no reason to expect pardon, except we seek it by faithin Christ; and that is always attended by true repentance, andfollowed by newness of life, by hatred of sin, and love to God.Let us then put him in remembrance of the promises he has madeto the penitent, and the satisfaction his Son has made for them.Plead these with him in wrestling for pardon; and declare thesethings, that thou mayest be justified freely by his grace. Thisis the only way, and it is a sure way to peace.
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