“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:1-5).
This is one of the most famous Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. It has been preached, taught and quoted millions of time. These verses contain a powerful revelation of the character of God, the person of Christ and of the victory purchased through redemption.
The prophet begins with the phrase, “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” You can logically reverse the questions and say, “The arm of the Lord is revealed to those who believe His report.”
History, both ancient and modern testified to the fact that those who believe God’s report receive the manifestation of His deliverance. There is freedom on the victory side of the empty grave. There is deliverance in the Name that is above every name (Jesus, for the beginners). There is hope beyond the scope of our human limitations. There is power from on high available to meet us at the point of our need if we will simply believe that God’s Word is true.
- What is the report of the Lord?
- What are we to believe?
- How can we be made whole?
- What must we do to receive eternal life?
If we are going to have faith, if we are going to be believers; what are we to believe?
Many say that they believe in Jesus Christ. Based on a 2006 Barna Survey, 60% of Americans consider themselves “a committed Christian.” Millions across America will recite a creed on Sundays, proclaiming their faith, establishing their confession and announcing their confidence in God’s Word. For many, their self-identification as a “Christian” has not changed their life. Most live without a significant encounter with God. I believe this generation is desperately lacking and seriously desiring a true revelation of Jesus Christ. We want more than sermons, songs and services. We want to know and experience the God we believe in. We want the arm of the Lord revealed.
I truly believe that the bedrock of our faith is largely unknown to the vast majority of confessing Christians. Why would I say this? Only because an overwhelming majority of confessing Christians possess no power or authority that comes from the faith they confess to possess.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:17-20)
A faith that produces no results is a faith that does not exist. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” (Hebrews 11:1).
Faith in Jesus Christ is a change producing faith. First, change begins to take place inside of you (it never stops (Philippians 1:6)). Next, change begins to take place through you. You were born again as a result of your faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. When this happened, the Holy Spirit recreated your dead human spirit and took up residence in with you. “Jesus replied: ‘If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them.'” (John 14:23). Salvation comes through faith in Christ; and faith in Christ begins our transformation into becoming Christ-like. We don’t become little Jesus, but we begin to think, love and behave like Him.
Paul said it best in his letter to the church at Ephesus, “With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:17-32).
A faith that leaves you in an habitual state of mind and pattern of behavior that is unchanged before your faith existed is a faith that has not been placed in the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus becomes Lord and Savior of a life, that life changes from the inside-out. If our faith in Christ does not produce a sin eradicating, devil destroying, disease healing, mind freeing, overwhelming change in our lives we have to question what it is we actually believe. If we are believing the report of the Lord (Genesis thru Revelation) the arm of the Lord should be revealed in our lives, producing the results His report has declared.
The report of the Lord declares that Jesus is Lord. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. The report of the Lord is sure:
- In Genesis, He is the seed of the woman.
- In Exodus, He is the passover lamb.
- In Leviticus, He is our high priest.
- In Numbers, He is the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.
- In Deuteronomy, He is the prophet like unto Moses.
- In Joshua, He is the captain of our salvation.
- In Judges, He is our judge and lawgiver.
- In Ruth, He is our kinsman redeemer.
- In 1 & 2 Samuel, He is our trusted prophet.
- In Kings and Chronicles, He is our reigning king.
- In Ezra and Nehemiah, He is the rebuilder of the broken down walls of human life.
- In Esther & Job, He is our ever-living redeemer.
- In Psalms, He is our shepherd.
- In Proverbs & Ecclesiastes, He is our wisdom.
- In Song of Solomon, He is our lover and bridegroom.
- In Isaiah, He is the prince of peace.
- In Jeremiah, He is the righteous branch.
- In Lamentations, He is our weeping prophet.
- In Ezekiel, He is our wonderful four-faced man.
- In Daniel, He is the fourth man in life’s fiery furnace.
- In Hosea, He is the faithful husband.
- In Joel, He is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost and fire.
- In Amos, He is our burden-bearer.
- In Obadiah, He is mighty to save.
- In Jonah, He is our great missionary.
- In Micah, He is the messenger with beautiful feet.
- In Nahum, He is the avenger of God’s elect.
- In Habakkuk, He is God’s evangelist.
- In Zephaniah, He is our Savior.
- In Haggai, He is the restorer of God’s lost heritage.
- In Zechariah, He is the fountain opened in the house of David.
- In Malachi, He is the sun of righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.
- He is Matthew’s Messiah.
- He is Mark’s Wonder-Worker.
- He’s Luke’s Son of man.
- He is John’s Son of God.
- In the book of Acts, He is the baptizer in the Holy Ghost.
- In Romans, He is our righteousness.
- In 1 Corinthians, He is the might giver of gifts.
- In 2 Corinthians, He is the resurrection and the life.
- In Galatians, He is the Redeemer from the curse of the law.
- In Ephesians, He is the unsearchable riches of Christ.
- In Philippians, He is the supplier for every need that we have.
- In Colossians, He is the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
- In 1 Thessalonians, He is the One who delivers us from the wrath that is to come.
- In 2 Thessalonians, He is the God who gives good hope through the grandeur of His grace.
- In 1 Timothy, He is my faithful pastor.
- In 2 Timothy, He’s the God who delivers me from fear.
- In Titus, He is the God who cannot lie.
- In Philemon, He is the great reconciler of brethren.
- In Hebrews, He is an all-consuming fire.
- In James, He causes the devil to flee.
- In 1 Peter, He is our sanctifier.
- In 2 Peter, He is the Day Star who rises in our hearts.
- In 1 John, He is love.
- In 2 John, He is love.
- In 3 John, He is love.
- In Jude, He is the Lord coming with ten thousands of His saints.
- In Revelation, He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
If that doesn’t give you the bumps, I doubt your salvation! 🙂
What is the report of the Lord? The report of the Lord is found in Revelation 1:17-18, “Fear not, I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; an, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Our faith, in order to be biblical Christian faith, must be in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith must be founded in Christ alone. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith,” (Hebrews 12:2). He is the only one who saves and He requires no assistance from another god, preacher, prophet, philosophy or even a popular talk show host. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12).
Apart from the Lord Jesus Christ there is no power in the promises written on the pages of the Bible. Biblical Christian faith was formed in a virgin womb and birthed through an empty tomb.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”
“When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”
“His oath, His covenant, and blood support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”
“When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.” (Edward Mote, 1834)
- How are we able to proclaim this with such force?
- Why are Christians who possess this faith filled with such fervor?
- Why do we preach with such finality?
- What has anchored our resolve into the bedrock of God’s truth known as the Bible?
- Why are we sure?
- How do we know?
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
I want to focus in on the word “surely.”
The English word “surely” is defined as follows: with assurance or confidence; in a sure, unhesitating manner; without a doubt; assuredly; unquestionably; certainly; often used as an intensive emphasizing belief or supposition; firmly; securely (do you feel the shout rising up within your spirit?)
The original Hebrew word that was translated “Surely” in verse 4 is Aken (אָכֵן) and is defined as follows: to be firm, such as one may safely lean upon; to be sure, certain, true of persons, and of any other thing remaining in its proper state, unalterably.
Faith can only be certain when that which faith has been placed in is certain. You can only truly expect to receive the fulfillment of a promise from someone whom you “Surely” believe. I want your faith in Christ to be a “Surely” faith. A faith that doesn’t hesitate. A faith that is certain of the person and promises of Jesus Christ. I want your faith to be unquestionable, that you truly believe that God is who the bible says that He is and that He can and will do what the bible says He will do.
Let there be no doubt in your heart or mind, Jesus Christ is Lord. He is risen from the dead. He is our Prince of peace, our Son of God and Son of man. He is the first begotten of the dead. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily and He rules and reigns over the earth today. He is “I am.”
- “Surely”, He has saved you because “Surely” He has risen from the dead.
- “Surely”, He has healed you because “Surely” He has borne your sickness and carried your pain.
God’s work through Jesus on the cross was completed, it was perfect and it is final.
“With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever,” (Hebrews 9:12).
Our lives only intersect God’s provision of redemption through faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him provides us access to the victory that He won for us. It is our reliance on His finished work and not our ability or righteousness that allows us to experience the power of God. It is our belief in the report of the Lord that causes His arm to be revealed to us.
“Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory. No one can defeat the world without having faith in Jesus as the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5)
The Greek word that is translated “Faith” in verse 4 is Pistis (piðstiv) is defined as follows: conviction of the truth of anything, belief;
The victory of our faith is founded upon the victory of what our faith is in. Our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and the redeeming work He accomplished on Calvary.
Your faith is victorious only because Jesus is victorious. Your faith in Christ has attached your life to His life and His victory.
“Surely” place your faith in Jesus Christ. Believe the report of the Lord and you will walk in His victory. Victory over the world comes from our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.