Walking with Isaiah, Day 63: “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.” - Isaiah 63:3-4.
“The Day of Vengeance.” As I was brought up, this always worried me. Even as a Christian, the Day of Vengeance made me fearful. Lack of understanding will do that.
I had thought that the Lord Jesus Christ was going to tread me down and trample me in His fury and my blood would be sprinkled upon His garments. But, one day, the blinders of religious tradition were taken off and I saw that I am not my Lord’s enemy!
Beloved Christian, you are not to fear the Day of Vengeance! God is not taking vengeance on you! The Day of Vengeance has nothing to do with the Church. The Day of Vengeance is all about the LORD taking vengeance on His enemies.
Are you God’s enemy? If you call upon and have faith in His Name, you are not His enemy.
We Christians have a promise of our Father: “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” - I Thessalonians 5:9. This Scripture witnesses with Psalm 37:39, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.”
Now, don’t let the religious tradition of men, which most of us have been indoctrinated with, fool you. “Oh, I wouldn’t say that I’m righteous. No. I’m just an old sinner, saved by grace. I’m just so unworthy.” Don’t say what men say about you. Say what God says about you!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” - II Corinthians 5:17-18.
The word “hath” means “has already”. The original Greek word for “reconciled” means “to be brought back to a former state of harmony”. Think on that for a while.
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” - Philippians 3:9.
Paul said that the righteousness which he has, which he currently possessed at the time he wrote this letter, is not his own righteousness, but it is God’s very own righteousness. How did Paul have / possess God’s righteousness? How was Paul made the very righteousness of God?
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” - II Corinthians 5:21.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” - Romans 5:1.
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” - Romans 5:9.
“Being justified.” “Being now justified.” When? When are we justified? According to the Word of God, now. Not some day when we get to Heaven. Now. Right now.
In fact, if you’re not made righteous right now, you’ll never enter into Heaven (Revelation 21:7-8, 27; 22:11, 14-15).
Sanctification, justification, being made righteous in Christ Jesus is not a process, it is an instant. The moment you confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus and you believed in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you were made justified. At that moment, you were made sanctified. In that instant, you were made the very righteousness of Almighty God, in Christ Jesus!
This is what Almighty God has said about you. Whose word do you choose to believe? Don’t believe the word of men. Believe the Word of God! Take God at His Word. Believe God!
Beloved Christian, you are not “just an old sinner, saved by grace”. No! You are, right now, made the very righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus!
You are not His enemy and you are not to fear the Day of Vengeance!