Isaiah 56

Isaiah 56 points out that there will be some who spend eternity with God, and others who don’t make the grade.  God is not in the business of treating us all the same.  How we live matters, both today and for eternity.  “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed”.  Many want to believe that a God of love will let everyone into heaven some day.  But scripture doesn’t say that.  In fact, it says exactly the opposite.  God’s nature and character requires Him to respond to us based on how we live.

That means some are blessed, and some are not.  Some get into heaven, and some do not.  Some spend eternity with God, and some do not.  “Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil”.  God will judge us based on how we live.  He cannot tolerate or ignore evil (or sin) and has to deal with it.  If we confess, repent and address our sin through the blood of Christ, we can spend eternity with the Father.  “I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off”.

And let me be clear – that is what God wants – that we spend eternity with Him in His Kingdom.  But entry isn’t automatic because we can spell God.  It is about the relationship with have with Him.  It is about how we put Him in His rightful place in our lives.  It is about how we make Jesus Savior and Lord and allow the blood of His death to cover our sin.  “And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer”.  God has made a way.  We need to hold fast to it!

God is in the business of gathering people to Himself.  He does pursue us, but He never forces us.  That is His nature, to allow us the choice of how we will live.  “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered”.  And He’ll keep gathering and calling us to Himself until the Day of the Lord when Christ returns.  But make no mistake – we have to respond.  We have to hear His call and take the step of joining Him.  We have to do something, and while it may not seem that important, it is absolutely critical.  Have you responded to God’s call?  Are you ‘gathered’ by Him to the Kingdom?

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