Isaiah 56: Who Is the Church?
Isaiah 56 gives hope to those who didn’t feel like they were “eligible” to worship God. Remember that we are still talking about prophecies concerning Jesus Christ here, and this is a prophecy of what the church is going to be.
Isa 56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
Isa 56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
Isa 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
Isa 56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
Isa 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Isa 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
I think that there is something interesting to take note of here. God said that His house is going to be called a house of prayer for all people. That is true. Anybody can come to God, but notice that there are conditions.
The people who are going to be brought are the people who are doing the things that God wants them to do. I am trying not to emphasize works-based salvation, but I also want to respect the fact that Christianity is not just fire insurance. God doesn’t need our works, but the evidence of a transformation that comes through a relationship with Christ will manifest and demonstrate that power of God.
Yes, there is no doubt that anyone can come to God. There is no one that is beyond forgiveness, but it needs to be a choice you commit to. You can’t continue in all of your sin according to this passage. Sure, you might sin occasionally because no one is perfect, but reading these verses made me think about how you don’t just put on the name. You put on a new life.