"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
Additional Editorial Comments
The Glorified Christ's Efficacy
By Fred O. Blakely
"Behold, Thou shalt call a nation which Thou knowest not, and nations which knew not Thee shall run unto Thee because of the Lord Thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel for He hath glorified Thee" (Isa. 55:5).
This promise of the Father to the Son is to be correlated with the declaration of Jesus Himself on the subject. "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me" (Jn. 12:32). The secret of this drawing power of the exalted Christ is His glorification by God (Acts 3:13; I Pet. 1:21). "The Lord will send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion," was the commitment through David (Ps. 110:2). Again, "I have set My King upon My holy hill of Zion" (Ps. 2:6), in frustration of worldly opposition, and for effection of the Divine purpose.
The Son was promised "the heathen" for His inheritance and "the uttermost parts of the earth" for His possession, in consequence of His redemptive work (Ps. 2:8). "It is a light thing that Thou shouldest be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel,'' the Father continued: "I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth" (Isa. 49:6).
Hence the enthroned King now sits at the Father's right hand in heaven, confidently expecting till all things be put under His feet (I Cor. 15:24-28; Heb. 10:11-14), and He receive the fullness of His promised inheritance. The Father will not "fail nor be discouraged" till He have fully accomplished this objective (Isa. 42:4). "The zeal of the Lord of hosts," together with His invincible power, will inevitably "perform this" (ch. 9:7).
How God has purposed to implement this commitment to the Son needs to be kept in mind. He has glorified Him, and the gospel is the apprisal of that glorification (Acts 2:22-28, 32-36). The means by which the nations are to be caused to "run unto" the uplifted Son is, therefore, apparent. It is by the preaching of the gospel, which is committed to men. The gospel, says Paul, is God's power "unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16; I Cor. 1:18, 21-24).
They do greatly err who suppose and teach to the contrary. That is, that God, in ignorement of the gospel, is going to gather to Christ the promised inheritance of "every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" (Rev. 5:9). It pleased Him "by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" (I Cor. 1:21). If He has any other means or plans for saving people, and so of gathering them unto His glorified Son, He has not told us of it.
That situation cuts the church's work out for it. If we are serious in desiring to be "workers together with Him" (II Cor. 6:1), we must take up that work. We must be "instant in season, out of season" in proclaiming the uplifted Christ (II Tim. 4:1-2). So shall we have part in the gathering of His recompense for the sufferings that He bore for mankind, being co-workers with the Father therein. That will be so as we faithfully preach "the word of reconciliation" committed to us (II Cor. 5:19-21).
A challenging and heartening circumstance is not to be disregarded in this situation. The Christ whom we preach is the glorified One; and God has glorified Him for an express purpose. Thus, we can preach in fullness of hope and expectance of results. Jesus has been glorified and set on God's holy hill to gather the people to Him, as Jacob prophesied of old time (Gen. 49:10; cf. Eph. 1:10; Col. 1:20). The rod of Divine strength will be wielded from Mount Zion to assure accomplishment of that objective.
Our preaching of the gospel and of Divine truth in general, accordingly, is undergirded by that strength. Our labor is "not in vain in the Lord" (I Cor. 15:58). It will certainly achieve what He pleases, and "prosper in the thing" whereto He sent it (Isa. 55:11).
It was in that confidence that Jesus "endured the cross, despising the shame" (Heb. 12:1-2). Therein also is "the faith and patience of the saints" (Rev. 13:10), as well as their confidence of ultimate fruitage from their efforts.
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).