The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. This is the only answer of hope for lost, sinners who are spiritually dead. Can they live? The Lord knows those that are His, and whom HE wills to live, shall be made alive in His time, John 3:8.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: It pleased God through the preaching of the Gospel to save those whom the LORD Jesus has redeemed, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.The power to save is not with the preacher, nor even the preaching, but in the message preached, the message of Christ and Him crucified, which by the Spirit of God is brought home to the heart of God’s elect and being made alive by HIM, they believe and rejoice in Christ and His death for them, John 5:24.
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. A sinner’s initial reaction to the Gospel preached is often like the shaking and rattling of the bones of a skeleton, as the wind blows. However, reactions of sinners, even in fear, confusion, anger, or intellectual knowledge gained alone is not necessarily life! This is why we wait on the LORD to complete His work.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. We are not to change the message to get sinners to believe. We declare Christ and His accomplished work of redemption and justification at the cross, and thereby, the Spirit draws His own to Him. Together, the number of elect, redeemed, justified and sanctified ones is an exceeding great army, which no man can number, worshipping the LORD and saying, ‘Worthy is the LAMB that was slain,’ Revelation 5:12.
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Promised in Christ. Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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Reconciliation with God Prophesied in the Old Testament “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 53:5. All...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
v. 4-And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: This is the true Lord’s Prayer of Scripture, and oh how precious to be given a glimpse into...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1. It is God’s throne- “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?”Isaiah 66:1 When Isaiah and the apostle John were...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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