Father’s Rebuke -The language of Restoration

In the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord seated on a Throne, high and exalted. Isaiah and Seraphs saw the same glorious vision. But the vision of the Throne of God’s made Isaiah say “woe to me”, but it made the Seraphs adore God. They said “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty”. The vision of true worship in Heaven made Isaiah guilty about what he saw with his eyes and what he said with his lips in the past.

Our lips will be unclean before God, if the judgments with our eyes and the confessions with our lips are not faithful and true. If we look at a man and say, he is perfectly worthy to receive worship, then we are lying, our confessions become fake. When we say an unholy man is holy, we become a false witness for not speaking the truth about what we saw with our eyes. Jesus once said, ‘If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.’ ” (John 9:35-41). “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body (James 3:2)”

Psalm15 reveals, true worship is all about dwelling with God, “LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts.” When truth is spoken in love to those who do wrong, it may hurt the one who speaks, but it can heal and restore the listener. True love is vulnerable.

Perhaps in the exposure of glory, Isaiah remembered he has made Uzziah an object of worship, perhaps he worshiped King Uzziah and said he is worthy or holy. Isaiah knew the consequences of sin before God the Righteous Judge. He said, “Woe to me”, then he quickly repented and confessed his sin and a Seraphim brought a live coal from the Alter and cleansed the prophet’s mouth. Isa 6.7-9 says: “With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people: “`Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.”

Now God made Isaiah righteous before Him, God sanctified Him and empowered him to speak to His people on behalf of God. In Rom 8.30-31, it is written, those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? The Prophet is molded as God’s mouth piece, they need to fearlessly declare the testimony of Jesus in the Spirit of Prophecy.

To Jeremiah Lord said: “If you turn back, I will take you back, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth. It is they who will turn to you, not you who will turn to them” [Jer 15.19]. After the preparation of the Prophet, God sends His word through the prophet to His people and there they will listen what the Spirit of God is saying to the Churches.

2 Samuel 12th Chapter describes the story of the Prophet Nathan and King David. According to the New Testament standards of holiness, David committed adultery in his heart as he looked at a bathing lady from the top of his palace. Without overcoming his battle with the desires of the flesh, David brought her to his chambers and committed sin with her. Now to cover up that sin he made a plot to kill her husband who was fighting a fierce battle for David. David wanted her as His wife. Now through a manipulated move David orchestrated the death of her husband in the battle through deception. In response to this God send Prophet Nathan to rebuke David with a clear vision on what happened and reminded David about the consequences of these gruesome sins. David is the man after the heart of God. But closeness God is no license to sin. For freedom Christ has set us free. God expects us to be accountable for our thoughts, words and actions. We cannot abuse the Liberty which is bought for us with the blood of Christ the Ultimate Liberator. God is the God of the dead and alive, He is for ever Holy and Worthy to be worshiped.

Lord did not tell Nathan to fast and pray for David’s restoration. Father’s open rebuke can do mighty things than a trillion days of prayer and fasting.Why should Nathan fast when Lord directly told him to go and deal with David face to face. Nathan used no gimmicks, said no gossips or took no shot cuts to convey the message. Direct Rebuke was the God designed methodology used for David’s correction and restoration. The God appointed Nathan will not worship a King. A true worshiper is committed to the core to fulfill God’s predestined purposes. He loves God more than his own life. When someone like David slip out of grace, every Tom, Dick and Harry cannot go and restore him. If we are not the appointed one to confront a King like David, then with humility and passion we should intercede for the fallen one. May God restore him in the right time in God’s own Sovereign way. Till then we will patiently wait without gossip and pray.

When some one is openly or secretly rebuked by God, never blame the Prophet who is appointed by God. He is doing the ministry of reconciliation by standing on the walls of Jerusalem. Let the mouthpieces of God preach the word in love openly and fearlessly at all times. If you simply rebel against that Divine communication which leads to restoration for the diplomacy sake, then you are a crook operating in the spirit of pride. This wickedness can suppress the truth. The reverential fear of God makes us flee from evil and the love of God make us obey HIM completely.

Nathan is a Man of God with a special message of God. And it was not a message of earthly blessings. But it was a message of judgment of God over an anointed King and it is a direct rebuke to repent. Nathan did not water down the message. He was fearless to talk the heart of God to the greatest King ever ruled Israel. Lord told David, you despised Me as you committed this sin. In (2 Sam 12.10) Lord declared the judgment of David through His mouthpiece Nathan. Soverign Lord let David live, but His kid born in sin died after a week. God is very serious about His commandments and our commitments. He expects us to willfully obey it completely. He takes our response very seriously, because He is extremely zealous about us. He has now bought us with a price, we belong to Him, we are no more our own. He is a jealous God, He is the Consuming Holy Fire.

If we are bond slaves of Christ, we cannot commit a sin without despising God. That’s why it is written “Those who are born of God cannot commit sin”. You are born again by the imperishable word which carries the life and spirit of Christ. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God with the mind of Christ. They cannot disagree with God’s word and despise God. How dare can we greave His Holy Spirit our Greatest Companion and Guide on earth. God is the Father who gave His only beloved Son to save us. He has a restoration plan for our soul even when we go through the consequences of sin on earth. Our soul may get saved in eternity if we repent to please God through obedience of faith.

Father’s rebuke is the language of restoration. You will submit to God and resist the devil if you are a beloved son. God’s plan is not to harm you but to prosper you after correcting you.

(Heb 10.15-27) The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then He adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

Therefore, brothers, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Holy Spirit convicts us about our sin, righteousness through Christ and judgment of God. Don’t grieve the Spirit of God our Teacher and Comforter, never rebel against God’s perfect will. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Jude says “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority”.

David understood the value of God’s reproof and wrote many Psalms. “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be anexcellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” (Psalm 141:5). Jesus gave instructions for us regarding rebuke: “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother shall trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he shall repent forgive him!” (Luke 17:3).

Paul also reminds us to “consider ourselves” when restoring others! The purpose of God’s rebuke leads to restoration, or reconciliation! “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual, restore such one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted!” (Gal 6:1)

“Open rebuke is better than secret love!” (Pro 27:5). God rebukes those He loves; Men of God need to do the same, speak the fullness of the truth in the depth of the love of Christ. Loveless rebuke is a spiritual tragedy. It is written, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Rev 3:19).

The time is near,what ever Theology you follow or not, the Lord Jesus is coming soon, if you like it or not this is what He says. “Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.” “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done”

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”-(Rev 22.11-12,14-15). Lord Jesus come soon. Amen!!!

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