|Isaiah 45:15-25 |
15 Truly you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior.
16 They shall be ashamed and confounded, all of them; those who are makers of idols shall go into confusion together.
17 But Israel shall be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
18 For thus says the LORD who created the heavens, God himself who formed the earth and made it, he has established it, he did not create it in vain, but formed it to be inhabited: "I am the LORD, and there is none else.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, 'Seek me in vain.' I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge who set up the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. [As several sects in Christianity bow and pray to statues and images of saints they have created; as all sects in Christianity pray to a god that ignores their continued sin, created from a subset of selected scriptures and their collective conscience; therefore none of their gods can save them from the consequence of dying while still sinning.]
21 Declare and bring forward your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I the LORD? And there is no God beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me.
22 "Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, 'That to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.'
24 They [all] shall say, 'in the LORD is righteousness and strength.'" All who were incensed against him shall come to him and be ashamed. [From the Word of the Lord within: "The righteousness of God will be revealed to all men. There is no righteousness apart from God." When you are in union with Christ and God, when you are truly in Christ, then you too are righteous; possessing God as your controlling Spirit of your every word and deed, you practice righteousness as Jesus practiced righteousness on earth. His righteousness will not only be revealed to all men, but all men will sincerely acknowledge God's righteousness as being perfectly just, pure, and fair in all His judgments, deeds, and words.]
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified and shall glory.