“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for’” (Isaiah 6:1-7, ESV).
Isaiah is allowed to see the true Temple in heaven just as the Apostle John (see Revelation 21:22). He saw the King; the Christ.
Isaiah wrote this passage around the year 758 BC. Isaiah’s sins are forgiven. Some Western theologians will say that salvation can only occur after the ultimate sacrifice was made by Messiah around AD 30 or 33. Yet, Isaiah clearly has experienced forgiveness of sin. Biblical theology states that salvation comes from God. As salvation is not a New Testament phenomena or experience, but an ancient one. Unless we use the whole Bible for the sole source of Truth, false religious leaders may lead us into believing lies. (See Proverbs 12:30 & 31.)
The Messiah’s sacrifice was set in place by God before the earth was formed. (See Ephesians 1; 1 Peter 1, et al).
Another key truth from Isaiah 6 is found in verse 8.
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me’” (Isaiah 6:8, ESV).
Each true believer must be engaged in doing what Isaiah did; go and tell the news of redemption and give warning about false religious beliefs! This is the same command that we read about in Matthew 28:18-20.
There is a sad truth found throughout Scripture. That truth is that most people, even those who think that they are heaven bound, are not going to be allowed in the presence of God. Matthew 7:15-27 is addressing people that have been lead into a false sense of being saved. Salvation always involves knowing the Word of God and living the Word of God. The Word of God is the Rock.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ‘Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock’” (Matthew 7:21-24, NKJV).
Are we cultural Christians or are we Bible Christians? In other words, are our actions based upon the whole Bible or are they beliefs we learned from pastors, priests, or rabbis? Men do not save; God does.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21, NKJV).