Isaiah 61.1 prophesies YOU, Christian

I’ve got the ESV blog on my reader because it sometimes leads to neat places. Today, it announced more Bibleforlife promos. Because it caught my eye (due to local associations) I couldn’t resist listening to the “Barlow Girl” promo on Isaiah 61 (is that a music group or something? I have no idea).

It was breathtaking. How many Reformed seminary students would dare use Isaiah 61.1 as a description of the calling of all Christians, when it is put to “other” use by Jesus? Who would dare claim to be the object of a Messianic prophecy?

Well, maybe, making “everything point to Christ” is really only a job half-done when speaking of faithful Biblical hermeneutics! Here’s Jesus interpreting a passage of Scripture:

Only hold fast what you have until I come. The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.

Here’s my conclusion, if Jesus Himself says that Psalm 2 is a prophecy about us, as well as about him, then this great stuff about the Christian calling as found in Isaiah 61 is pretty far beyond criticism.

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