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February 11, 2014

mighty to save
: “Multum in parro” (much in little)! In Isaiah 63:1-6 (note) we read a description of the triumphant Second Coming of Jesus, where He declares “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Here even in the midst of judgment, when He comes “with power and great glory” (Mt 24:30), He desires for men to know that He is not only mighty to judge, but mighty to save. Isaiah’s description is amplified by the apostle John in Revelation 19:11-16note which concludes with those glorious words that the One mighty to save is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev 19:16note)

C H Spurgeon describes the words “mighty to save” as “multim in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but He is able to make men repent (Ro 2:4noteActs 11:182Ti 2:25note). He will carry those to heaven who believe; but He is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them (Ezek 18:31Ezek 36:26note). He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of His name to bend the knee before Him (Php 2:9-11note).”

Nay, this is not all the meaning of “mighty to save,” for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed (Ex 3:2). He is mighty to keep His people holy after He has made them so (1Pe 1:5noteJude 24), and to preserve them in His (reverential) fear and love until He consummates their spiritual existence in heaven (cf Php 3:20-21note). Christ’s might does not lie in making us a believer and then leaving us to transform ourselves, but He who begins the good work carries it on (Php 1:6note2Cor 3:18noteRo 12:2note); He who imparts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory (Ro 8:30note). Believer, here is encouragement. Are you praying for some beloved one? Oh, do not give up your prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty (EL Shaddai – Ge 17:1). Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for His strength is sufficient for you (2Cor 12:9note2Cor 12:10note). Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you! What a thousand mercies that you have not found Him mighty to destroy!”

Since His blood for thee was shed,
Since He lives Who once was dead,
While in conflict we engage,
When the storms around shall rage,
All our earthly pilgrimage,
Jesus is mighty, is MIGHTY TO SAVE.”
Amen (Coller)

Play “Mighty to Save” by Laura Story

My Saviour, You can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes, you conquered the grave.

See “Jesus Mighty God” – El Gibbor.

See In Depth Commentary on the great prophecy of Isaiah 63:1-6

Read Spurgeon’s sermon “A Mighty Savior” on Isaiah 63:1

From → The Names of God

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