[SW498] 10/16/2021 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
Text: Isaiah 61
All humanity is in a period in history called, “The Year of the Lord’s Favor!” That sounds great, but what does it mean?
— What is this favor that the Lord offers to you?
— Why does He offer you His favor?
— What must you do to receive it?
— Why is this not preached at all times in all churches?
— What are the consequences if you refuse to humble yourself and repent?
I will show it to you, just as He has shown it to me.
What is this favor that the Lord offers you?
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
Now let me read it to you, with the Hebrew-to-English definitions, and with the truth that we are in the days when the Father, the Son and the Spirit fully indwell those who obey Christ’s commands to stay and wait (John 14:17 & 23, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5) —
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is within me,
Because the LORD has anointed me inwardly, by filling me with His Spirit!
To announce glad news to those who have become humble and contrite (repentant);
To firmly wrap (to heal) hearts that are broken into pieces because they have seen their spiritual poverty
To proclaim complete freedom to captives of sin (John 8:36)
And complete opening of those who are bound by spiritual blindness (just as Jesus Christ announced in Luke 4:18).
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD (the year of jubilee, when slaves to sin are set free) (Leviticus 25:10ff)
And the day of punishment of our God (for Satan, for he is powerless against those who are set free and no longer slaves to sin);
To comfort all who mourn (over their spiritual condition)
3a Tomaking a decree for those who mourn(again, mourn over their spiritual condition) in Zion,
Giving them beauty instead of ashes (a sign of mourning),
The anointing of rejoicing instead of mourning,
The robe of praise instead of a spirit of darkness.
Why does He offer you His favor?
3b So they will be called oaks (strong with His strength) of righteousness (trees that bear the fruit of His righteousness, having become the righteousness of God, in Christ, per 2Corinthians 5:21),
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified!
He is glorified by what He does in you when you humble yourself and repent, because He is the only One who can make you a tree that bears His righteousness!
He is glorified by what He does in you who become humble and repentant, for He anoints you inwardly and permanently by filling you with His Spirit, and you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)!
He is glorified because they become His witnesses here (Acts 1:8), ones through whom the world will know that the Father sent the Son (John 17:21)!
He is glorified because He does not rebuild your ruined heart, but replaces it with an entirely new heart and puts His Spirit within you (Isaiah 61:4, Ezekiel 36:26-27)!
He is glorified because you become His priest and minister to Him (Isaiah 61:6)!
You minister to Him because He has filled you. And it is only by your ministry to Him that ministry flows from you to others!
Then you will —
— Reign with Christ (2Timothy 2:12) because you have become a fellow heir with Him (Romans 8:17)!
— Have a pure heart because your sin nature has been crucified (Galatians 5:24, Acts 1:15), so you are able to stand in His presence and hear and see Him!
— Sup with Jesus Christ and He sups with you (Revelation 3:20)!
What must you do to receive His favor?
Humble yourself and repent for your continued sin after confessing Him as your Lord, for your sin has revealed that you are spiritually poor and blind —
1Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time . . .
What is the proper time? It is the time after you have humbled yourself, repented, and asked Jesus Christ to crucify your sin nature, purify your heart and fill you with Himself and the Father and the Spirit. There is no higher spiritual position on this earth, and those who are in this position will be exalted in the day of judgment, for they will hear Him say, “Well done!”
Why is this not preached in all churches at all times?
I began announcing this good news since it was worked in me 20 years ago. I cannot stop speaking about what I have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)! Yet I can count on one hand the number of present-day proclaimers I have found, among all the leaders and teachers in today’s church. Why?
— Because they have not experienced what I have just shown you. You cannot teach what you have not personally experienced.
— Because they don’t want anyone to be offended by any mention of sin, though they continue to sin, ignoring the truth that He has the cure for their sin. So He is angry at their sin, and the sin of their followers.
— Because they don’t believe hell is real and judgment is coming for all who have ever lived, or they would certainly warn them to repent.
— Because they fear that their followers will hate them and no longer follow them, but do not fear that they will be hated by God unless they exhort their followers regarding their sin and warn them of the consequences of it.
But the Lord says He has 7,000 besides me who are true servants of His, ones who have not bowed their knee to or kissed the Baal of today’s church — the god of self which is readily taught and gladly accepted by today’s self-worshipers (see 1Kings 19:18)! So I know I am not the only one left (1Kings 19:14)!
What are the consequences, if you refuse to humble yourself and repent?
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.”
If you continue to sin, you remain a slave of sin. And He says you will not remain in His household. You will not enter His kingdom, if you sin, as Paul warns —
1Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
And you will be judged by Him, in the day of judgment, and thrown into hell —
Matthew 7:23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (you who sin).’”
Matthew 25:12 “But he answered (the virgins who had gone to buy oil and were at His closed door), ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’”
Matthew 25:30 “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
It is a place where the worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched (Mark 9:44, 46, 48)!
Therefore, humble yourself, O sinning churchgoer! Repent while it is still today (Isaiah 55:6)!
Amen, Lord Jesus!