The Comfort Of God
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"Comfort, O comfort My people,"
says your God. "Speak kindly to Jerusalem; and call out to her, that her
warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has
received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins." (Isaiah 40:1
The Biblical Counselor offers the comfort of God. He bears witness to
God's lovingkindness and tender mercy. Because the wrath of God toward
sin has been satisfied in Christ, now comfort, mercy, kindness, and
compassion are available.
He entreats his client to end his warfare with God. He urges him to put
away unbelief, disobedience, and resistance to God's will and purposes.
He says, "God is establishing peace with you. The turmoil of your life
can now stop.
God brings this comfort in Christ Jesus through confession of sin and
turning to God in faith and obedience. Iniquity is dealt with; God's
justice is satisfied; His comfort is given.
When Isaiah says that Jerusalem has received from the Lord's hand double
for all her sins, he refers to a practice of folding over in two the
written certificate of a person's indebtedness once the debt has been
paid. The certificate was then nailed to a door as public testimony of
freedom from debt.
This is a metaphor of redemption through the blood of Christ; God
Himself provided payment to purchase us out of the destruction and
brokenness which comes because of sin. He opened the door for us to come
in. The counselor invites the client to enter.
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