Reading: “And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.”—Isaiah 4:3–4
What a precious scripture! Mark down the precious things contained here concerning the coming of Messiah and see what personal interest you can trace. First, of whom these things are said—“the living in Jerusalem; even every one that is written: and he that is left, and he that remaineth.” By living, and being written is meant what the apostle said of being “written in the book of life” (Revelation 13:8). And of “him that remaineth,” there is, as another apostle said, “a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:5). Hence the Lord Jesus bids His disciples rejoice, not because the spirits were subject unto them, but because “their names were written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
Secondly, notice, what they are: they are called holy. This is the great object of gospel grace whence the apostle said, ”We are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit” (2 Thessalonians 2:13). And when God says, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44) His word works by His divine power, in the new creation of the soul, as He did in the old creation of the earth. The same efficacy is worked by the one as by the other—“Let there be light, and there was light.”