Sep. 14, 2021
From Year of the Bible 2021
God of All Nations
Isaiah reveals the sovereignty of God over all nations, showing Him as the Judge and Savior of all people for the benefit of humanity. Isaiah delivers a series of oracles, or judgments, against Judah’s enemies to show that God holds all nations accountable.
The first oracle is against Babylon and its king, whose pride and arrogance have led him to rebel against God (Isaiah 14:12-15). Some scholars interpret this as a poetic allusion to the fall of Satan, with the "king of Babylon" representing the personification of evil.
Paul explains how his ministry reflects the work of the Holy Spirit. He defends the legitimacy of his apostolic ministry, emphasizing God’s power in spite of human weakness. He calls for church discipline as an expression of repentance. He charges them to not be connected to unbelievers in ways that compromise their core convictions as Christians.
Paul says the Corinthians are “restricted in [their] own affections.” Have you allowed anything into your life that restricts you from living the life God offers?