He Shall Not Fail, nor be Discouraged
By Michael Zaucha
Salvation’s Greatness. The more that the salvation of God is being revealed and made known unto His people through the gospel, the superlatives of language are most appropriate to ascribe to it. In Christ, God’s salvation is more than great – it is so-great (Heb. 2:3). As the glorious working of God in salvation continues to be made manifest, it is shown to be exceeding magnifical.
Salvation’s scope of its majesty and glory not only transcends any and all earthly boundaries – for it extends to all ends of the earth even into the world to come – it also transcends time itself, when there should be time shall no longer, salvation’s glory shall shine brighter and brighter, the saints being saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation, being not ashamed or confounded world without end (Isa. 45:17).
From one divine perspective, the working of salvation is a demonstration of God’s power – the power of the Highest (Lk. 1:35) - and it is truly an exceeding great power, being specifically directed to us-ward who believe (Eph. 1:19). Salvation is a demonstration of God’s power to bring life to the dead – those who were once dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1) are now alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:11). Salvation is of power for those which sat in darkness to not only see a great light (Mt. 4:16), but also of power to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18); it is of power to stablish you (Rom. 16:25), and to keep you from falling and present you faultless in the presence of the Holy, Holy, Holy God (Jude 24).
Jesus is its Main Revelation. The gospel declares that Jesus is the Son of God with that very power (Rom. 1:4) – all power both in heaven and in earth. God Himself anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with power (Acts 10:38) - with the very power to affect all that God has purposed and determined in salvation. Jesus is of power to justify, to sanctify and yes, even to glorify all those that believe in Him. Jesus has the power to acquit sinners from their sins (Mt. 9:6), to cleanse them from all unrighteousness (I Jn. 1:9), and to give them the very righteousness of God Himself (II Cor. 5:21). Jesus is of power to separate us now from sin’s hold and dominion it once had over us (Rom. 6:14), purging our own conscience from its condemnation (Rom. 8:1) and is able to conform us now into His very own image (Rom. 8:29), with the grand culmination in salvation for the saints being our glorification, when perfect spotlessness and blamelessness are apprehended by each and every saint in the sight of the Holy, Holy, Holy God. On that day when Jesus comes again then we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is (I Jn. 3:2).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is an announcement, a declaration of Christ’s accomplished work and the fulfilling of all that was and is necessary unto the bringing to pass all that God required for man to obtain and to partake of God’s so great salvation. To speak of all Christ’s accomplishments unto salvation, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written (Jn. 21:25).
Jesus Shall Not Fail, nor Be Discouraged. What I will affirm to you is the magnitude of working required unto the fulfillment of God’s so-great salvation – of all that must be fulfilled and accomplished if any man is to be saved to the uttermost, and that fulfillment is a mighty working of God through His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the gospel is the announcement of its fulfillment.
The ministration of this truth concerning Jesus, will be effectual unto the strengthening of the saint’s faith and hope and trust in God’s Elect Servant. Above all, this truth stands sure and true - this glorious revelation by God Himself concerning His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: “He shall not fail nor be discouraged” (Isa. 42:4).
In all that was and is required to be accomplished by Jesus in order for men to be received of God – those who were once dead in trespasses and sins - Jesus shall not fail nor be discouraged. In order that all the exceeding great and precious promises of God are obtained and partaken of by His people in fullness – Jesus shall not fail nor be discouraged. In all the positions in the new covenant that Jesus has been ordained by God to administer unto His people both life and godliness and ready them for glory, on whom our hope of heaven depends – high priest, king, shepherd, commander, leader, mediator, advocate, intercessor, deliverer, sustainer, restorer, the giver of eternal life and all the rest the gospel reveals of Christ – Jesus shall not fail nor be discouraged. No not one of Christ’s workings shall fail is the glad tidings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With such a One being chosen, anointed, delighted of by God from before the worlds were, from the beginning, God began to move His holy men – God’s prophets, the holy men of God - to speak being moved by the Holy Spirit of those things concerning His so great salvation (II Pet. 1:21), specifically they did testify of His Christ, The One who would accomplish all of God’s good pleasure, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Consider the exceeding magnitude of this revelation of God: all that God had purposed and revealed in the record He gave concerning His so-great salvation, its fulfillment rested upon a single man. From the bruising of Satan’s head (Gen. 3:15), to the blessing of all the families of the earth (Gen. 12:3), to the providing Himself a lamb to take away the sins of the world (Gen. 22:8; Jn. 1:29), which the gospel will declare to be Jesus, and speak of the glory and power of His one sacrifice for sin, for ever – that sacrifice being Himself (Heb. 9:26) – the gospel declares Jesus’ sacrifice was of such worth and value to God that God Himself declared of its potency before Him in our behalf: “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 8:12). – because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord.
There are myriads of more things concerning Jesus in the Scripture, and unto the accomplishing and fulfilling of all things necessary to bring to pass all that God had desired and purposed in salvation, they all would rest on a single man, the man of God’s own choosing, God’s Beloved Son, the man Christ Jesus, and He shall not fail, nor be discouraged.
God’s Testimony Concerning His Son. Concerning the very person of God’s Christ, even before the Word was made flesh and dwelled among men, there is much that God wanted His people to know about His Son, so that all would believe and trust in Him to the saving of their souls. “His glory is great in Thy salvation; Honor and majesty Thou hast laid upon Him” (Ps. 21:5) spoke the Psalmist as the Holy Spirit gave him utterance. “(He) shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord” (Isa. 49:5), and My salvation unto the end of the earth (Isa. 49:6) testified the prophet Isaiah of Jesus.
And in due time, when Jesus was to be born of a woman, God sent forth the angel Gabriel from the very throne of Heaven with this word concerning His Son: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end (Lk. 1:32-33).
For this reason we thank our God and Father that He was the One who chose, anointed and sent forth His Servant to accomplish salvation. This was not man’s doing, for with all others it is impossible. For it was God who said as He surveyed the whole of the sons of Adam, from one generation to the next, even unto the end: “I saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor” (Isa. 59:16). Beginning with Adam and all his sons thereafter, there was not found one to be qualified or able to affect such a work before God. Of all the sons of Adam, this was God’s determination, and it is true: “I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, that should stand in the gap before Me that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezek. 22:30).
But God – a most wonderful declaration of good news announcing an intervention of God causing a change of condition – but God, testifying of Jesus, the One that shall not fail, nor be discouraged, declared “therefore His Arm brought salvation unto Him; and His righteousness, it sustained Him” (Isa. 59:16). “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord” (Ps. 3:8) is as true now as it was then spoken, as it was from before the foundation of the world.
“Salvation of the righteous is of the Lord” (Ps. 37:39). From the issues from death (Ps. 68:20) to the issues of life (Prov. 4:23), they all belong to God. Salvation is the Lord’s doing. He is the Author and Finisher of them all, and God is doing so by the one man Christ Jesus – and in none of these shall He fail nor be discouraged.
I Am Come to Fulfill. As to His intent and work in the days of His enfleshment, Jesus would affirm the words of God’s holy prophets: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled” (Mt. 5:17-18).
Jesus had come to fulfill all, for all must be fulfilled which was written of Him. From the beginning of our Lord’s ministry on the earth, He wanted men to know what He came for and what He would be about doing – to complete those things spoken of Him from Moses to Malachi; to fill to overflowing those things testified of Him by Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms, to accomplish what was the intent and purpose of God Himself, even unto the accomplishing of the eternal purpose of which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 3:11).
“Til all be fulfilled” was the work the Father gave to His Son, His Elect Servant – “Til all be fulfilled” was Christ’s mission. Time would fail us to tell of the all that be fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ, but the gospel does make note of them all. The gospel is the announcement that Jesus has fulfilled them all, that entire work He was sent for into the earth. “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do” was our Lord’s testimony before God, and God’s testimony concerning His Son is: “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17; 17:5). Jesus shall not fail nor be discouraged is the good news message unto God’s people.
The Fulfillment of the Decease He would Accomplish. There is one specific fulfillment of Christ Jesus that that the Scripture makes much of – the one fulfillment that all the promises of God hang upon, and that all the benefits and blessings and glory to follow God had purposed to give unto men would rest upon; the one that would bring forth the forgiveness of sins, the one that would make us the righteousness of God in Christ (II Cor. 5:21); the one by which we obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (II Tim. 2:10).
Jesus made known what that fulfillment would entail of Him when He said: “I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (Jn. 10:14-18).
A commandment of God; a divine appointment and commission from the Father to the Son – lay down your life AND take it up again – purposefully with divine intent – first and foremost, unto the satisfying of God’s righteousness and truth. The laying down of His life speaks of the death of Christ to be sure, but oh so much more.
While we know that the laying down of His life does indeed speak of Christ’s death, and through it God would make known the exceeding greatness of Christ’s sacrifice above any and all of those made under the law. In those times sundry times of revelation, God had begun to sow the seed into the minds of His people of the necessity for a sacrifice and an offering for the sin of the people, to be made it their behalf on the altar in the tabernacle of the congregation. If there ever was going to be a cleansing from sin, the remission of sins, an atonement made for sin, there must needs be a sacrifice made unto God. That’s what God was teaching His people through those sacrifices of the law.
But of none of those sacrifices written in the law was it ever said that they laid their lives down. No sacrifice of the law ever laid down their life. Rather men took it from them. The priests took the lives of the sacrifices. But when it comes to the offering to God for the sin of the world, only Jesus laid down His life on the altar – no man took it from Him.
Jesus willingly laid down His life, giving Himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God (Eph. 5:2) – “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do Thy will, O God. Above when He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou wouldest not (receive and be satisfied in), neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law” (Heb. 10:7-8). Those sacrifices gave no satisfaction to God’s justice in His forgiving men all their sins; for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins (Heb. 10:4).
Jesus’ Acceptable Sacrifice to God. But of the sacrifice of God’s Son, this man - this one man, the Son of Man, the man Christ Jesus, did what no other man could do. What Jesus accomplished in the laying down of His life was so thorough, so complete, no further consideration of a sacrifice for sin is even considered again – by God! Because this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever – the laying down of His life – sat down on the right hand of God (Heb. 10:12) – not only revealing the work of the putting away of sin was finished, with no more sacrifice for sin necessary for ever, but also that God had received His sacrifice and offering for sin, and the glory would follow.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).
And again the reception by God is affirmed in the gospel: (God) “set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet” (Eph. 1:20-22).
The heavenly hosts were eye-witnesses of the triumphal entry into heaven of the man Christ Jesus declaring with many loud voices “worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom and strength, and honor and glory and blessing: (Rev. 5:11-12).
The laying down of His life – a sacrifice for sin - not His sin but ours - is the obedience that the Apostle Paul spoke of concerning Jesus, and oh the glorious implications brought to all that believe on Him: “for as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners.” The man Adam disobeyed one commandment of God and brought devastation and death and condemnation to the entirety of the race.
Consider Christ’s Obedience. Likewise, by the obedience of One – of one man, the man Christ Jesus – shall many be made righteous (Rom. 5:19). While it is absolutely true that Jesus did “always those things” that pleased the Father (Jn. 8:29), this is not the obedience spoken of here. Jesus did nothing of Himself, but spoke only as His Father taught Him (Jn. 8:28), but this is not the obedience that made many righteous.
The obedience that made many righteous is the laying down of His life “unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8), being obedient to the commandment the Father gave Him, and the gospel declares this good news of His obedience unto God: “hereby we perceive the love of God, because He (Jesus) laid down His life for us” (I Jn. 3:16) the Apostle John declares. “For Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (I Cor.5:7) the Apostle built up the Corinthian church. Titus was encouraged with this word from the apostle Paul concerning our “Great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Tit.2:14). In the fulfillment of the commandment given Him by God to lay down His life, Jesus did not fail, nor was discouraged. The gospel announces this to be true, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
And while Jesus was delivered up to death for our offenses, yet, the fullness of the commandment of God was not fully accomplished, for Jesus must take up His life again – according the commandment of His Father to lay down His life and take it again. And this – praise God! - Jesus did on the third day when He rose from the dead by the which He was revealed to be THE Son of God with power (Rom. 1:4), having made full satisfaction to God for the sins of the world, and raised again for our justification (Rom. 4:25). In His resurrection, Jesus was shown to be the victorious conqueror over death itself, having destroyed Him that had the power of death, that is the devil (Heb. 2:14), and spoiled the evil principalities and powers of all their captives, setting them free, and made a show of this mighty accomplishment openly – not to men in the world at that time, but to all the heavenly hosts who desired greatly to look into these things. Jesus truly had and demonstrated in His usage – that He has the keys of hell and death (Rev. 1:18).
Having accomplished all that the Father had commanded Him – to lay down His life and take it up again – Jesus ascended up into heaven, was received in glory amidst the thunderous shouts of praise and glory unto God by the ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of the heavenly hosts (Rev. 5:11), and was set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2), being a great king over all the earth (Ps. 47:2), above all gods (Ps.95:3); being our great High Priest who ever liveth to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25); that great Shepherd of the Sheep (Heb. 13:20) had not failed nor was discouraged.
A Word of Exhortation. In all this and the much more that was vital to fulfill, hear the words of the prophet Isaiah, and let them sink down into your ears: “He shall not fail, nor be discouraged.” Therefore, put your trust in the Lord (Ps. 4:5). Believe on Him whom the Father sent to lay down His life and take it again because God has given good, solid and true reasons to do so. The gospel is an announcement, a declaration that Jesus did not fail nor was He discouraged in all that God required of Him to save us to the uttermost. So trust in Him at all times, ye people. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him (Ps. 2:12).