Isaiah 6:1-8 and What God’s Transformation Does

isaiah angel coalThere is a lot of talk about what conversion can do to people, from being judged not guilty to being free in Christ. I like to look at the transformation that can happen. Isaiah is a wonderful example of this truth:

In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple. Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew about. They shouted to each other, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heavenly forces!
All the earth is filled with God’s glory!”

The doorframe shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke.

I said, “Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!”

Then one of the winged creatures flew to me, holding a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed.”

Then I heard the Lord’s voice saying, “Whom should I send, and who will go for us?”

I said, “I’m here; send me.”

At the beginning of this vision Isaiah is so overwhelmed with the glory of the Lord that he thinks he is going to die. He rightly recognizes that he is in no place of standing before the Holy God of the Universe and cries out such. But look at what happens after he is cleansed by the coal from the altar–he boldly stands up and cries out, “Here I am. Send me.”

This is the transformation we have when we become God’s. We can move from an unholy fear to confidence that we can stand before God. Thanks be to God.

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