A Short Study of Isaiah 22:23
“And I will fasten Him as a nail in a sure place; and He shall be for a glorious throne to His father’s house”
My soul! through grace, you have long been enabled to hang all your grand concerns for eternity upon the Lord Jesus; and will it not be a very refreshing subject for meditation to see how eternally firm and secure all rest, with an unshaken and unchangeable confidence? Behold Him as He is in Himself, in His person, work, and righteousness – “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.” Next contemplate Him as the source, origin, fountain, and support of all the great things of salvation. There is not a purpose of God, but is founded on Christ; not a promise, but is made, confirmed, and fulfilled in Christ; and not a dispensation in all the kingdoms of nature, grace, and glory, but comes from Christ and His own righteous government. Go on, under a third branch of meditation, and behold Jesus as a nail in a sure place, and that the persons, concerns, and blessings of His people all hang on Him; from Him they derive all their spiritual strength, gifts, graces, authority, order, and appointment. On Him they all depend, for life, ability, power, and disposition to carry it on; and to Him the whole glory of their services return, in an endless revenue of praise. Lastly, and above all, on this nail in a sure place, behold the hand of God your Father, both fixing Him there, and proclaiming it to the souls of His people – “I will fasten Him,” saith Yahweh, “as a nail in a sure place; and He shall be for a glorious throne to His Father’s house.” Hail! Thou glorious Almighty Mediator! Founded on such authority, and possessing in Thyself such eternal principles, evermore will I hang my soul, and body, and spirit, with all I have, and all I am or hope to be, in time and to all eternity, on Thee; for never can too great a stress be laid upon Jesus, nor too full a confidence be placed in Him. How can a soul perish that hangs on God’s Christ?