The Lord said in Isaiah 1:18, Come now, let us reason together. If Almighty God who is our infallible Creator seeks to reason with us, how can we, as His followers, not reason with one another? The facts are that God has some indictments against the church as He did against Israel in Isaiah’s day. The indictments against Israel were serious problems then, but if we looked honestly, we should feel the weight of committing the same offenses today. Looking at the Church through God’s perspective, perhaps we would see the same things happening inside our Church today that troubled the Jews in the days of Isaiah. But the issues outlined in Isaiah chapter one are not our only problems. We, the Church have abandoned, or left undone, three major objectives that Jesus left for us to accomplish so the world would know that we are His and our life would be a demonstration for the world to understand God’s love for mankind and His path to salvation.
Although we may realize that Isaiah was speaking to Israel and not the Church, in the New Testament Christ and Paul had three specific things that the Church and individual Christians were supposed to be doing, that I feel, and I hope you will also see, have been left undone. These three things are:
• Loving one another
• How we treat each other (men and women) outside of marriage
• How we treat each other (husband and wife) inside of marriage
1 John 1:5-7, “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Ephesians 5 8-14, "…for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake you who sleep arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”