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We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

In this verse we see the salvation experience of Isaiah.  As the seraphim (symbolic of a faithful Christian) uses the tongs (Spirit of God) to bring Isaiah the coal (Word) which results in his salvation…

Isa 6:7  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

How does salvation take place in an individual’s life?

1. As we saw prior, first the Lord must prepare the hearts of the lost individual to see their sin, see their need of salvation and be receptive to the gospel message. (verse 5)

2. Then the Lord must have the gospel taken to the lost.  In this case we saw that the Lord called a Christian, empowered by the Spirit, to take the Word to Isaiah. (verse 6)

3.  Now, (in verse 7) we see that the Word is used through the intervention and power of the Spirit to remove and cover Isaiah’s sin.

The two words that are used to describe the removal of Isaiah’s sin are:

1. “taken away”  this comes from a Hebrew word that means “to be plucked”, “removed” or “withdrawn”.  This speaks of his sin being taken from his account, in a sense, it is as if he had never sinned. In other words, he was justified.

2. “purged” this word is a form of the Hebrew word normally translated “atonement” or “covering”.  This teaches us that his sins were covered, or atoned for, by the blood of Christ.

Finally, why is the coal (Word) said to touch His mouth?  I believe this was in preparation of his future call to the prophetic ministry.  The touching of his mouth worked salvation throughout his entire being.  It is just a way to emphasize, once saved and ministering for the Lord, His mouth would be cleansed and separated for the Lord’s use in a very unique way.

Let us thank the Lord for the person or ministry that was faithful to the Lord to bring the Word to us.

But most importantly let’s thank the Lord for intervening in our life, preparing our hearts, sending us the Word and then applying the Word to our life.  Many times, we thank Him for His great sacrifice on the cross (which is wonderful)… but we forget to thank Him for the process of salvation that He worked in our lives.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. granbee says:

    How wonderful to have one’s lips purified!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Granbee. We all have felt the need to have our lips cleansed from time to time. And we all have felt the sting of misplaced words being spoken to us that have wounded and hurt us. What a blessing it is to know that the Lord can and will cleanse our lips as well as cleanse the lips of others as well. Lord bless.

  2. Debbie says:

    Pastor Rob, I really loved thinking about the process of Salvation today and am thanking Him for that now! 🙂 God bless you as you uncover and share His truths!

    • Rob Barkman says:


      Salvation is such a blessing for us all. What a wonderful experience it is to be able to look back and see the Lord’s gracious hand of intervention in our lives. Lord bless you and give you a great day today!

  3. Rob I so often thank God for my first pastor who gave me a love for the Word and a real thirst to scrape down to the bottom (which, of course, can never be found: there is always more) and find the deep, deep truths under Holy Spirit’s guidance. And of course, I praise God for the completeness of His salvation: for the finished work of Christ at Calvary; for the present tense of our salvation, moment by moment, and the certainty of our future.

    What an amazing God!

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