THE ENSIGN OF GOD’S PEOPLE
“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:10
“There is an allusion here to the ensigns or colors of commanders of regiments, elevated on high places, on long poles, that the people might see where the pavilion of their general was, and so flock to his standard.” Adam Clarke
After his resurrection from the dead, Jesus said this to his disciples:
“Go ye therefore, and teach ALL NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS
“Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;” Romans 2:9
(The Jews were first to hear the message of the kingdom of God and they are first to receive tribulation and anguish for their disobedience.)
“But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:” Romans 2:10
All men need Jesus Christ to save them from their sins. We must have faith in his death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness and cleansing of sin. When we truly believe in Him, we submit to His authority as the Messiah, the Son of God.
Let us come to the ensign of his pavilion and obey the Commandments of God. As we do that we become like-minded and receive one another as Christ received us to the glory of God.* We enter his rest through the adoption as Sons of God.
* Rom 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Rom 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. [marginal reading - Or after the example of]
Rom 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
Rom 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
Rom 15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
Rom 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
Rom 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.