Isaiah 60:21

21 1Your people shall all be righteous; 2they shall possess the land forever, 3the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.[a]

Isaiah 60:21 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 60:21

Thy people also shall be all righteous
That is, the church's people, or the members of the church; otherwise the Lord's people, who are truly so, always were, and ever will be, all righteous; but so have not always been the members of the churches; when Israel was the church of God, they were not all righteous; there was only a remnant among them, according to the election of grace, that were so; nor in the first Christian churches were they all such, there was a Judas among Christ's disciples; Ananias and Sapphira in the church at Jerusalem; and many in the church of Corinth, very disorderly and irregular; and so in all others; and in all ages since there are foolish virgins among the wise, tares among the wheat, and chaff among the corn on the floor; yea, even in the spiritual reign of Christ they will not be all truly gracious; some that will have only a form of godliness, and who, at the close of it, will be the greater number, and will form the lukewarm Laodicean state; but in the personal reign of Christ all the members of the church will be righteous, through the righteousness of Christ imputed to them: it will be a congregation of righteous persons, and not one sinner shall stand in it; yea, they shall be inherently righteous, perfectly holy, and free from sin; none shall enter into this state that defiles; every pot and vessel in Jerusalem shall be holiness to the Lord, ( Psalms 1:5 ) ( Isaiah 4:3 ) ( Zechariah 14:20 Zechariah 14:21 ) ( Revelation 21:27 ) . The Jews F15 have a saying, that the son of David comes not but in an age in which men will be all righteous, or all wicked; in an age in which they will be all righteous, according to ( Isaiah 60:21 ) , but this designs not his first, but his second coming: they shall inherit the land for ever;
not the land of Canaan only; though perhaps that may be the spot on which Christ will descend, and where he will reside; where he was treated with contempt and crucified, here he will reign, and reign gloriously; and the rather, since, when he comes with all his saints, his feet will stand upon the mount of Olives, ( Zechariah 14:4 Zechariah 14:5 ) but the new earth is meant, which John saw, and Peter says the saints expect, according to promise, in which righteousness men perfectly righteous shall dwell, and none but they, ( Revelation 21:1 ) ( 2 Peter 1:3 2 Peter 1:13 ) as also it may include a better country, the land afar off, the heavenly glory, which will be the inheritance of the saints to all eternity: the branch of my planting;
in Christ by election grace; in the likeness of his death and resurrection by redemption grace; and as branches in him, the Vine, by effectual calling grace; and in his church, through the ministry of the word; all which will appear true and real; and that they are plants of the Lord's planting, by their being in this church state, even in the paradise of God, near to the tree of life, the fruit of which they will always partake of: the work of my hands;
the workmanship of God, curiously wrought by him; the effect of his mighty power; wholly his own work and not another's; and entirely owing to his great love, abundant mercy, and rich grace; as will be evident in this state; this being the day of the Lord unto which it is performed, and become perfect; and there will be no more doubts of that matter: that I may be glorified;
as he will be then in all them that believe; and by these characters which they bear, and are to be ascribed to his power, grace, and righteousness; Christ, and he alone, will be exalted; he will reign before his ancients gloriously, until he delivers up the kingdom; and then God, Father, Son, and Spirit, will be all in all.


F15 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 98. 1.

Isaiah 60:21 In-Context

19 The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.
21 Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.
22 The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Isaiah 52:1; Jeremiah 31:34
  • 2. Psalms 37:9; See Ezekiel 37:25
  • 3. Isaiah 61:3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or that I might display my beauty
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