In this teaching, Pastor Don documents notable biblical commentaries that reaffirm this great wealth conversion from the wicked rich to the Church (the body of Christ). He outlines several significant comments to back up the doctrinal believe of this event:
Albert E. Barnes Notes on the Bible (Isaiah 61:6):
Isaiah 61:6 “You shall be named the priests of the Lord, men shall call you the ministers of our God…”
Barnes: But ye shall be named – The idea here literally is, ‘There will be no need of your engaging in the business. All that will be done by others; and you, the church, as ministers of God, may engage wholly in the duties of religion. The world shall be tributary to you, and you shall enjoy the productions of all lands; and you may, therefore, devote yourselves exclusively to the service of Christ, as a kingdom of priests.’
“And in their glory – In what constitutes their glory, or what they regard as valuable; that is, their wealth, their talents, and their power.
Barnes: Shall you boast yourselves? – There has been considerable variety of interpretation in regard to the meaning of the word used here. Jerome renders it, Et in gloria earum superbietis. The Septuagint, ‘In their wealth ye shall be admired’ (θαυμασθήσεσθε thaumasthēsesthe). The Chaldee and Syriac render it, ‘In their splendor ye shall glory.’ In the passage before us, it is used in Hithpael, and means properly to exchange oneself with anyone. Here it means, ‘In their splendor we shall take their places,’ that is, we shall enjoy it in their stead. We shall avail ourselves of it as we enter into their possessions, and as our own. The sense is, it shall come to enrich and adorn the church (its members). It shall cleavage places, and shall all belong to the people of God – in accordance with that which has been so often said by Isaiah, “that the wealth of the world would become tributary to the church.”
Isa 60:16 KJV Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
John Wesley Explanatory Notes: Shalt suck – That the church shall draw, or receive the wealth of nations, and the riches, and power of kings, and whatever is most excellent, and that it shall come freely, and affectionately, as milk flows from the breast of the mother.
Barnes: Isaiah 60:16
Thou shalt suck the milk of the Gentiles – This expression means, ‘Whatever is valuable and rich which they possess shall contribute to your welfare.’ The idea is the same substantially which occurs in the previous parts of the chapter, that the riches of the pagan world would become tributary to the advancement of the true religion.
And thou shall suck the breast of kings – The Chaldee renders this, ‘And thou shalt be satisfied with the riches of the people, and shalt delight thyself with the spoil of kings.’ The phrase to suck ‘the breast of kings is unusual; but the sense is simple and plain, that kings and their wealth should be made to contribute to sustain the church. See the sentiment explained in the notes at Isa_49:23.
And thou shalt know – By the protection which shall be extended to thee, and by the accession which shall be made to thee, thou shalt have full proof that Yahweh is thy protector and friend. The conversion of the pagan world shall demonstrate that Yahweh is the friend of his church and people.
Isa 60:17 KJV “For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.”
Barnes: “For brass I will bring gold” – This commences the description of the happy times when the World should be led to embrace the true Church, and when the wealth of the world would be consecrated to the service of the true God. The idea is, that all things would be changed for the better. The golden age should come; and a change from the calamities to which reference had been made by the prophet, would take place as great as if, in all purposes of life, gold should be used where brass is commonly used; and silver where iron is commonly used; and brass where wood is used; and iron where stones are used. Calvin supposes, not improbably, that allusion is here made to the first temple, that, in describing the future glory of the church, the prophet says that the change would be as glorious as if, in all places where brass and iron and wood and stone had been used, gold and silver and brass and iron should be respectively used in their places. But it is designed as a poetical description of the glory of a future age, and of the great changes which would take place in human society under the influence of the gospel. Such changes shall yet take place everywhere on the earth.”