Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
God tells His people in the book of Habakkuk that He is going to perform a great work. It is going to be a wonderful work, and they are told to watch for it and be ready for it. It is going to be so great and wonderful that they are not going to believe it, even though someone will tell them about it. This prophecy comes true in the book of Acts, with the Apostle Paul preaching to the Jews in Antioch, telling them about Jesus Christ and the wonderful work He had wrought.
This wonderful work is this: “through this man is preached unto the forgiveness of sins: And by his all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Under the law, there were many things for which there was no justification. If you broke certain commandments, you died. Period. There was not forgiveness, no justification; only condemnation. Then Jesus came.
Now, by believing on Him, we can be forgiven and “justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” What a great and marvelous work Jesus wrought on the cross for us! Forgiveness and justification almost sound too good to be true. The Lord warned His people about this several hundred years before His coming. He surely has done a marvelous work among the heathen, me included! My ancestors were among the barbarians of northern Europe and Scandinavia. They were not part of God’s chosen people. Yet here I sit, clothed in the very righteousness of Jesus Christ! What a wonderful work and wonderful Saviour!