Today’s devotion comes from Acts 11:1-18.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”  But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying, …  And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning.  And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”  When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”  Acts 11:1-18.

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Other doctrine teaches that “repentance that leads to life” is a free-will act of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that “repentance that leads to life” is a sovereign act (a grant) of God. 

“He (Jesus) is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 5:31.

“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”  2 Timothy 2:24-26.

Reformed Doctrine sharply contrasts God’s grant of “repentance that leads to life” with man’s sin leading to death.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—”  Romans 5:12.

“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin;  and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”  James 1:14-15.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”  Romans 7:4-6.

Regarding being “joined to another” (Christ), “… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;  for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.  This mystery is great;  but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.”  Ephesians 5:26-31.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 17, 2019

“O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:44-48.

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.  All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.  For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.  Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”  And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.”  Acts 10:44-48.

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How did all the circumcised believers who came with Peter know that the the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also?

“For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.”  Verse 46.

Specifically, the purpose of this devotion is NOT to discuss speaking with tongues.  More generally, the purpose of this daily devotions is not to give an opinion on every subject.  There are other Reformed preachers and teachers who can do so.

The reader should be reminded about what I wrote in the “About Me” section of my web site Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions – http://www.reformeddoctrine.com“On a personal note, I am an attorney, married with three sons.  Although I do my best to present true teachings, these are my teachings as a layman.  (I am an attorney, not a minister).  And, although I have been taught by and otherwise influenced by certain Reformed denominations through the years from a very early age to date, my teachings are not necessarily the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church, Presbyterian churches, the Protestant Reformed Churches, nor any other denomination.  The reader is advised to follow the example set forth in Acts 17:11:  “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

Rather, specifically, the purpose of this devotion is to discuss the evidence of the Holy Spirit exhibited by the Gentiles, namely that they were “exalting God”.

Other doctrine exalts man and his alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine exalts God.

“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”  2 Samuel 22:47 and Psalm 18:46.

“O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.”  Psalm 34:3.

“Exalt the LORD our God
And worship at His holy hill,
For holy is the LORD our God.”  Psalm 99:9.

“O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”  Isaiah 25:1.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;  you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:36-43.

“The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)— you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed.  You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem.  They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.  God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.  And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.  Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 10:36-43.

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Jesus Christ is “Lord of all”, “appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.”  Verses 36 and 42.

Jesus Christ is also Savior of some.  Jesus Christ is Savior of those who “through His name … believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”  Verse 43.  As Reformed believers, we know that these some are the elect for whom Christ died:  “… the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  …”.  Article 8 of SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

“11 “I, even I, am the LORD,
And there is no savior besides Me.
12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,
“And I am God.
13 “Even from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?””  Isaiah 43:11-13.

“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”  Philippians 3:20-21.

“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.”  2 Peter 3:18.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:23-35.

“…  And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him.  On the following day he entered Caesarea.  Now Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.  When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him.  But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up;  I too am just a man.”  As he talked with him, he entered and *found many people assembled.  And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him;  and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.  That is why I came without even raising any objection when I was sent for.  So I ask for what reason you have sent for me.”

Cornelius said, “Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour;  and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments, and he *said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.  Therefore send to Joppa and invite Simon, who is also called Peter, to come to you;  he is staying at the house of Simon the tanner by the sea.’  So I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come.  Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

Opening his mouth, Peter said:

“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.”  Acts 10:23-35.

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There is a broader message in today’s Scripture than only that now salvation (including the Holy Spirit) is available to Gentiles as well as Jews.

The language in verses 28 and 35 highlighted above (“God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.” and “in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.”) cause us to thus meditate more broadly, and further back in history, than the recent inclusion of the Gentiles.

We recognize generally that the Gentiles were “excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world”.

“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”  Ephesians 2:11-13.

But, through God’s grace, there were a few Gentiles, such as Rahab, who were saved before the time of Christ.

“By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.”  Hebrews 11:31.

The following Scripture shows that throughout history “in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.”

“13 The LORD looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16 The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.”  Psalm 33:13-19.

Thus, Rahab and other Gentiles before Christ, who by faith understood this quality of God (“in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.”), had this hope.

And, this hope helped Cornelius and Peter understand that it was thus possible for Gentiles to be brought near by Christ.

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 14, 2019

“the Spirit of truth … will guide you into all the truth”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:9-23.

“On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.  But he became hungry and was desiring to eat;  but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;  and he *saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.  A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”  But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”  Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”  This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate;  and calling out, they were asking whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was staying there.  While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you.  But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.”  Peter went down to the men and said, “Behold, I am the one you are looking for;  what is the reason for which you have come?”  They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.”  So he invited them in and gave them lodging.”  Acts 10:9-23.

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Today’s Scripture provides an awesome display of God guiding Peter into truth.

First, God provided the vision to Peter.

Second, at the very time that Peter was perplexed as to what the vision meant, Cornelius’ men arrived at the house where Peter was staying.

Third, at this same time, the Spirit assured Peter that He sent these men to Peter and that Peter should accompany them without misgivings.

Fourth, Cornelius was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for Peter to come to his house and hear a message from him.

And, there is hope for the rest of us too!

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;  and He will disclose to you what is to come.”  John 16:13.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:1-8.

“Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.  About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!”  And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, “What is it, Lord?”  And he said to him, “Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God.  Now dispatch some men to Joppa and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter;  he is staying with a tanner named Simon, whose house is by the sea.”  When the angel who was speaking to him had left, he summoned two of his servants and a devout soldier of those who were his personal attendants, and after he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.”  Acts 10:1-8.

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Cornelius had not yet received the Holy Spirit, nor welcomed into the church, but he persisted in the use of the means of grace available to him.  He “feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually”.  Verse 2.

Thus, Corneilus provides a lesson to us “who do not yet experience a lively faith in Christ, an assured confidence of soul, peace of conscience”.

Article 16. Those who do not yet experience a lively faith in Christ, an assured confidence of soul, peace of conscience, an earnest endeavor after filial obedience, and glorying in God through Christ, efficaciously wrought in them, and do nevertheless persist in the use of the means which God hath appointed for working these graces in us, ought not to be alarmed at the mention of reprobation, nor to rank themselves among the reprobate, but diligently to persevere in the use of means, and with ardent desires, devoutly and humbly to wait for a season of richer grace.  …  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”  Hebrews 6:10-12.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 9:36-43.

“Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas);  this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.  And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died;  and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room.  Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.”  So Peter arose and went with them.  When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room;  and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.  But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.”  And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up;  and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.  It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.  And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.”  Acts 9:36-43.

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Tabitha was dead, but Peter “prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.”  And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up”.  Verses 40-41.

Thus, Tabitha was raised up by God.

Today’s Scripture gives us hope that we too, dead in our sins, will be raised up by God.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 9:32-35.

“Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.  There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed.  Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you;  get up and make your bed.”  Immediately he got up.  And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.”  Acts 9:32-35.

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Nothing is said in today’s Scripture of Aeneas turning to the Lord.  But, “all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.”  Verse 35.

The Lord heals and does many different good things for many people.  But just because they experience a healing or other good thing does not necessarily mean that God saved the recipient of such healing or other good thing.  Sometimes, like in today’s Scripture, the healing or other good thing is done for the salvation of others.

People use the term of grace too loosely.  People think that just because people received some healing or other good thing that they received God’s grace.  

“2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps had almost slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
And their body is fat.
5 They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind.” Psalm 73:2-5.

“17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!”  Psalm 73:17-19.

Or, on the other hand, people think that just because people have trials, troubles, or tribulations that they have not received God’s grace.

Job’s friends thought that way about Job, but Job was patient and righteous and did not rebel against God for the trials, troubles, and tribulations that he experienced, proving that he had received God’s grace.

“We count those blessed who endured.  You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.”  James 5:11.

Grace is not common to all.  Grace is only extended to God’s elect and always accomplishes their salvation.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:28-30.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 9:26-31.

“When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, but their plot became known to Saul.  They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;  but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples;  but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.  But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.  And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.  And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews;  but they were attempting to put him to death.  But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up;  and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”  Acts 9:26-31.

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At first reading, this last verse, verse 31, seems out of place, a non sequitur.  After we read about all the plots, persecution, distrust, and sending away of Saul, it does not logically follow:  “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up;  and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”  Verse 31.

But, our Sovereign Triune God is at work!

God the Father causes us to fear Him.

“So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west …”  Isaiah 59:19.

God the Son builds His church.

“…  I will build My church;  and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”  Matthew 16:18.

God the Son gives us peace.

“Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you;  not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  John 14:27.

God the Spirit is our Comforter.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; ”  John 14:16.

Likewise, our lives may be filled with trials, troubles, and tribulations, but we also can experience and enjoy “peace, being built up;  and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit”.

Reformed Doctrine preaches and teaches that God provides all that we need for salvation from beginning to end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as more fully set forth in the Canons of Dordt.

Reformed Doctrine provides comfort.

Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.  Heidelberg Catechism.

Reformed Doctrine preaches and teaches how great God is and how great are His works.

“3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:3-7.

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 9:19-22.

“…  Now for several days he (Saul) was with the disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”  All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?”  But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.”  Acts 9:19-22.

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Saul proclaimed Jesus, saying, “He is the Son of God.”  Saul proved that “this Jesus is the Christ.”

The book of 1 John has a lot to say about such beliefs and confessions.

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.”  1 John 5:1.

“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true;  and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life.”  1 John 5:19.

“Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  1 John 5:5.

“The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself;  the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.  And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has the life;  he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”  1 John 5:10-12.

“By this you know the Spirit of God:  every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;  and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God;  this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.”  1 John 4:2-3.

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”  1 John 4:14-15.

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