Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 7, 2014

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 14:1-10.

“1 Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.  2 All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt!  Or would that we had died in this wilderness!  3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword?  Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”  4 So they said to one another, “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”

5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.  6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;  7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  8 If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey.  9 Only do not rebel against the Lord;  and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey.  Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us;  do not fear them.”  10 But all the congregation said to stone them with stones.  Then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.”  Numbers 14:1-10.

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The “exceedingly good land” is out there for us too.  It is called heaven. 

And the LORD will also “bring us into this land and give it to us”.

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit”. 1 Peter 3:18.

“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.”  Hebrews 2:10.

“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 8:29-30.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom;  to Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  2 Timothy 4:18.

Whereas, some teach salvation is dependent on man either working enough or willing enough until his death to get to heaven, Reformed Doctrine teaches salvation is dependent on God.  God will do all that is necessary for salvation from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints” in “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  In the language of the following Canons of Dordt, God will “bring them (the elect) infallibly to salvation”.

Article 8.   For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of 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:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father; that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death; should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing; and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  Canons of Dordt – SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby.

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