Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 13, 2014

Captive to Christ, “Irresistible Grace”, and What Christ has done for the Church

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 21:10-16.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

10 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, 11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, 12 then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails.  13 She shall also remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and mother a full month;  and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.  14 It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go wherever she wishes;  but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not mistreat her, because you have humbled her.”  Deuteronomy 21:10-14. 


Today’s Scripture is not permission to have more than one wife.  No Christian would maintain it, and it is not even legal.  

And, today’s Scripture isn’t really about an equal division of duties between wives and husbands, although each does have her or his own duties.  Rather, today’s Scripture is about the following.  As the woman was made captive and made a wife in today’s Scripture, we were made captive to Christ and made to be His church through “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  

Although the following Scripture does spell out the duties of each, the wife and the husband, the following Scripture is more about what Christ has done for the church:  “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”.   Ephesians 5:27.  Reformed Doctrine is more about what God has done for us than what we have done for God as evidenced by the “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace”, and “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L” “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, compared to “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP” which is what man produces on his own.  

22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 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.  28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;  29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body.  31 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.  32 This mystery is great;  but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”  Ephesians 5:22-33.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”  2 Corinthians 10:15.




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