Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 10, 2014

There are secret things that “belong to the LORD our God”, but Reformed Doctrine is revealed to us and belongs to us.

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 29:19-29.

“19 It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.’  20 The Lord shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and His jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven.  21 Then the Lord will single him out for adversity from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant which are written in this book of the law.

22 “Now the generation to come, your sons who rise up after you and the foreigner who comes from a distant land, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the Lord has afflicted it, will say,  23 ‘All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.’  24 All the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land?  Why this great outburst of anger?’  25 Then men will say, ‘Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.  26 They went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they have not known and whom He had not allotted to them.  27 Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against that land, to bring upon it every curse which is written in this book;  28 and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’

29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”  Deuteronomy 29:19-29.


There are secret things such as the time when our LORD and Savior returns.  For example, see Acts 1:7:  “He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;”

But, Reformed Doctrine is not one of those secret things.  We have seen it taught throughout Scripture from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

We have seen Reformed Doctrine summarized as “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord” and “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

We have seen the contrast with other doctrine simplified as a focus on man, man’s alleged goodness and wisdom, and man’s alleged free-will.

We have seen the warning.

“Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.”  Jeremiah 17:5.

We have seen the harsh consequences of trusting and boasting in mankind, so vividly displayed, such as in today’s Scripture (Verses 19-28) and in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 that we recently read.

We have grown to understand that despite all the promises, warnings, and call to duty, there are those who simply do not have “eyes to see, nor ears to hear.”

Thus, it should not surprise us that they think that these things are secret and so easily dismiss them as secret from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine is not secret and it is revealed to us and “belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”  Not that we can turn back and obey the law in our own strength, but realizing our weaknesses, we seek the LORD more urgently, trusting Him to give us all that we need.

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  2 Peter 1:2-3.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:3-6.


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