Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 15, 2015

Fountain of all our salvation, whence flow all the gifts of grace

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them;  and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines.

2 He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground;  and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive.  And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

3 Then David defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his rule at the River.  4 David captured from him 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers;  and David hamstrung the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots.  5 When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David killed 22,000 Arameans.  6 Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute.  And the Lord helped David wherever he went.  7 David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.  8 From Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a very large amount of bronze.

9 Now when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer, 10 Toi sent Joram his son to King David to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him;  for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi.  And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.  11 King David also dedicated these to the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued:  12 from Aram and Moab and the sons of Ammon and the Philistines and Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 So David made a name for himself when he returned from killing 18,000 Arameans in the Valley of Salt.  14 He put garrisons in Edom.  In all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David.  And the Lord helped David wherever he went.”  2 Samuel 1-14.

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Twice in today’s Scripture (verses 6 and 14), we read:  “And the Lord helped David wherever he went.”

Why did the LORD help David wherever he went?

Why does the LORD help us wherever we go?

The answer is in and between these three wonderful verses.

“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.”  Romans 8:28.

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?”  Romans 8:31.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

First, in the heart of this section of Scripture (between these three wonderful verses), we read the “golden chain of salvation” which we can also call the golden chain of blessing.

“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.

God saves us, guides us, protects us, and otherwise helps us wherever we go because of His “Unconditional Election” of us, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Second, even if we did not look to the context of these three wonderful verses, but only examined the verses themselves, we notice the following.

Romans 8:28 does not state that God causes all things to work together for good for everyone or to those who are wise or work hard or are good themselves.  Rather, it limits this blessing to those “who are called according to His purpose”, which are the elect.

Romans 8:31 begs the reader to show his understanding of this section by answering two questions:  “Who is God for?” and “Who is against them?”  And, we can answer:  “God is for those whom He called (a/k/a predestined or elected).” and “No one can prevail against those elect.”

Romans 8:32 does not state that God freely gives all things to everyone or to those who are wise or work hard or are good themselves.  But, rather it limits this blessing to those for whom Christ died.  “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP” teaches us that Christ did not die for everyone or redeem everyone (otherwise, all would be saved).  Christ died only for God’s elect.  The elect not only receive salvation, but also every other good thing which God freely gives to them.

Consistent with this section of Scripture, consider the following two Scriptures.

“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.

“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.

In conclusion, the “Declaration of Principles” of the Protestant Reformed Churches provides a great “fountain” image to think of this truth:  “That election, which is the unconditional and unchangeable decree of God to redeem in Christ a certain number of persons, is the sole cause and fountain of all our salvation, whence flow all the gifts of grace, including faith.”

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