Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 31, 2015

“If God is for us, who is against us?” – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 6:8-23.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“15 Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city.  And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master!  What shall we do?”  16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”  And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw;  and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  18 When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Strike this people with blindness, I pray.”  So He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.  19 Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city;  follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.”  And he brought them to Samaria.

20 When they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.”  So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw;  and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.  21 Then the king of Israel when he saw them, said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them?  Shall I kill them?”  22 He answered, “You shall not kill them.  Would you kill those you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow?  Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.”  23 So he prepared a great feast for them;  and when they had eaten and drunk he sent them away, and they went to their master.  And the marauding bands of Arameans did not come again into the land of Israel.”  2 Kings 6:15-23.

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We see the miracle of God opening eyes.  We see the miracle of God shutting eyes.  We see the faith in God that declares:  “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  We see the merciful action (of preparing a feast for enemies – see Romans 12:20-21) that could only proceed from this faith.  In summary, we see God causing all things working together for the good of Israel (“And the marauding bands of Arameans did not come again into the land of Israel.”)

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

“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.

We tend to think of this promise of God causing all things to work together for good only in terms of God delivering us from some trouble, but the very next two verses turn our attention to the most important “good” that God causes all things to achieve (which is our salvation).

“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.

This “golden chain of salvation” is the heart of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  God causes all things to work together for good for His elect (“For those whom He foreknew”) which is “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”.  And, the “good” toward which God causes all things to work is the salvation for these unconditional elect (“He also glorified”), which is “Preservation of the Saints” to salvation, the “P” of “TULIP”.

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