Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 11, 2015

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 11.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring.  2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom.  So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death.  3 So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord six years, while Athaliah was reigning over the land.

4 Now in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds of the Carites and of the guard, and brought them to him in the house of the Lord.  Then he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the Lord, and showed them the king’s son.

13 When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people in the house of the Lord.  14 She looked and behold, the king was standing by the pillar, according to the custom, with the captains and the trumpeters beside the king;  and all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets.  Then Athaliah tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!”  15 And Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of hundreds who were appointed over the army and said to them, “Bring her out between the ranks, and whoever follows her put to death with the sword.”  For the priest said, “Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord.”  16 So they seized her, and when she arrived at the horses’ entrance of the king’s house, she was put to death there.

17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people, that they would be the Lord’s people, also between the king and the people.  18 All the people of the land went to the house of Baal, and tore it down;  his altars and his images they broke in pieces thoroughly, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.  And the priest appointed officers over the house of the Lord. 19 He took the captains of hundreds and the Carites and the guards and all the people of the land;  and they brought the king down from the house of the Lord, and came by the way of the gate of the guards to the king’s house.  And he sat on the throne of the kings.  20 So all the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet.  For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king’s house.”  2 Kings Chapter 11:  Verses 1-4 and 13-20.

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“When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.”  Proverbs 28:2.

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.”  Proverbs 11:10.

“14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away His judgments against you,
He has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
You will fear disaster no more.
16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not be afraid, O Zion;
Do not let your hands fall limp.
17 “The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:14-17.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. ”  2 Corinthians 2:14.

Which doctrine is more consistent with “always leads us in triumph in Christ”? 

Other doctrine subject to fleeting and failing man’s work and man’s alleged free-will? 

Or, Reformed Doctrine subject to God and God’s work from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation?! 

Doesn’t “always leads us in triumph in Christ” remind you of Reformed Doctrine’s golden chain of salvation in Romans 8:29-30!  “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.


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