Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 26, 2015

Humility is helped by a belief in “Total Depravity” of “TULIP”

Today’s devotion comes fro 2 Kings Chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“11 When the king (Josiah, king of Judah) heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.  12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter); and they spoke to her.  15 She said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, 16 thus says the Lord, “Behold, I bring evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read.  17 Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods that they might provoke Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath burns against this place, and it shall not be quenched.”’  18 But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord thus shall you say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “Regarding the words which you have heard, 19 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the Lord.  20 “Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place.”’”  So they brought back word to the king.”  2 Kings 22:11-20.

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“When the king (Josiah, king of Judah) heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.”  Verse 11.  Huldah prophesied:  “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “Regarding the words which you have heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord … your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place.”  Verses 18-20.

When we hear or read the word of God, we can be closed to the word of God with a hard heart.  We can have our own presumptions as to what really occurred, what is fair, and what should occur.  Particularly when we hear or read about God’s judgment and punishment, we can be defensive and bristle against the word of God.

Or, when we hear or read the word of God, we can be open to the word of God with a tender heart.  We can trust the word of God, accept it as truth, and humble ourselves.

“But He gives a greater grace.  Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners;  and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be miserable and mourn and weep;  let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  James 4:6-10.

Which doctrine leads to truer and greater humility?
 
Other doctrine which emphasizes man’s free-will and innate goodness to do good works and make good choices?
 
Or, Reformed Doctrine which starts with “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation?
If we believe that our natural condition is that we are dead in sin and hostile to God and enslaved to sin and Satan as taught by “Total Depravity”, then we are more likely to show truer and greater humility.  We understand that our only chance for salvation is “Unconditional Election” and the other points of “TULIP”, all of which combine to show that salvation is solely a work of God by grace alone.
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