Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 28, 2015

“you were sealed in Him (Christ) with the Holy Spirit of promise”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 24. Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+24&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years; then he turned and rebelled against him. 2 The Lord sent against him bands of Chaldeans, bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites, and bands of Ammonites. So He sent them against Judah to destroy it,according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken through His servants the prophets. 3 Surely at the[a]command of the Lord it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 4 and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the Lord would not forgive.

10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon went up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to the city, while his servants were besieging it. 12 Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he and his mother and his servants and his captains and his officials. So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign. 13 He carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, just as the Lord had said. 14 Then he led away into exile all Jerusalem and all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land.

20 For through the anger of the Lord this came about in Jerusalem and Judah until He cast them out from His presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.” 2 Kings Chapter 24: Verses 1-4 and 10-14 and 20.

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As incredibly sad as it is to read about Judah being taken into captivity and “He cast them out from His presence”, first, we must remember that LORD’s judgment was just. We also consider our own sin.

“Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.” Psalm 51:4.

So, we cry out:

“Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11.

But, there is hope!

We were sealed in Christ!

“…  you were sealed in Him (Christ) with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-27-29.

“… for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5.

Reformed Doctrine helps us believe these glorious Scriptural truths which it summarizes as “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Article 3. By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength. But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end. FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints of Canons of Dordt.


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