Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 7, 2015

“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 28.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+28&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary;  be courageous and act.”

11 Then David gave to his son Solomon the plan of the porch of the temple, its buildings, its storehouses, its upper rooms, its inner rooms and the room for the mercy seat;  12 and the plan of all that he had in mind, for the courts of the house of the Lord, and for all the surrounding rooms, for the storehouses of the house of God and for the storehouses of the dedicated things;  13 also for the divisions of the priests and the Levites and for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord and for all the utensils of service in the house of the Lord;  14 for the golden utensils, the weight of gold for all utensils for every kind of service; for the silver utensils, the weight of silver for all utensils for every kind of service;

20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act;  do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”  1 Chronicles Chapter 28:  Verses 10-14 and 20.

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“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary;  be courageous and act.”  Verse 10.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

There are three themes to today’s Scripture that corresponds to Reformed Doctrine.

First, God chooses us for salvation and for a certain work that He has prepared for us to do.  God chose Solomon to build the temple, the house of God.  Verse 10.  This corresponds to “Unconditional Election” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Second, God provides all that we need for salvation and for the work that He has prepared for us to do.  David provided all the plans, all the materials, all the people, and all the encouragement and exhortation to help Solomon.  Verses 11-14.  This corresponds to “Limited Atonement” and “Irresistible Grace” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Third, God preserves us and completes and perfects our work.  David encouraged Solomon:  “He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”  This corresponds to “Preservation of the Saints” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

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