Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 16, 2015

“I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ”

God willing, I will be leaving for a one week vacation hiking on the Appalachian trail with one of my sons and two of his friends, and the next devotion will be October 25, 2015.  While I am away, I suggest that you read the Heidelberg Catechism that I quote in today’s devotion.  Here is a link to it provided by the Protestant Reformed Churches – http://www.prca.org/about/official-standards/creeds/three-forms-of-unity/heidelberg-catechism/view-all

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

I quote only the following verses.

“Now, O my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

“Now therefore arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might;  let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation and let Your godly ones rejoice in what is good.

“O Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed;  remember Your lovingkindness to Your servant David.”  2 Chronicles 6:40-42.

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These quoted verses are the conclusion to Solomon’s prayer and the dedication of the temple.   We notice how often Solomon (9 times) “reminds” the LORD of certain things through the use of the word “Your”, most importantly, “Your priests”, “Your godly ones”, “Your anointed”, and “Your servant David”.

Other doctrine teaches that God is attentive to our prayer, saves us, and shows us lovingkindness, because of what we do:  our works, our will, or our earnestness.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that we receive God’s attention, His salvation, and His lovingkindness, because we are His elect, His people.  We belong to Christ, and because we belong to Christ, He saves us, preserves us, and makes us willing and ready to live for Him.  

“Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.”   Heidelberg Catechism.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-7.

“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.  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.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-31.

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