Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 30, 2015

“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching (Reformed Doctrine)”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 12.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 When the kingdom of Rehoboam was established and strong, he and all Israel with him forsook the law of the Lord.  2 And it came about in King Rehoboam’s fifth year, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem 3 with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen.  And the people who came with him from Egypt were without number:  the Lubim, the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians.  4 He captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.  5 Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the princes of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, ‘You have forsaken Me, so I also have forsaken you to Shishak.’”  6 So the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is righteous.”

7 When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak.  8 But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.”  2 Chronicles 12:1-8.

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We like to think of ourselves as free.  But, we are going to be slaves of someone.  We are either going to be the slaves of God or slaves of Satan.

“Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?”  Romans 6:16.

Other doctrine thinks it is free under its belief in free-will and teaches that we need to just try harder to do the works or at least try harder to choose correctly.  But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that due to our “Total Depravity” nature, we do not have the necessary ability nor even the necessary will to do the works or to even choose correctly.

“10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”  Romans 3:10-12.

“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the outcome of those things is death.”  Romans 6:20-21.

We need the sovereignty and the almighty power of the God of Scriptures shown by Reformed Doctrine to deal with our natural condition of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

So, whom do you trust to choose?

Do you trust yourself to choose correctly or do you trust God to choose correctly?

Therefore, we should not resent and bristle against the sovereignty of God in Reformed Doctrine, but rather, we should be thankful that God made the choice and that we were chosen “before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.”  Ephesians 1:4.

“But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.”  Romans 6:20-22.

“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching (Reformed Doctrine) to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”  Romans 6:17-18.

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