Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 5, 2015

“He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 17.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+17&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Jehoshaphat his son then became king in his place, and made his position over Israel firm.  2 He placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had captured.

3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, and did not act as Israel did.  5 So the Lord established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor.  6 He took great pride in the ways of the Lord and again removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah.

7 Then in the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;  8 and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tobadonijah, the Levites;  and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.  9 They taught in Judah, having the book of the law of the Lord with them;  and they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.

10 Now the dread of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of the lands which were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat. 11 Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat; the Arabians also brought him flocks, 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats. 12 So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.”  2 Chronicles 17:1-12.

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In summary, Jehoshaphat followed the example of David, sought God, followed God’s commandments, took great pride in the ways of the LORD, removed idols, and taught Scripture to the people.

Other doctrine would simply teach:  “Just do likewise!”

But, Reformed Doctrine first humbles itself and admits:  “I am far from being all that I should be.  Today’s Scripture about Jehoshaphat confronts me with my sinful nature in comparison to him.” 

Then, Reformed Doctrine looks to Christ and flees to Him, “seeking the remission of sin and righteousness in Christ” and believing that “by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.”

“Q. 115.  Why will God then have the ten commandments so strictly preached, since no man in this life can keep them?

 A.  First, that all our lifetime we may learn more and more to know our sinful nature, and thus become the more earnest in seeking the remission of sin and righteousness in Christ;  likewise, that we constantly endeavor, and pray to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that we may become more and more conformable to the image of God, till we arrive at the perfection proposed to us in a life to come.”  Heidelberg Catechism.

“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.


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