Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 6, 2015

“grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 34.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+34&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.  2 He did right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David and did not turn aside to the right or to the left.  3 For in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David;  and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images.

8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah an official of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.

14 When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law of the Lord given by Moses.

18 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest gave me a book.”  And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.

19 When the king heard the words of the law, he tore his clothes.

22 So Hilkiah and those whom the king had told went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, the keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter);  and they spoke to her regarding this.  23 She said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, 24 thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am bringing evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the curses written in the book which they have read in the presence of the king of Judah.  25 Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands;  therefore My wrath will be poured out on this place and it shall not be quenched.”’  26 But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus you will say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel regarding the words which you have heard, 27 Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the Lord.  28 Behold, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, so your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place and on its inhabitants.”’”  And they brought back word to the king.”

31 Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant written in this book.  32 Moreover, he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand with him.  So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.  33 Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve the Lord their God.  Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the Lord God of their fathers.”     2 Chronicles 34: Verses 1-3, 8, 14, 18-19, and 22-28.

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“Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:12.

King Josiah paid attention to the warning and humbled himself.  He “… made a covenant before the Lord to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant written in this book.”  Verse 31.  “Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve the Lord their God.  Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the Lord God of their fathers.”  Verse 33.

What are we going to do with the warnings that we receive?

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation;  just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.”  2 Peter 3:10-18.

What is this grace?  What is this knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

This grace and this knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are summarized by “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

This grace is a humbling grace.  “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP” humbles us to the extent that we give up all hope of ourselves being able to do right or even choose what is righteous and that we place our hope only in God doing everything necessary for our salvation from choosing us to preserving us.

This grace is a “God-choosing” grace, not a “man-choosing” grace, as taught by “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”.

This grace is an “atoning grace”.  Although the atonement is limited in the sense that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died only for those chosen by God, the atonement is unlimited in the sense that Christ did everything necessary to secure their salvation as taught by “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”.

This grace is an “irresistible grace” as taught by “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”.

This grace is a “preserving grace” as taught by “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”.

“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;  and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;  and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;  and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.”  2 Peter 2:4-10.

“20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation runs its course.
21 For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.”  Isaiah 26:20-21.

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