Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 16, 2016

“He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.”

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

I quote only the following verses.

“My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished,
The grave is ready for me.
2 “Surely mockers are with me,
And my eye gazes on their provocation.

“6 “But He has made me a byword of the people,
And I am one at whom men spit.
7 “My eye has also grown dim because of grief,
And all my members are as a shadow.
8 “The upright will be appalled at this,
And the innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
9 “Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way,
And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.”  Job chapter 17:  verses 1-2 and 6-9.

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The righteous will experience afflictions, and there will be those who persecute the righteous or be “sorry comforters” (in the language of Job in Job 16:2).

“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way,
And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.”  Verse 9.

It will be dark, but through God’s grace, the righteous will persevere and pierce the darkness like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter.

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”  Proverbs 4:18.

“Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”  Isaiah 58:8.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.”  Psalm 37:6.

This “Perseverance of the Saints” is better known as “Preservation of the Saints”, because God causes the righteous to perervere.  God is the One Who brings forth your righteousness as the light.  God is the One Who gets all credit.  “Preservation of the Saints” is the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.
 
Article 8.  Thus, it is not in consequence of their own merits, or strength, but of God’s free mercy, that they do not totally fall from faith and grace, nor continue and perish finally in their backslidings;  which, with respect to themselves, is not only possible, but would undoubtedly happen; but with respect to God, it is utterly impossible, since his counsel cannot be changed, nor his promise fail, neither can the call according to his purpose be revoked, nor the merit, intercession and preservation of Christ be rendered ineffectual, nor the sealing of the Holy Spirit be frustrated or obliterated.  Canons of Dordt.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints.

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