Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 2, 2016

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 30.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+30&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“10 “They abhor me and stand aloof from me,
And they do not refrain from spitting at my face.

“15 “Terrors are turned against me;
They pursue my honor as the wind,
And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

16 “And now my soul is poured out within me;
Days of affliction have seized me.

17 “At night it pierces my bones within me,
And my gnawing pains take no rest.

26 “When I expected good, then evil came;
When I waited for light, then darkness came.
27 “I am seething within and cannot relax;
Days of affliction confront me.

28 “I go about mourning without comfort;
I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.

29 “I have become a brother to jackals
And a companion of ostriches.
30 “My skin turns black on me,
And my bones burn with fever.”  Job 30:10 and 15-17 and 26-30.

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Job is humiliated, persecuted, and otherwise afflicted.  He is in physical pain and in mental anguish.  He is scarred and lonely.  He is in mourning without comfort.

Job may feel totally alone.  But, he is not alone.  When we read the Psalms, we read of similar experiences of the righteous.  We too may feel some of what Job experienced.

“22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord?
Awake, do not reject us forever.
24 Why do You hide Your face
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust;
Our body cleaves to the earth.
26 Rise up, be our help,
And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.”  Psalm 44:22-26.

Other doctrine places its hope that there is something attractive about us (maybe our works, our wisdom, our will, or that we are just cute) that will attract God to us and motivate Him to save us.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows that there is nothing attractive about us in our natural condition.  We were dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan as taught by “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the  Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Reformed Doctrine places its hope that despite our “Total Depravity”, God elected us for salvation.

Article 7.  Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation.

This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than the others, but with them involved in one common misery, God hath decreed to give to Christ, to be saved by him, and effectually to call and draw them to his communion by his Word and Spirit, to bestow upon them true faith, justification and sanctification;  and having powerfully preserved them in the fellowship of his Son, finally, to glorify them for the demonstration of his mercy, and for the praise of his glorious grace;  as it is written: “According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love; having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved,”  Ephesians 1:4,5,6.  And elsewhere:  “Whom he did predestinate, them he also called;  and whom he called, them he also justified;  and whom he justified, them he also glorified,” Romans 8:30.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man;  though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:6-8.

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Just as it is written,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:35-39.

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