Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 4, 2016

“always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 32.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%2032&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  2 But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned;  against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God.  3 And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.  4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he.  5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned.

6 So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said,

“I am young in years and you are old;
Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you what I think.
7 “I thought age should speak,
And increased years should teach wisdom.
8 “But it is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
9 “The abundant in years may not be wise,
Nor may elders understand justice.
10 “So I say, ‘Listen to me,
I too will tell what I think.’”  Job 32:1-10.

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There are those who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:7.

They are like “…  children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;”  Ephesians 4:14.

They may be in church every Sunday and attend every Sunday School class thinking that they are quite righteous just because they attend.

They will listen to sound doctrine but form no conviction.  They will listen to unsound doctrine but not resist nor refute.

Just because a preacher or teacher claims to be Christian and quotes Scripture, it does not necessarily mean that he is preaching the gospel.  “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.”  Matthew 24:11.

“‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”  Matthew 15:9 and Mark 7:7.

So, what is the gospel?

The gospel is good news.

It certainly is not good news for your salvation to be dependent on your works or even your will.

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 3:11-12.

It certainly is good news for your salvation to be dependent on God alone from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

The gospel is all about grace, God’s grace to us.

What is a better expression of grace?

A gospel in which man deserves some credit?

Or, the gospel in which man deserves no credit? 

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, ]and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

In conclusion, the gospel is summarized by “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Why are so many ashamed of it?

Why are so many willing to entertain different doctrines? 

“and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”  2 Thessalonians 2:10-15.

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