Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 19, 2016

“Redeem me, and be gracious to me.” – “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 26.

“Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity,
And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
Test my mind and my heart.
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked in Your truth.
I do not sit with deceitful men,
Nor will I go with pretenders.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
I shall wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving
And declare all Your wonders.

O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house
And the place where Your glory dwells.
Do not take my soul away along with sinners,
Nor my life with men of bloodshed,
10 In whose hands is a wicked scheme,
And whose right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
Redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on a level place;
In the congregations I shall bless the Lord.”   Psalm chapter 26.

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“… Redeem me, and be gracious to me.”  Verse 11.

Other doctrine is more concerned about a one-time “saving a soul” like some “soul winner’s” personal spiritual achievement, kind of like a notch on their Bible. 

But, Reformed Doctrine recognizes first that only God saves souls and then second that redemption is more than just a ticket to heaven.

Redemption includes sanctification, or in other words, God produces godly living as part of His redemption such that we see in today’s Scripture.  God saves one from hell, but God also saves one from being enslaved to sin.  

Other doctrine is more concerned about knowing the time point of conversion and showing some splashy baptism giving more credit to man (both to the “soul-winner” and the person who exercised their alleged free-will choice) than to God.

But, Reformed Doctrine is more concerned about seeing the fruits of redemption that God produces in one’s life such as we see in today’s Scripture.

Consider the following articles in FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

Article 9.  This election was not founded upon foreseen faith, and the obedience of faith, holiness, or any other good quality of disposition in man, as the pre-requisite, cause or condition on which it depended;  but men are chosen to faith and to the obedience of faith, holiness, etc., therefore election is the fountain of every saving good; from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to that of the apostle: “He hath chosen us (not because we were) but that we should be holy, and without blame, before him in love,” Ephesians 1:4

Article 12.  The elect in due time, though in various degrees and in different measures, attain the assurance of this their eternal and unchangeable election, not by inquisitively prying into the secret and deep things of God, but by observing in themselves with a spiritual joy and holy pleasure, the infallible fruits of election pointed out in the Word of God – such as a true faith in Christ, filial fear, a godly sorrow for sin, a hungering and thirsting after righteousness, etc. 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

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