Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 7, 2016

“There is no one who does good, not even one.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 53:1-3.

“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good.
2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God.
3 Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.”     Psalm 53:1-3.


Reformed Doctrine summarizes this natural condition of man as “Total Depravity”,  the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

There are other similar Scriptures describing this natural condition of man.

“10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
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.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Romans 3:10-18.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”  Ephesians 2:1-3.

“… you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, …”  Colossians 1:21.

Through God’s grace, a good understanding and deep belief in this “Total Depravity” produces humility and a fear of the LORD.

Through God’s grace, a good understanding and deep belief in this “Total Depravity” also leads to a good understanding and deep belief in “Unconditional Election” (the next point of “TULIP”) as being our only chance of salvation, because we understand that there is no condition that we could produce that would motivate God to save us, because we were dead in sin, alienated from God and hostile in mind.

We need God’s grace which is “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”.

And, we need the rest of the points of “TULIP”:  “Limited Atonement” and “Preservation of the Saints”.

In summary, because of our natural condition of “Total Depravity”, we need God to provide all that is needed for salvation.

“I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”   Psalm 52:9.


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