Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 8, 2016

“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 53:4-6.

“4 Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge,
Who eat up My people as though they ate bread
And have not called upon God?
5 There they were in great fear where no fear had been;
For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you;
You put them to shame, because God had rejected them.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores His captive people,
Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”  Psalm 53:4-6.

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“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!  …”  Verse 6.

David, the Psalmist, rightly fixes his hope that salvation of Israel “would come out of Zion!”.  In other words, salvation would come out of God.

Other doctrine believes that God loves everybody, Christ died for everybody, and thus, the only basis why some are saved and others are not saved is that those who are saved contributed something to secure their salvation whether it be their works, their wisdom, or their alleged free-will choice of Christ.  In other words, by their beliefs, other doctrine shows their hope that salvation ultimately comes out of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine rightly summarizes Scripture that God does not love everybody (God hates the wicked), Christ did not die for everyone (Christ only died for God’s elect – “Limited Atonement” of “TULIP”), that man is dead in sin (“Total Depravity” of “TULIP”) and cannot contribute anything for salvation, and that the only basis why some are saved and others are not saved is that God unconditionally chose some for salvation (“Unconditional Election” of “TULIP”).  In other words, salvation truly comes out of God.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:15-18.

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