Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 5, 2017

“TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, are like “apples of gold” in a setting of God’s complete salvation of us.

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 25:11-20.

“11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.
15 By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you found honey?  Eat only what you need,
That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,
Or he will become weary of you and hate you.
18 Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow
Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.
19 Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot
Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda,
Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.”    Proverbs 25:11-20.


Sometimes, other doctrine can do less damage and be like “chaff which the wind drives away.”  Psalm 1:4.

At other times, other doctrine can do much more damage and be like “A little leaven (which) leavens the whole lump of dough.”  Galatians 5:9.

But, “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, are like “apples of gold” in a setting of God’s complete salvation of us.  Verse 11.  Those apples of gold are God’s works of “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace” and “Preservation of the Saints” in a setting of God’s complete salvation of us.

For while other doctrine exalts man and focuses on what man should do, Reformed Doctrine exalts God and focuses on what God has done.

“5 Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8.


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