Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 29, 2017

“I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven—

2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

9 What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?  10 I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

11 He has made everything appropriate in its time.  He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;  13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God.  14 I know that everything God does will remain forever;  there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.”   Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.

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As poetically stated in verses 1-8, man’s work shifts back and forth from killing to healing, from tearing down to building up etc. with little or no profit.  “What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?”  Verse 9.

But, God’s work remains forever.  “I know that everything God does will remain forever;  there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.”  Verse 14.

And yet, other doctrine preaches and teaches as if man’s alleged free-will is in control.

But, Reformed Doctrine not only teaches that God’s will is in control, “there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it (God’s work)”.  Verse 14.

There is not one person to add to God’s elect.  And, there is not one person to take away from God’s elect.

“Article 8.  …   it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation …”  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

And, for all these elect, and only these elect, “God has so worked that men should fear Him.”  Verse 14.

“Article 14.  Faith is therefore to be considered as the gift of God, not on account of its being offered by God to man, to be accepted or rejected at his pleasure;  but because it is in reality conferred, breathed, and infused into him; or even because God bestows the power or ability to believe, and then expects that man should by the exercise of his own free will, consent to the terms of that salvation, and actually believe in Christ;  but because he who works in man both to will and to do, and indeed all things in all, produces both the will to believe, and the act of believing also.”  THIRD AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE Of the Corruption of Man, His Conversion to God, and the Manner Thereof. of Canons of Dordt.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.


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