Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 12, 2017

Is your God the Great Reactor, the Great Provider, or the Great Initiator?

This is a special edition of Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions to describe why we are giving TULIP:  The Five Points of Calvinism in the Light of Scripture books by author Duane Edward Spencer for free to our congregation this Sunday.  

Here is a link to the publisher’s web site where you may purchase one online – http://www.bakerbookstore.com/product/639561/Tulip_The_Five_Points_of_Calvinism_in_the_Light_of_Scripture

There are three types of people with three different ideas of God:

1.  The first group of people are most focused on themselves.  They view the Bible as a Law to which they must exercise their wisdom and their alleged free-will to try to obey.  This group of people also view God as the Great Reactor Who has his arms folded and Who waits to see if man will obey and then Who only reacts to what man does.

2.  The second group of people is better than the first group but they are also still focused on themselves.  They view the Bible as full of God’s promises to do things for them.  This group of people view God as the Great Provider Who has his arms stretched out to help them but Who still waits to see if man will ask for His help.

3.  The third group of people is best and we try to be like them.  They are focused on God and God’s sovereignty.  They view the Bible and history as His story of how He perfectly accomplished all of His good pleasure.  This group of people view God as the Great Initiator Who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth, because He delights in these things.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”   Isaiah 46:9-11.

God accomplishes all of His good pleasure.  Total Perfect Triumph.

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9: 23-24.

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