Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 14, 2017

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 6:1-7.

“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.  Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings:  with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.  Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.  He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips;  and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”  Isaiah 6:1-7.

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Other doctrine thinks that it can approach the LORD on its own terms whenever it wants, reverently or irreverently, through its own alleged free-will and its own goodness.

But, Reformed Doctrine, with its mind fixed on what Scripture reveals about the LORD and what the Scripture reveals about man, recognizes that it cannot approach the LORD on its own terms.  It is dead in sin and too far removed from the lofty and exalted thrice Holy LORD of hosts.  And, even if it could somehow approach the LORD, the burning glory of the LORD would consume it before it could ever come close to the LORD.  On its own, there is a better chance for man to land on the sun and live than it is for man to approach the LORD.  “Woe is me, for I am ruined!”

Reformed Doctrine recognizes that if it will ever come close to the LORD, the LORD must come to it like how the Seraphim came to Isaiah in today’s Scripture.  The LORD must draw it to Himself.

Reformed Doctrine recognizes that its only chance for salvation is that the LORD will do all that is necessary for its salvation from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of the LORD’s “Unconditional Election” to the LORD’s “Limited Atonement” to the LORD’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of the LORD’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

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