Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 7, 2017

“This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“O Lord, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
2 For You have made a city into a heap,
A fortified city into a ruin;
A palace of strangers is a city no more,
It will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore a strong people will glorify You;
Cities of ruthless nations will revere You.
4 For You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
5 Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.

6 The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.
7 And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples,
Even the veil which is stretched over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”  Isaiah 25:1-9.

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Other doctrine waits for what it will contribute to its own salvation.

But, consistent with verse 9, Reformed Doctrine waits for the LORD that He might save them.

Other doctrine teaches that God loves everybody and Christ died for everybody and the only distinction between the saved and the unsaved is that the saved contributed their own works or at least their own alleged free-will choice of Christ to save themselves.

Other doctrine boasts in themselves for what they contributed to save themselves.

But, Reformed Doctrine waits for the LORD to do everything necessary for salvation from the beginning to the end:   from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Reformed Doctrine boasts only in the LORD.  As stated below in verse 9, it is “His salvation”.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“And it will be said in that day,

Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”  Verse 9.


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