Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 7, 2017

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 43:1-7.

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name;  you are Mine!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
“For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your place.
“Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
And gather you from the west.
“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Isaiah 43:1-7.

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Other doctrine attributes the cause of salvation to what we have done.

But, Reformed Doctrine attributes the cause of salvation to who we are.

Other doctrine attributes the cause of salvation to what we have done whether it be our works or even “as little” as our alleged free-will choice of Christ.

But, Reformed Doctrine attributes the cause of salvation to who we are, namely God’s elect a/k/a God’s people a/k/a God’s children, His sons and His daughters.

This is how the Heidelberg Catechism states it.

“Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.

In other words, this great Reformed creed teaches us that our only comfort in life and death is not in what we have done but in who we are.  Our only comfort is that we belong to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. 

In the LORD’s own words of today’s Scripture:  “you are Mine!”.  Verse 1.

Because we are the LORD’s sons and daughters, He commands:

“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Verses 6-7.

Other doctrine falsely maintains that God loves everybody and Christ died for everyone (redeemed everyone).

But, Reformed Doctrine truly maintains that God only loves His elect and Christ died only for those elect (thus, redeeming only His elect).

Notice the sharp contrast between God’s people and “other peoples”.  Not all are redeemed a/k/a ransomed.  

“For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your place.
“Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.”  Verses 3-4.

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name;  you are Mine!”  Verse 1.

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