Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 28, 2017

“How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 52.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+52&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion.
Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.”  Isaiah 52:7-10.

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Is the gospel of other doctrine truly “good news” in which salvation is dependent on man providing works or at least will to be saved?

Or is the gospel of Reformed Doctrine truly “good news” in which salvation is dependent upon God alone to provide all that is needed for salvation?

Does the god of other doctrine truly redeem or purchase any for salvation if he provides only part of the purchase price and must wait to see if man will provide the other part of purchase price whether it be works or at least will?

Or does the God of Reformed Doctrine truly redeem for salvation if He provides all that is needed in the purchase price? 

Does the god of other doctrine truly reign if he must defer to the alleged free-will of man?

Or, does the God of Reformed Doctrine truly reign if He does whatever He pleases in heaven and earth and He has mercy on whomever He chooses such that salvation does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on Himself Who has mercy?

Scripture shows that the God of Reformed Doctrine alone truly reigns.  

“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does,
In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.”  Psalm 135:6.

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:18.

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:15-18.

“The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.”  Verse 10.

Scripture shows that the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation alone is the only “good news”, because salvation is dependent on God alone to provide all that is needed 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.

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.

Get yourself up on a high mountain,
O Zion, bearer of good news,
Lift up your voice mightily,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with might,
With His arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His reward is with Him
And His recompense before Him.
11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.”  Isaiah 40:9-11.

“How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”  Verse 7.

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