Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 16, 2017

“We are the clay, and You our potter And all of us are the work of Your hand.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 64.

“Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
That the mountains might quake at Your presence—
As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness,
Who remembers You in Your ways.
Behold, You were angry, for we sinned,
We continued in them a long time;
And shall we be saved?
For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on Your name,
Who arouses himself to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us
And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.

Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord,
Nor remember iniquity forever;
Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness,
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful house,
Where our fathers praised You,
Has been burned by fire;
And all our precious things have become a ruin.
12 Will You restrain Yourself at these things, O Lord?
Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?”  Isaiah chapter 64.

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Other doctrine teaches that we can become righteous through our own wisdom and will.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches the “Total Depravity” of man, that is, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on Your name,
Who arouses himself to take hold of You;  …”  Verses 6-7.

But, there is hope!

The hope is not that we will come to our senses.

The hope is not that we will exercise our wisdom and alleged free-will and stop sinning and become righteous.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that because of man’s “Total Depravity”, the only hope is that God will show mercy and make us alive and change us and save us.

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.”  Verse 8.

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.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault?  For who resists His will?”  On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?  The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?  Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”  Romans 9:15-21.

Our only hope is that God unconditionally elected us for salvation and that Christ died for us (God’s elect) to atone for our sins and that God will irresistibly draw us to Christ and that God will preserve us to salvation, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

Salvation “… does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:16.


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