Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 7, 2017

“There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord,

“Do men fall and not get up again?
Does one turn away and not repent?
“Why then has this people, Jerusalem,
Turned away in continual apostasy?
They hold fast to deceit,
They refuse to return.
“I have listened and heard,
They have spoken what is not right;
No man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turned to his course,
Like a horse charging into the battle.
“Even the stork in the sky
Knows her seasons;
And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush
Observe the time of their migration;
But My people do not know
The ordinance of the Lord.

“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
And the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
Has made it into a lie.
“The wise men are put to shame,
They are dismayed and caught;
Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
And what kind of wisdom do they have?
10 “Therefore I will give their wives to others,
Their fields to new owners;
Because from the least even to the greatest
Everyone is greedy for gain;
From the prophet even to the priest
Everyone practices deceit.
11 “They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.
12 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done?
They certainly were not ashamed,
And they did not know how to blush;
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down,”
Says the Lord.”  Jeremiah 8:4-12.

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We see in today’s Scripture that despite having the ordinances of God and prophets and priests and every advantage of being surrounded by the things of God as a Jew, and despite being in Jerusalem, where the Temple was located and the center of all these advantages, the people of Jerusalem continually turned away from God.

“Why then has this people, Jerusalem,
Turned away in continual apostasy?
They hold fast to deceit,
They refuse to return.
“I have listened and heard,
They have spoken what is not right;
No man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turned to his course,
Like a horse charging into the battle.”  Verses 5-6.

If the Jews, superficially the people of God, are that far away from God as shown by today’s Scripture, then what hope is there for the Gentiles?!

What then?  Are we (the Jews) better than they (the Gentiles a/k/a Greeks)?  Not at all;  for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;  10 as it is written,

There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”

13 Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Romans 3:9-18.

And yet, other doctrine preaches and teaches that man is wise, man is good, man has free-will, and that man just needs to try harder.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees the “Total Depravity” of man throughout Scripture such as shown in today’s Scripture.

Therefore, there is no hope in anything that man will do.

The only hope is that God will choose (elect) some for salvation and do everything necessary for their salvation as taught by Reformed Doctrine summarized by “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Because of man’s “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, it is necessary for God to choose those whom He wants to save and make those dead in sin alive. 

It is necessary for God to do everything from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through Christ’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’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.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-8.

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