Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 27, 2017

“Save me and I will be saved”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 17:9-18.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+17&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
10 “I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.
11 “As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid,
So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly;
In the midst of his days it will forsake him,
And in the end he will be a fool.”

12 A glorious throne on high from the beginning
Is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O Lord, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake You will be put to shame.
Those who turn away on earth will be written down,
Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the Lord.
14 Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my praise.”  Jeremiah 17:9-14. 

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“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my praise.”  Verse 14.

The reason that we are saved is simply because the LORD saved us.  The LORD deserves all of the credit and praise. 

There is nothing good within us that causes or contributes to us being saved.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?”  Verse 9.

And yet, other doctrine teaches that there is some goodness within us or some wisdom within us or some alleged free-will within us that causes or contributes to us being saved.

But Reformed Doctrine, consistent with today’s Scripture understanding of the deceitfulness of the heart, teaches that there is nothing good within us that causes or contributes to us being saved. 

If we are to be saved, it must be entirely a work of God.

“…  Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my praise.”  Verse 14.

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.

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