Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 19, 2017

“How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel 33:1-9.

“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.  He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning;  his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.  But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.  When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.  But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”  Ezekiel 33:1-9.

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One may falsely think that because God will save all of His elect, there is no calling to preach and teach.  But, God is pleased to use preaching and teaching as a means of grace to save His elect.

“…  How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard?  And how will they hear without a preacher?”  Romans 10:14. 

Article 5.  Moreover, the promise of the gospel is, that whosoever believeth in Christ crucified, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  This promise, together with the command to repent and believe, ought to be declared and published to all nations, and to all persons promiscuously and without distinction, to whom God out of his good pleasure sends the gospel.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”  Mark 16:15-16.


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