Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 26, 2018

“election is the fountain of every saving good” – “not a kernel will fall to the ground.”

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

I quote only the following verses.

“8 “Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Nevertheless, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob,”
Declares the LORD.
9 “For behold, I am commanding,
And I will shake the house of Israel among all nations
As grain is shaken in a sieve,
But not a kernel will fall to the ground.”  Amos 9:8-9.

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God has such perfect sovereign control over everything that although He will destroy Israel (verse 8), not one of His elect remnant within Israel (figuratively described as a kernel in verse 9) “will fall to the ground” (that is, be hurt).

We are reminded of the following Scriptures.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”  Matthew 10:29.

“5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
9 For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.”  Psalm 91:5-10.

Other doctrine trusts in man’s basic goodness and that God loves everybody.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Article 9.  … election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to that of the apostle:  “He hath chosen us (not because we were) but that we should be holy, and without blame, before him in love,”  Ephesians 1:4.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?  …”  Romans 8:28-33.


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