Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 29, 2018

“But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, And it will be holy.”

Today’s devotion comes from Obadiah 1:15-21.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Obadiah+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“15 “For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you.
Your dealings will return on your own head.
16 “Because just as you drank on My holy mountain,
All the nations will drink continually.
They will drink and swallow
And become as if they had never existed.
17 “But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape,
And it will be holy.
And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.”  Obadiah 1:15-17.

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“But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape,
And it will be holy. …”  Verse 17.

From this sentence, we can glean two things.

First, those “on Mount Zion” symbolize those who are delivered by God.

“For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion survivors.  The zeal of the LORD will perform this.”  2 Kings 19:31.  Also quoted in Isaiah 37:32.

“Those who trust in the LORD
Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.”  Psalm 125:1-2.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”  Psalm 91:1-4.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.”  Hebrews 12:22-24.

Second, this deliverance will be “holy” in the sense that this deliverance is totally done by God from the beginning to the end.  Thus, it is totally “holy”.  From the beginning, God unconditionally chooses those whom He would save.  This is “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  Through the middle, God accomplishes this salvation through the work of Christ in “Limited Atonement”, the “L” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  Through the middle, God accomplishes this salvation through the work of Holy Spirit in “Irresistible Grace, “I” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  To the end, God preserves their lives and souls of His elect.  This is “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

The following Scriptures help us understand the holiness of this deliverance and these points of the work of God.

“It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.”  Isaiah 4:3.  Another way of describing those people whom God unconditionally chooses is “everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.”

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

And yet, there are those who nevertheless still focus on themselves and futilely try to distinguish themselves worthy of salvation by their own works or will.

But, the Reformed seek God alone and His work alone and rejoice that salvation is not dependent on the work or will of man.  Only such deliverance is truly holy.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.


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