Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 23, 2018

“For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

Today’s devotion comes from Malachi 3:1-6.

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me.  And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple;  and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.  “But who can endure the day of His coming?  And who can stand when He appears?  For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.  He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.  Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment;  and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.  “For I, the LORD, do not change;  therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”  Malachi 3:1-6.

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The LORD only refines “the sons of Levi”, a representative group symbol for the LORD’s elect, with whom the LORD has His covenant.

The LORD of hosts does not refine everyone, even though everyone needs it.

Among those who need refining but did not receive refining, but only a swift witness against them, are “the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear” the LORD of hosts.  Verse 5.

Those who also need refining and did receive it are the elect.  Although the elect may be unfaithful, (“From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them.  …” Malachi 3:7), the LORD is faithful.  “For I, the LORD, do not change;  therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”  Verse 6.  “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”  2 Timothy 2:13.

The god of other doctrine changes his mind on whom he will save all the time based on what man does.

But, the God of Scripture presented by Reformed Doctrine does not change His mind on whom He will save based on what man does.  “… therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”  Rather, this God of Scripture refines His elect and does everything else that His elect need for salvation.

Reformed Doctrine brings great comfort and summarizes today’s Scripture in “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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