Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 19, 2018

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 8:28-34.

“When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs.  They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way.  And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God?  Have You come here to torment us before the time?”  Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them.  The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.”  And He said to them, “Go!”  And they came out and went into the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters.  The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs.  And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus;  and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region.”  Matthew 8:28-34.

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In this Scripture, Jesus only said one word:  “Go!”  Jesus effectively showed His character as God and His power by casting out the demons with that one word.

Other doctrine try to save with its many words and eloquence.  But, trying to save with many words and eloquence is as futile as it would be to try to cast out demons without the power of God.

Reformed Doctrine knows the “Total Depravity” character of man and relies alone on the power of God to save through “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  Romans 1:16.

There is only one gospel.  There is only one good news.  The gospel is the power of God for salvation.  People are not going to be saved by other doctrine which relies on its many words and eloquence and the alleged free-will of man.  People are only going to be saved by the power of God.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.


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