Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 3, 2018

“Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 11:25-27.

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.  Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father;  and no one knows the Son except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”  Matthew 11:25-27.

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Why would God hide Himself and hide salvation as described in today’s Scripture?

“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”  1 Corinthians 1:21.

“… God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-28.

In other words, God hid Himself and hid salvation so that no man could boast of his wisdom in knowing God and knowing salvation.  God wants all the credit for man knowing God and knowing salvation.

Other doctrine just does not understand or accept God’s decision.

But, Reformed Doctrine understands and teaches God’s decision.

Other doctrine is focused on man and what man wants and has faith in man’s wisdom and allege free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine is focused on God and what God wants and has faith in God’s wisdom and God’s will.

In regards to man, Reformed Doctrine teaches that man’s natural condition is “Total Depravity” , the “T” of “TULIP, the true doctrine of salvation.  Man is “dead” in sin.  Ephesians 2:1.  None of us understands, and none of us seeks God.  Romans 3:10-11.  We are hostile to God.  Romans 8:7 and Colossians 1:21.  We are in bondage to sin.  Romans 7:14-15.

“as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;  THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;  ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;  THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”  Romans 3:10-11.

The fallen condition of man is not that we are just affected or injured by the presence of sin.  Rather, “… you were dead in your trespasses and sins,”  Ephesians 2:1.

Reformed Doctrine teaches us that our only chance to know God and salvation is God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP, the true doctrine of salvation.

Because of this fallen condition, this total depravity, there is nothing in us that motivates God to choose us for salvation. His election of those He chooses to save is unconditional, namely that there is no condition supplied by man whether it be wisdom or works or will that motivates God to elect certain individuals for salvation.

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-8.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.


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