Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 24, 2018

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 15:29-39.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+15&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there.  And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet;  and He healed them.  So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing;  and they glorified the God of Israel.”  Matthew 15:29-31.

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The crowd glorified God, because they knew that no mere man could do these miracles.  These miracles must have been a work of God.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16.

When the crowd see our good works, they too will glorify God if they discern that those good works must have been a work of God.

The good works of other doctrine show off man’s goodness, man’s wisdom, and man’s alleged free-will, and the crowd glorifies man.

But, the good works of Reformed Doctrine show off God’s goodness, God’s wisdom, and God’s will, and the crowd glorifies God.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit show off God’s goodness, God’s wisdom, and God’s will.  In a nutshell, the fruit of the Spirit glorify God.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6.

The salvation of other doctrine is ultimately dependent on man’s goodness, man’s wisdom, and man’s alleged free-will showing that the individual being saved is worthy of salvation and glory.

But, the salvation of Reformed Doctrine is solely dependent on God from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  In a nutshell, the salvation of Reformed Doctrine glorifies God.

“11 I shall remember the deeds of the LORD;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph.  Selah.”  Psalm 77:11-15.


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