Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 1, 2018

Reformed Doctrine teaches a child who believes in Jesus to trust in God. “I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation” and “Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 18:1-6.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Matthew 18:1-6.

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A child is humble knowing that he or she can do nothing and that he or she needs his or her father to do everything for him or her.

Other doctrine is proud teaching that its disciples can and must do certain things for salvation and does not expect nor even want God to do everything for salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine, understanding man’s natural condition of “Total Depravity” of being dead in sin and enslaved to sin and Satan, is humble like a child, teaching that man can do nothing to contribute to salvation and that God must do everything for the salvation of man from beginning to end in order for man to be saved.

This Reformed Doctrine of Salvation is known by the acronym “TULIP”.  “Total Depravity” is the “T” of “TULIP” explains the need for God to do everything for the salvation of man from beginning to end in order for man to be saved:  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”.

There are different ways in which one can cause a child who believes in Jesus to stumble.  We tend to focus on the stumbling blocks of leading a child to develop bad habits and ignore or minimize how bad doctrine can cause a child who believes in Jesus to stumble.  Bad doctrine can cause a child who believes in Jesus to trust himself or herself rather than to totally trust God.

But, in sharp contrast to other doctrine which causes a child who believes in Jesus to stumble, Reformed Doctrine teaches a child who believes in Jesus to trust in God.

“I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the LORD.

4 How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.

9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I will not restrain my lips,
O LORD, You know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.”  Psalm 40:1-5 and 9-10.


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