Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 10, 2018

“Preservation of the Saints” – “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 24:32-51.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+24&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.  But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  For this reason you also must be ready;  for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?  Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.  Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.  But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards;  the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites;  in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Matthew 24:42-51.

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We do not know the time when the Lord is coming.  Therefore, we should be ready at all times, faithfully and sensibly living out our whole life according to the will of our Lord as if He could come at any time.  In a word, we “persevere” despite trials and tribulations and temptations and tediousness of life.

But, how do we persevere?

Other doctrine looks within and urges us to just try harder.

But, Reformed Doctrine looks above to God and urges us to trust more God’s preservation of us.

Here is what the Canons of Dordt states.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints.

This is “Perseverance of the Saints” better described as “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.


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