Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 27, 2018

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” – “I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 28:16-20.

“But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.  When they saw Him, they worshiped Him;  but some were doubtful.  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;  and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16-20.

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Great Commission or Great Confession?

Teaching them to obey?  Or, teaching them to observe?

Other doctrine view today’s Scripture as the Great Commission as if God is only setting up a plan and commissioning man to obey the plan that is dependent on man’s alleged free-will and man’s sense of duty and man’s wisdom and man’s skill in performing it.

But, Reformed Doctrine views today’s Scripture as the Great Confession of God teaching man to observe God at work Who will accomplish all of His good pleasure.

Reformed Doctrine sees “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, written all over this concluding Scripture of the Book of Matthew.

Reformed Doctrine sees “Unconditional Election” and “Limited Atonement” in the part of today’s Scripture:  “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  In other words, God has all authority to decide whom He will save, and Christ has all authority to perform the atonement and procure all the saving gifts for God’s elect that He purchased for them by the price of His death.

Reformed Death sees “Irresistible Grace” in the part of today’s Scripture:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”.  Yes, in a sense we do and obey all of that, but we do not do it and obey it based on our alleged free-will, our sense of duty, our wisdom, or our skill.  But rather, we do and obey all of that through faith in God’s “Irresistible Grace” giving us the will to do all of that and God working in us to do all of that.

Reformed Doctrine sees “Preservation of the Saints” in the part of today’s Scripture:  “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  As 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.”  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby.  In other words, because Christ is with us always, Christ preserves us causing us to persevere.”

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.


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