Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 31, 2018

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 1:14-28.

“Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;  repent and believe in the gospel.”

As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea;  for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.  Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.  Immediately He called them;  and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.

They *went into Capernaum;  and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.  They were amazed at His teaching;  for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit;  and he cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have You come to destroy us?  I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”  Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.  They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this?  A new teaching with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”  Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.”   Mark 1:14-28.

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In today’s Scripture, Jesus demonstrated His authority in different ways.

Jesus demonstrated His authority by His teaching.  “They were amazed at His teaching;  for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”  Verse 22.

Jesus demonstrated His authority by His command over men to follow Him.  “And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”  Verses 17-18.

Jesus demonstrated His authority by His casting out the unclean spirit from the man.  “And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”  Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.”  Verses 25-26.

Elsewhere in Scripture, we see Jesus demonstrate His authority to heal and forgive sins.  “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.”  And he got up and went home.”  Luke 9:6-7.

But, Jesus’s authority was not limited to these examples of His authority.  Jesus summarized His authority.  “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  Matthew 28:18.

Nevertheless, other doctrine futilely denies or minimizes or hides God’s total and complete (“all”) sovereign authority to save, preferring man’s alleged free-will, man’s alleged wisdom, and man’s alleged goodness. 

But, Reformed Doctrine, recognizing God’s authority, proclaims God’s right and power shown throughout Scripture to elect people for salvation (“Unconditional Election”), to atone for all the sins of those elect (“Limited Atonement”), to command people to follow Him, even making them “fishers of men” (“Irresistible Grace”) and to preserve them (“Preservation of the Saints”), the “U”, “L”, “I” and “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 24-25.


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