Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 15, 2018

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 4:1-12.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“He began to teach again by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down;  and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land.  And He was teaching them many things in parables, …

As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables.  And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN.”  Mark 4:1-2 and 10-12.

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We notice that Jesus’ followers asked Jesus about the parables.

Although His followers were given the mystery of the kingdom of God, one of the saving gifts of “Unconditional Election”, Jesus’ followers were not smug and were not lazy and were not content to rest on their receipt of that gracious gift.  They were eager to learn and understand, not merely hear, and so they asked Jesus about the parables.  So to speak, they made use of the means of grace of Jesus’ preaching and teaching.

As Reformed believers who believe that God provides all that we need for salvation from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” to God’s “Limited Atonement” to God’s “Irresistible Grace” to God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, through God’s grace, we also persevere and use all of the means of grace.  We diligently seek to hear Godly preaching and teaching, and we also privately study the Scriptures on our own to make sure that we understand the preaching and teaching, not just hear it.  We make sure that the preaching and teaching conforms to the Scriptures.  “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”  Acts 17:11.

“2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:2-3.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15.

“Make me understand the way of Your precepts,
So I will meditate on Your wonders.”  Psalm 119:27.

“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:14-17.


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