Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 29, 2018

“Blessed are you, …, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 6:14-29.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known;  and people were saying, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.”  But others were saying, “He is Elijah.”  And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”  But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”  Mark 6:14-16.

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God did not reveal to King Herod Who Jesus was.  Therefore, King Herod did not know Who Jesus was.  King Herod thought Jesus was John the Baptist risen from the dead.

But, God did reveal to Peter Who Jesus was.  Therefore, Peter knew Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God.

“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist;  and others, Elijah;  but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 16:13-17.

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.  Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father;  and no one knows the Son except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”  Matthew 11:25-27.

Other doctrine trusts in its own wisdom and its own choice.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in God’s wisdom and God’s choice.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.


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