Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 14, 2018

“not My will, but Yours be done” – for our life but also for the gospel.

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 8:34-38.

“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?  For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”  Mark 8:34-38.

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At the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus considered all of the suffering that He would experience which would conclude with the loss of His life, and He began to pray “saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me;  yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  Luke 22:42.

Jesus literally lost His life.  “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”  Acts 2:24.

We may not literally lose our life, but we will lose our will being done for our life, and instead, God’s Will for our life will be done.  We may not be rich and famous as we may have hoped.  We may be a missionary or a minister.  Or, we may also be a farmer, the salt of the earth, who is also an elder of a church in a small farming community.  We may be a Christian school teacher.  Or, we may also be a “stay at home” mother in obscurity taking care of her husband and children.  But, for Christ’s sake, God will save our life and use our life to accomplish the purpose of Christ and kingdom of Christ.

But, there is also the aspect of losing our life for “gospel’s sake”.

Other doctrine tries to save its life by claiming that its own alleged free-will is the determining factor as who will be saved.  Other doctrine vainly tries to save the pride of man and cries out:  “My will, not Your will, be done!”

But, Reformed Doctrine loses its pride and its grip on alleged free-will in humble admission of its “Total Depravity” and in humble submission to the sovereignty of God as the determining factor as who will be saved.  Reformed Doctrine cries out:  “Thy will, not my will, be done!”

Reformed Doctrine is often ridiculed, but it is in conformity to the Scriptures and is in recognition and submission to “Unconditional Election”, the Will of God as to who will be saved, which is the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

For Reformed Doctrine, there is only one gospel as more fully summarized in the Canons of Dordt, and it is based on God’s Will, God’s “Unconditional Election”.  It may be difficult to find a church that faithfully preaches and teaches it, and as we search for it, we may lose favor with churches and denominations and Christian family and friends, and in that sense lose our life for the gospel’s sake, but that is the only gospel that we seek and that is the only gospel that will save us.

“Article 15.  …  Satan abhors it;  the world ridicules it;  the ignorant and hypocrite abuse, and heretics oppose it;  but the spouse of Christ hath always most tenderly loved and constantly defended it, as an inestimable treasure;  and God, against whom neither counsel nor strength can prevail, will dispose her to continue this conduct to the end.  Now, to this one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, forever. AMEN.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints of Canons of Dordt.

“… not My will, but Yours be done.”  Luke 22:42.


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