Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 24, 2018

“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 10:13-16.

“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them;  but the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me;  do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”  And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.”  Mark 10:13-16.

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Have children done the most works?

Are children the wisest?

Are children the strongest?

Do children have the most willpower?

Of course not.

And yet, despite today’s Scripture in which Jesus states:  “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”, other doctrine preaches and teaches as if the key(s) to entering the kingdom of God is doing one or more of the following:  doing the most works, being the wisest, being the strongest, and having the most willpower.

But, Reformed Doctrine preaches and teaches that the key to entering the kingdom of heaven is simply being one of God’s elect and receiving that gift of God as a child receives a gift without any thought that he or she deserved it.

Other doctrine is proud and think that it deserves salvation because it contributed something to secure its own salvation that other people have not contributed.

But, Reformed Doctrine is humble like a child and knows that it has not contributed anything to secure its own salvation and receives the kingdom of God as a gift of grace alone.

Other doctrine trusts its own wisdom and its own sense of fairness and questions the fairness of God’s election and concludes:  “That is not the God I believe.”  

But, Reformed Doctrine is humble like a child and does not “over-think” it but just gladly receives the gift.

Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt, FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination.

Article 7.  Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation.

This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than the others, but with them involved in one common misery …”

Article 9. This election was not founded upon foreseen faith, and the obedience of faith, holiness, or any other good quality of disposition in man, as the pre-requisite, cause or condition on which it depended;  but men are chosen to faith and to the obedience of faith, holiness, etc., therefore election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself …”

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 7:15-16.

“… 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 1:27-31.


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