Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 7, 2018

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 12:18-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verse.

“Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?”  Mark 12:24.

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For today’s devotion, I wanted to focus on the importance of understanding the Scriptures and the power of God, rather than cover in this devotion the one or specific examples of misunderstandings by the Sadducees presented therein.  In other words, we may not have the misunderstandings that the Sadducees, but we will have other misunderstandings, most importantly a misunderstanding of the gospel, the doctrine of salvation,  if we do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God.

Other doctrine teaches a gospel based on the power of man to have wisdom and do good works and have free-will.  Other doctrine does not understand Scripture.

“10 as it is written,

“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”  Romans 3:10-11.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches the gospel presented by Scripture of the power of God to save from beginning to end.  The Reformed creed Canons of Dordt best summarizes Scripture of this power of God to save from beginning to end.  A nutshell summary of the Canons of Dordt is “TULIP” which shows the power of God to save in five points from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”.  

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  Romans 1:16.

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18.

“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:2-5.

“For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.”  1 Corinthians 4:20.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;”  2 Corinthians 4:7.

“Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.”  1 Corinthians 6:4.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  2 Peter 1:2-3.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5.


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