Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 22, 2018

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 15:42-47.

“When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God;  and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.  Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.  And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.  Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock;  and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.”   Mark 15:42-47.

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“Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God;  and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.”  Verse 43.

“Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.”  Verse 47.

Even though they knew he was dead, they were looking for Jesus.

When we hear preaching and teaching, or read Scripture on our own, do we look for Jesus?  

Or, are we content to turn our attention to our self? 

Other doctrine focuses on its self and its own goodness, its own wisdom, its own works, and most notably, its own alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on Jesus and His goodness, His wisdom, His will, and His works.

“Q. 30.  Do such then believe in Jesus the only Savior, who seek their salvation and welfare of saints, of themselves, or anywhere else?

A.  They do not;  for though they boast of Him in words, yet in deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Savior;  for one of these two things must be true, either that Jesus is not a complete Savior, or that they who by a true faith receive this Savior must find all things in Him necessary to their salvation.”  Heidelberg Catechism.

“Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father; that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.”  

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,”  1 Corinthians 1:30.

“I have been crucified with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:20-21.


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