Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 31, 2018

“He has … accomplished redemption for His people.”

I am leaving for a short trip to Michigan to see friends.  My next devotion, God willing, will be Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
This is an abbreviated devotion.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
71 Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.”  Luke 1:67-80.
I want to make 2 points.
First, “He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.”  This is not a partial redemption dependent on man to complete it and accomplish it by his works or his will.
This is a complete “accomplished redemption” in which God provides and accomplishes all that His elect need for salvation.
Second, through God’s grace, God’s preachers and teachers “give to His people the knowledge of salvation”.  TULIP best summarizes this salvation “accomplished” by God as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.


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