Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 12, 2018

“EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW … AND ALL FLESH WILL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.’”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 3:1-9.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“And he (John the Baptist) came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;  as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.
‘EVERY RAVINE WILL BE FILLED,
AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW;
THE CROOKED WILL BECOME STRAIGHT,
AND THE ROUGH ROADS SMOOTH;
AND ALL FLESH WILL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.’”

So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.  Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees;  so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  Luke 3:3-9.

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The language of John the Baptist is shocking.  It is harsh and not what we hear in many churches today.

Many churches are more concerned about coddling their congregation:  “What can I do for you?“;  many churches are more concerned about pleasing their congregation, preaching on how they can live better lives, and praying for their every ache and pain, than they are concerned about their eternal destiny.

And yet, we see the need for man’s pride to be made low and the prophecy of accomplishment of it:  “EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW”.

Reformed Doctrine humbles man by its teaching of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

When man is so humbled and emptied of its pride in its own works and will, it turns its focus from man to God, from what man has done to what God has done.  It leads to repentance and seeking of the salvation of God.

“Total Depravity” leads to the salvation of God:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as more fully taught in the Reformed creed Canons of Dordt.

“… AND ALL FLESH WILL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.’”  Verse 6.


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