Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 26, 2018

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 5:27-29.

“After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.”  And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.”  Luke 5:27-29.

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Today’s Scripture presents a more powerful example of Jesus’ power and authority over men.

It is impressive that Jesus could command simple fishermen to follow Him and they immediately left their nets and followed Him.  See Mark 1:16-20.  But, it is more impressive that Jesus could command a shrewd tax collector (who was a professional at resisting the pleas of taxpayers and who also was a sinner who was not afraid of God nor man) and he left everything and followed Him.

It is impressive that the fishermen left their livelihood.  But, it is more impressive that the tax collector “left everything behind” including both a very lucrative source of income for himself and the responsibility for which he could be held accountable for leaving whether to Rome or to another government entity for whom he had the responsibility to collect taxes.  It is reasonable to infer that he risked being punished by death or by imprisonment.

If Jesus had such power and authority over a tax collector named Levi, we can every confidence in Jesus’ power and authority over us. 

Other doctrine teaches man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches God’s “Irresistible Grace”. 

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”  John 6:37.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

God accomplishes all of His good pleasure.  Total Perfect Triumph.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.


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