Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 19, 2018

Preaching and teaching “TULIP”: “no one after lighting a lamp covers it” – “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 8:16-21.

“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed;  but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.  For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.  So take care how you listen;  for whoever has, to him more shall be given;  and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”

And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.  And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.”  But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”  Luke 8:16-21.

—————–

When we finally believe “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as more fully stated in the Canons of Dordt, summarized further as faith in God’s sovereignty over salvation and God’s provision of all that we need for salvation, we light the lamp of the light of the Gospel, so to speak, using the language of today’s Scripture.

But, when we hide “TULIP” or obscure it or allow it to be chipped away or tolerate other gospels or are otherwise more concerned of the opinions of man rather than the declaration of God as to what the Gospel is in Scripture, we cover the lamp of the light of the Gospel, so to speak, using the language of today’s Scripture.

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?”  Galatians 1:6-10.

“So take care how you listen;  for whoever has, to him more shall be given;  and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”  Verse 18.

Take sharp warning!  When we cover the lamp of the light of the Gospel, we lose the light of the Gospel shining on us and others.  We are like those in the parable of the sower just a few verses earlier in this chapter:  “Those beside the road are those who have heard;  then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.  Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy;  and these have no firm root;  they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”  Luke 8:12-14.

We may think that we are safe in the company of our church family.  But, Jesus further warns us.  “And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.”  But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”  Verses 20-21.

“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”    2 Corinthians 4:1-4.

In conclusion, those who preach and teach “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, “the light of the gospel”, are like those who in today’s Scripture who “puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.”  But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,”  2 Corinthians 4:13.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: