Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 21, 2018

“Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 8:26-39.

“Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.  And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons;  and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.  Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I beg You, do not torment me.”  For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.  For it had seized him many times;  and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.  And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”  And he said, “Legion”;  for many demons had entered him.  They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.

Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain;  and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine.  And He gave them permission.  And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine;  and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country.  The people went out to see what had happened;  and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind;  and they became frightened.  Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well.  And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear;  and He got into a boat and returned.  But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him;  but He sent him away, saying,  “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.”  So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.”  Luke 8:26-39.

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Legion did nothing for himself to go from his condition of being demon-possessed by many demons, naked, and living in the tombs to his condition of “sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind”.

We also did nothing for our self to go from our natural condition of “Total Depravity” to our “new creation” condition of being good and useful to our Lord.  Like the change in Legion, it is all the work of our Lord, as summarized by “Irresistible Grace”, the “I of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, and as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.

Article 12.  And this is the regeneration so highly celebrated in Scripture, and denominated a new creation:  a resurrection from the dead, a making alive, which God works in us without our aid.  But this is in no wise effected merely by the external preaching of the gospel, by moral suasion, or such a mode of operation, that after God has performed his part, it still remains in the power of man to be regenerated or not, to be converted, or to continue unconverted;  but it is evidently a supernatural work, most powerful, and at the same time most delightful, astonishing, mysterious, and ineffable;  not inferior in efficacy to creation, or the resurrection from the dead, as the Scripture inspired by the author of this work declares;  so that all in whose heart God works in this marvelous manner, are certainly, infallibly, and effectually regenerated, and do actually believe.  –  Whereupon the will thus renewed, is not only actuated and influenced by God, but in consequence of this influence, becomes itself active.  Wherefore also, man is himself rightly said to believe and repent, by virtue of that grace received.  THIRD AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE Of the Corruption of Man, His Conversion to God, and the Manner Thereof Canons of Dordt.

And yet, other doctrine describes what great things they will do for God.

But, Reformed Doctrine, consistent with today’s Scripture and the command of Jesus, describes what great things God has done for him.

Reformed Doctrine describes the great things that God has done for him to save him from the beginning to the end:  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.  

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 138:8.

“2 I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me.  Selah.
God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.”  Psalm 57:2-3.

For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 92:4.

“I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.”  Psalm 34:1-2.


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