Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 26, 2018

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 9:1-11.  Here is a link to this Scripture –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.  And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.  And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money;  and do not even have two tunics apiece.  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.  And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”  Departing, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.”  Luke 9:1-6.

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When proclaim the kingdom of God, we preach the gospel, “the Good News” of salvation, but we also teach that God provides all that we need for soul and body.

This point was emphasized by Jesus when He commanded His disciples to heal diseases and to also take nothing for their journey.  God would provide all that the twelve disciples would need.  God will also provide all that we need.

We preach “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of salvation, that God provides all that we need for salvation 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.  

But, we also teach the general providence of God to provide all that we need for soul and body.

In the kingdom of God, God is not only sovereign and king over our souls, God is sovereign and king over our bodies and all that happens to us, soul and body.  

Consider the following from the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.

Q. 27.  What dost thou mean by the providence of God?

A.  The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures;  so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand. 

Q. 28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33.


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