Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 1, 2019

“You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you?”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 9:37-42.

“On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him.  And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, “Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy, and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth;  and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves.  I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not.”  And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you?  Bring your son here.”  While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion.  But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father.”  Luke 9:37-42.

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We tend to focus only on the amazing miracle but do not listen to the amazing words of Jesus Who said in verse 41:  “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you?”

And, what little that we listen to these words of Jesus, we silently judge and dismiss these words of Jesus as being too critical.

But, then we remember God’s words in the preceding Scripture in verse 35:  “This is My Son, My Chosen One;  listen to Him!”

We should meditate on Jesus’ words and humble ourselves and ask:  “Are we also an unbelieving and perverted generation?”

Other doctrine does not admit it is an unbelieving and perverted generation, teaching that man has at least some goodness, wisdom, and alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine admits that in its natural condition it is an unbelieving and perverted generation, teaching man’s “Total Depravity”, that is, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, unable to understand spiritual things and seek God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.

But, there is hope!

Reformed Doctrine teaches that the hope is not based on anything within man, rather, the hope is only in God.  The hope is that God provides all that is needed 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.

In the language of the following Canons of Dordt, even faith is a gift of God:  “the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith” and “he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death”.

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

In conclusion, we live in a dangerous world, and we are not as good as we think.  Let us listen carefully to the words of Jesus and humble ourselves and trust only in God.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9.


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