Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 8, 2019

“I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 13:18-19.

“So He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden;  and it grew and became a tree, and THE BIRDS OF THE AIR NESTED IN ITS BRANCHES.”  Luke 13:18-19.

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The phrase in all caps appears to a quote from the following Scripture.

“Thus says the Lord God, “I will also take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and set it out;  I will pluck from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one and I will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the high mountain of Israel I will plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit and become a stately cedar.  And birds of every kind will nest under it;  they will nest in the shade of its branches.  All the trees of the field will know that I am the Lord;  I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.  I am the LORD;  I have spoken, and I will perform it.”  Ezekiel 17:22-24.

We do not need to understand the meaning of all this Scripture to glean out the one point that the LORD is the One Who performs the growth of the kingdom of God.

Other doctrine focuses on itself and what it should do to grow the kingdom of God.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees the theme throughout Scripture that God is the Sovereign King of His kingdom and He performs the growth of His kingdom.

For example, the Apostle Paul said:  “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”  1 Corinthians 3:6-7.

Q. 54.  What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ?

A.  That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith;  and that I am, and for ever shall remain, a living member thereof.  Heidelberg Catechism.  

Other doctrine likes to exalt man and tries to humble God by making the kingdom of God dependent on man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees in Scripture that God likes to humble man:  “I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.”

And, Reformed Doctrine exalts God showing that Scripture teaches that the kingdom of God is dependent on the will and work of God.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.


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