Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 15, 2019

“God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong … so that no man may boast before God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 14:12-15.

“And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.  But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you;  for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  Luke 14:12-15.

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Other doctrine teaches that those who are saved contributed something to their salvation to prove themselves worthy of salvation, whether it be works or just the alleged free-will to be saved.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that those who are saved contributed nothing to their salvation to prove themselves worthy of salvation.  They were “dead in sin” and “children of wrath” deserving the wrath of God as stated by the following Ephesians 2:3-8 Scripture.   They did not seek God, but were hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan (Romans 8:7, Colossians 1:21, Romans 7:14-15, Romans 3:10-11).  They were “by nature neither better nor more deserving than the others, but with them involved in one common misery” as stated by the following quote from the Canons of Dordt. 

Today’s Scripture uses figurative language of “the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” to figuratively represent those whom one would normally not invite to a luncheon or dinner.  These figures also represent those whom many would think that God would not invite them to the kingdom of God, “but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-29.

Article 7.  Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation.

This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than the others, but with them involved in one common misery, God hath decreed to give to Christ, to be saved by him, and effectually to call and draw them to his communion by his Word and Spirit, to bestow upon them true faith, justification and sanctification;  …

Article 9.  This election was not founded upon foreseen faith, and the obedience of faith, holiness, or any other good quality of disposition in man, as the pre-requisite, cause or condition on which it depended; but men are chosen to faith and to the obedience of faith, holiness, etc., therefore election is the fountain of every saving good; from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to that of the apostle:  “He hath chosen us (not because we were) but that we should be holy, and without blame, before him in love,”  Ephesians 1:4.”   FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt. 

 

Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  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 2:3-8.


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