Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 17, 2019

“For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 14:16-24.

“But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;  and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come;  for everything is ready now.’  But they all alike began to make excuses.  The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it;  please consider me excused.’  Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out;  please consider me excused.’  Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’  And the slave came back and reported this to his master.  Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’  And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’  And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.  For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.’”  Luke 14:16-24.

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Other doctrine trust in the invitation and their own wisdom and alleged free-will.  Other doctrine trust in “Resistible Grace”.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in God bringing or compelling them to come into the kingdom.  “Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’”  Verse 21.  “And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.”  Verse 23.  Reformed Doctrine trusts in “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

We notice that none of those who were invited came to the dinner.  “But they all alike began to make excuses.”  Verse 18.

Today’s Scripture should make those shudder in fear who trust in the invitation and in their own wisdom and free-will.  “For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.”  Verse 24.

“Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, helps us understand why we should not trust in our wisdom and will to accept the invitation.  Scripture teaches that man is dead in sin and does not understand nor seek God nor do good, and that man is hostile to God and enslaved to sin and Satan.  Romans 3:10-18, Romans 8:7, Romans 6:20-21, Colossians 1:21, and Ephesians 2:1-3.

In a nutshell, we should not trust in man.  We should trust in God to provide 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.

“5 Thus says the LORD,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8.

In conclusion, there is only one Gospel, only one “Good News”.  God brings or compels His elect to come into His kingdom.  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.  God does not make room for the other doctrine which trust in man, the invitation and their own wisdom and alleged free-will.  “For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.”  Verse 24.


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