Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 4, 2019

“enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 17:7-10.

“Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?  But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink;  and afterward you may eat and drink’?  He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?  So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves;  we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”  Luke 17:7-10.

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At first, today’s Scripture seems demanding, restrictive, and unpleasant.  Who wants to be a slave?!  We want to be free!!!   

But, when we meditate on today’s Scripture with a Reformed Doctrine perspective, we think about the benefit of being enslaved to God.

Although other doctrine is proud, Reformed Doctrine is humble.

Although other doctrine clings to alleged free-will, Reformed Doctrine treasures the sovereignty of God.

Reformed Doctrine is humble in its recognition that it was a slave to sin as taught in “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.

“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the outcome of those things is death.”  Romans 6:20-21.

Reformed treasures the sovereignty of God.

“But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.”  Romans 6:22.


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