Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 15, 2019

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, … so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him … you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 18:35-43.

“As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.  Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was.  They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.  And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet;  but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him;  and when he came near, He questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!”  And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight;  your faith has made you well.”  Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God;  and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.”  Luke 18:35-43.

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The result of Jesus’ miracle was that “when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.”

What is the result of our works?

Do the people praise God, or do the people praise us?

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16.

Other doctrine focuses on man and man’s wisdom and man’s alleged free-will and man’s works.

What is the result of such focus of other doctrine?  Praise to man.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and God’s wisdom and God’s will and God’s work.

What is the result of such focus of Reformed Doctrine?  Praise to God.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD;  you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.


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