Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 9, 2019

“your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 22:66-71.

“When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.”  But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe;  and if I ask a question, you will not answer.  But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.”  And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?”  And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”  Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony?  For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”  Luke 22:66-71.

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The chief priests and scribes did not believe.  Although they asked the question, “If You are the Christ, tell us.”, Jesus recognized their unbelief and said to them:  “If I tell you, you will not believe”.

And even though they did not believe, they were not interested in further testimony that would show that they pursued truth.  There were many witnesses who could testify, but the chief priests and scribes were only interested in getting enough evidence through which they could crucify Jesus.  “What further need do we have of testimony?”

Their own words condemned them.  “For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

So, it should not surprise us that there are those today who do not believe but are not interested in pursuing truth.

“10 as it is written,

“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”  Romans 3:10-12.

And yet, other doctrine is built upon a belief in man and in man’s goodness, man’s wisdom, and man’s alleged free-will.  Other doctrine plans its strategy of evangelism accordingly.  “If only our evangelism was more seeker sensitive and our evangelists were wiser and more eloquent!”

But, Reformed Doctrine is built upon God, His wisdom, His will (“Unconditional Election”), and His work (“Limited Atonement”, that is, Christ’s death for God’s elect providing all the  gifts needed for salvation included faith).  Reformed Doctrine plans its strategy of evangelism accordingly.  “Our evangelism is God sensitive, that is, our evangelism is directed and powered by God Who is at work within us for His good pleasure!”  

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation …”  Romans 1:16.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

““9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.


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