Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 29, 2019

“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 1:4-12.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  John 1:4-5 and 9-12.

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Without an understanding of Reformed Doctrine, there would seem to be inconsistent statements in today’s Scripture.

One may have trouble reconciling that Christ was “the Light of men” with “the darkness did not comprehend it”.

One may have trouble reconciling “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” with “the world did not know Him”.

One may have trouble reconciling “those who were His own did not receive Him” with “But as many as received Him”.

One may have trouble reconciling there were “those who believe in His name” with “who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

But, with an understanding of Reformed Doctrine, we understand man’s natural condition to be “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  We are “dead” in sin.  Ephesians 2:1-5.    None of us is righteous, none understands, none of us seeks God, and none does good.  Romans 3:10-18.  We are hostile to God.  Romans 8:7 and Colossians 1:21.  We are in bondage to sin.  Romans 7:14-15.

Thus, we understand through “Total Depravity” that “the darkness did not comprehend it” and “the world did not know Him” and “those who were His own did not receive Him”.

And, with an understanding of Reformed Doctrine, we understand God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”.  Because of man’s natural condition of “Total Depravity”, there is nothing in us that motivates God to choose us for salvation.  God’s election of those He chooses to save is unconditional, namely that there is no condition supplied by man whether it be works or will that motivates God to elect certain individuals for salvation.  “For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.

Thus, we understand through “Unconditional Election” that God saves those “who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

And, with an understanding of Reformed Doctrine, we understand God’s “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”.  God irresistibly draws His elect to Jesus.  “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”  John 6:37.  “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”  John 6:39.

Thus, we understand through “Irresistible Grace”, that for all of God’s elect and for only God’s elect, God “enlightens every man” and God causes them to “believe in His name” and God “gave the right to become children of God”.


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