Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 12, 2019

“So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 7:40-53.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.”  Others were saying, “This is the Christ.”  Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?  Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”  So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.  Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.”  John 7:40-44.


“Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”  But others were saying, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?”  And there was a division among them.”  John 9:16.

Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth?  I tell you, no, but rather division;  for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  Luke 12:51-53.

Other doctrine (which desires and therefore thinks that God loves everybody, Christ died for everyone, and that everyone is equal before God with basic goodness, wisdom, and will) is perplexed by such division.

But, Reformed Doctrine (which summarizes Scripture that God only loves His chosen people, Christ died for only His chosen people, and that only those elect are saved) joyfully receives such division as salvation.   

In the language of the following Canons of Dordt and Scripture, such division rescues us out of “the one common misery” and “this present evil age” and “domain of darkness” of “sin and destruction”.  God has called us “out of darkness into His marvelous light” and “separated” us out of all peoples to be “A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION”.

Article 7.  Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation.

This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than the others, but with them involved in one common misery, God hath decreed to give to Christ, to be saved by him, and effectually to call and draw them to his communion by his Word and Spirit, to bestow upon them true faith, justification and sanctification; and having powerfully preserved them in the fellowship of his Son, finally, to glorify them for the demonstration of his mercy, and for the praise of his glorious grace … FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt. 

“For You have separated them from all the peoples of the earth as Your inheritance, as You spoke through Moses Your servant, when You brought our fathers forth from Egypt, O Lord God.”  1 Kings 8:53.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore.  Amen.”   Galatians 1:3-5.

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14.

“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.


%d bloggers like this: