Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 13, 2019

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 8:1-11.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they *said to Him (Jesus), “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women;  what then do You say?”  They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.  But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.  But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.  When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.  Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they?  Did no one condemn you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either.  Go.  From now on sin no more.”]”  John 8:3-11.

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Other doctrine teaches that God does His part for salvation and we do our part.  

For example, other doctrine teaches that verse 11 in today’s Scripture means that Jesus does His part in not condemning us and we do our part in sinning no more.  

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God does all that is needed for salvation from beginning to end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt. 

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3:17.

Notice that the foregoing John 3:17 verse does not end God’s part in salvation by the first part:  “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world”.

There is a second part which continues God’s work in salvation:  “that the world might be saved through Him.”

When Jesus commanded the woman to sin no more, He did not leave the woman alone so that whether or not she sinned any more was dependent on her own willpower.

Rather, when Jesus commanded the woman to sin more, the command (“sin no more”) came with power and spirit as part of God’s work to accomplish that she did not sin any more:  “for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction;  just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”  1 Thessalonians 1:5.

It is the Spirit who gives life;  the flesh profits nothing;  the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”  John 6:63.

Consider what the Canons of Dordt states.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints.

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.  To Him be dominion forever and ever.  Amen.”  1 Peter 5:10.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.


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