Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 17, 2019

“Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, … Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 13:18-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“I do not speak of all of you.  I know the ones I have chosen;  but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.’  From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He.  …

When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.”  John 13:18-19 and 21.

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“Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.”  John 14:29.

“Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;  and that believing you may have life in His name.”  John 20:30-31.

God is almighty, all knowing, and does not lie, and so we can trust the promises of God. 

“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.

In other words, from the beginning, God declared what the ending would be. 

God “… chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.”   Ephesians 1:4.   And, from the beginning, God chose the means (Christ and His sacrificial death) by which He would accomplish his purpose.

“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 3:11.

“…  His works were finished from the foundation of the world.”  Hebrews 4:3.

“For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”  And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.  In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 6:13-19.


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