Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 17, 2019

“O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:44-48.

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.  All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.  For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.  Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”  And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.”  Acts 10:44-48.

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How did all the circumcised believers who came with Peter know that the the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also?

“For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.”  Verse 46.

Specifically, the purpose of this devotion is NOT to discuss speaking with tongues.  More generally, the purpose of this daily devotions is not to give an opinion on every subject.  There are other Reformed preachers and teachers who can do so.

The reader should be reminded about what I wrote in the “About Me” section of my web site Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions – http://www.reformeddoctrine.com“On a personal note, I am an attorney, married with three sons.  Although I do my best to present true teachings, these are my teachings as a layman.  (I am an attorney, not a minister).  And, although I have been taught by and otherwise influenced by certain Reformed denominations through the years from a very early age to date, my teachings are not necessarily the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church, Presbyterian churches, the Protestant Reformed Churches, nor any other denomination.  The reader is advised to follow the example set forth in Acts 17:11:  “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

Rather, specifically, the purpose of this devotion is to discuss the evidence of the Holy Spirit exhibited by the Gentiles, namely that they were “exalting God”.

Other doctrine exalts man and his alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine exalts God.

“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”  2 Samuel 22:47 and Psalm 18:46.

“O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.”  Psalm 34:3.

“Exalt the LORD our God
And worship at His holy hill,
For holy is the LORD our God.”  Psalm 99:9.

“O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”  Isaiah 25:1.

“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.


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