Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 23, 2019

“This is the gate of the LORD” – “You have become my salvation.” – “I shall give thanks to the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 12:7-10.

“And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell;  and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.”  And his chains fell off his hands.  And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.”  And he did so.  And he *said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”  And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.  When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself;  and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.”  Acts 12:7-10.

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We commonly talk about God opening a door of opportunity for us.

Other doctrine gives credit to both God and man.  God gets credit for opening the door of opportunity, but man gets credit for being wise enough to see that it is good to walk through it, using his alleged free-will to walk through it, and having the skill to walk through it.

But, we notice from today’s Scripture that the angel woke Peter (representative of God making us alive after we were dead in sin).  The chains fell off Peter (representative of us being set free from sin).  The angel gave specific directions to Peter about putting on his sandals and his cloak like a parent would to a small child (representative that we should not trust our own wisdom).  Peter did not walk out side by side with the angel, but rather, the angel said to Peter:  “follow me” and Peter followed the angel.  Peter did not ask for the gate to open.  The gate opened for them by itself.  In summary, Peter did not give any credit to himself;  Peter only gave credit to the angel for “what was being done by the angel”.

In sharp contrast with other doctrine, Reformed Doctrine gives credit only to God which is consistent with today’s Scripture.

“20 This is the gate of the LORD;
The righteous will enter through it.
21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.”  Psalm 118:20-21.


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