Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 25, 2019

“Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 12:18-23.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon;  and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country.  On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.  The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”  And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.”  Acts 12:20-23.

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“15 Listen and give heed, do not be haughty,
For the LORD has spoken.
16 Give glory to the LORD your God,
Before He brings darkness
And before your feet stumble
On the dusky mountains,
And while you are hoping for light
He makes it into deep darkness,
And turns it into gloom.”  Jeremiah 13:15-16.

“Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”  Luke 17:18.

“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;  and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come;  worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”  Revelation 14:6-7.

“The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.  Men were scorched with fierce heat;  and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.”  Revelation 16:8-9.

Other doctrine claims to give glory to God, but when we closely examine it, it primarily gives glory to man by preaching and teaching that salvation is ultimately dependent on man and whether or not man provides works or at least alleged free-will choice of Christ.

But, Reformed Doctrine gives glory to God alone through its Five Solas of the Reformation including “Soli Deo Gloria” which means “Glory to God Alone”.

Reformed Doctrine humbles man and also glorifies God alone through its doctrine of salvation:  “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.  Reformed Doctrine humbles man by preaching and teaching “Total Depravity”, that is, man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  Reformed Doctrine glorifies God alone by preaching and teaching that God provides all that we need for salvation from beginning to end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”.  These five points are abbreviated as the “T”, “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”.

God will not share His glory.

“I am the LORD, that is My name;
I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.”  Isaiah 42:8.

“For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;
For how can My name be profaned?
And My glory I will not give to another.”  Isaiah 48:11.

Who gives glory to God as He deserves?!

But, there is hope!

“This will be written for the generation to come,
That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.”  Psalm 102:18.

“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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