Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 31, 2019

“you who fear God, listen: The God of this people Israel chose our fathers” – “consider what He has done.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 13:16-25.

“Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said,

“Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:  The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it.  For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness.  When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance—all of which took about four hundred and fifty years.  After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.  Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.  After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID THE SON OF JESSE, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.’  From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.  And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am?  I am not He.  But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’”   Acts 13:16-25.

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Listen to the works of God.

Listen to the first work of God.  God chose His people for whom He did all these good works.

Other doctrine listens to the works of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine listens to the works of God.

Other doctrine bristles and rebels against God’s choice a/k/a God’s election a/k/a God’s predestination.

But, Reformed Doctrine calls God’s election “the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself”.  Article 9 of FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:29-30.

“9 Then all men will fear,
And they will declare the work of God,
And will consider what He has done.
10 The righteous man will be glad in the LORD and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.”  Psalm 64:9-10.


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