Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 5, 2019

“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – “and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 13:44-52.

“The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord.  But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.  Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first;  since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.  For so the Lord has commanded us,

‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES,
THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.’”

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord;  and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.  And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.  But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.  But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.  And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 13:44-52.

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Despite the Jews who were contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.  Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and identified themselves as being placed by God “AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES” that they “MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.”

Despite the Jews who were instigating a persecution against Paul and Barnabas which drove them out of the district, Paul and Barnabas continued their mission and “were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”

Other doctrine does not give such boldness, steadfastness, and joy through its focus on man and man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine does give such boldness, steadfastness, and joy through its focus on God and God’s sovereignty.

“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:57-58.

“…  and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”  Verse 48.


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