Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 14, 2019

“God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 16:1-10.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;  and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them;  and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.  A vision appeared to Paul in the night:  a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”  Acts 16:6-10.

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The Holy Spirit guided Paul and those who accompanied him, closing some doors and opening the door to preach the gospel to Macedonia.

We do not know why the Holy Spirit forbade them to speak the word in Asia nor permitted them to go into Bithynia.  We do not know why God called them to preach the gospel to Macedonia.

Likewise, more generally, we do not know why God elects certain individuals to salvation who are no more worthy of salvation than other ones.

Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt in FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination.

Article 14.  As the doctrine of divine election by the most wise counsel of God, was declared by the prophets, by Christ himself, and by the apostles, and is clearly revealed in the Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testament, so it is still to be published in due time and place in the Church of God, for which it was peculiarly designed, provided it be done with reverence, in the spirit of discretion and piety, for the glory of God’s most holy name, and for enlivening and comforting his people, without vainly attempting to investigate the secret ways of the Most High.

Instead of vainly attempting to investigate the secret ways of the Most High, we follow Paul’s example.  We trust the Holy Spirit and follow the Spirit’s guidance.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;  and He will disclose to you what is to come.”  John 16:13.


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