Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 19, 2019

“God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 23:12-35.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“And he (Claudius Lysias, the Roman commander) called to him two of the centurions and said, “Get two hundred soldiers ready by the third hour of the night to proceed to Caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen.”  They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor.  And he wrote a letter having this form:

“Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix, greetings.

“When this man was arrested by the Jews and was about to be slain by them, I came up to them with the troops and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman.  “And wanting to ascertain the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their Council;  and I found him to be accused over questions about their Law, but under no accusation deserving death or imprisonment.

“When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, also instructing his accusers to bring charges against him before you.”  Acts 23:23-30.


Other doctrine credits man for deliverance.

But, Reformed Doctrine credits God for deliverance.

“God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”  Psalm 68:20.

“‘See now that I, I am He,
And there is no god besides Me;
It is I who put to death and give life.
I have wounded and it is I who heal,
And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.”  Deuteronomy 32:39.

“11 “I, even I, am the LORD,
And there is no savior besides Me.
12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,
“And I am God.
13 “Even from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?”  Isaiah 43:11-13.

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom;  to Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  2 Timothy 4:18.


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