Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 22, 2020

“God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”

Today’s devotion comes from Romans 4:16-17.

“For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”  Romans 4:16-17.


“‘Ah Lord GOD!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too difficult for You,”  Jeremiah 32:17.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:11.

Other doctrine has faith in its own faith, so to speak.  Other doctrine is focused on its own wisdom and its own alleged free-will and how it can “drum up” its own faith.

But, Reformed Doctrine shows how great God is through Scripture and Reformed creeds.  Reformed Doctrine is focused on God and what God has done, trusting God to provide everything needed for salvation, including even trusting to God to provide faith.

Today’s Scripture shows that Abraham heard the promise of God and believed God, “even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”  Verse 17.


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