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16/02/2012 / Test All Things

Reformed?

I have never cared much for the term “reformed.”

First of all, it is not a prominent Bible word, nor is it ever used to refer to God’s elect.

They are not “reformed” but ― reconciled, redeemed and regenerated.

We were dead and God gave us life.

Neither do I wish to be identified too much with the “reformations” of men. Most of them, though “protesting” the Roman Catholic church, came out with far too many of the rags of Rome still clinging to them.

And, I have found that many who claim to be so, also claim to have been saved under a false gospel and later became “reformed,” coming to the doctrines of grace.

God’s work of grace in the salvation of His people is not a redoing of the old, a removal of faults, or an amending of what already is, but a “new creation.”

The need of men in our day is not reform but rebirth!

Christ said, “Ye must be born again,” born from above through that incorruptible seed of the Word of God.

The term also seems to say “I’ve arrived.” But as Paul, “I count not myself to have apprehended…”

Even as one reborn, I stand in daily need of reformation!

By G. Shepard

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