March 13, 2005


Accepted in the Beloved! — What a sweet, soul-cheering declaration of grace. Though I am in and of myself nothing but sin, I am accepted in Christ. — Accepted in Christ before the world was made! — Accepted in Christ, though fallen in Adam! — Accepted in Christ before ever I heard his voice! — Accepted in Christ when he called me by his grace! — Accepted in Christ though often in darkness because of my own sin and unbelief! — Accepted in Christ immutably and forever!


Daily Readings for the Week of March 13-20

                Sunday                    Joshua 21-22                                                                           Thursday                Judges 8-9

                Monday                  Joshua 23-Judges 1                                                 Friday                     Judges 10-12

                Tuesday                  Judges 2-4                                                                               Saturday                  Judges 13-15

                Wednesday             Judges 5-7                                                                               Sunday                    Judges 16-18


·         We extend our sincere sympathy to Vicci Rolley and her family in the recent death of her father and our beloved friend, Bro. James Meadows.

·         I am preaching today for Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Jackson, MO, where Bro. Drew Dietz is pastor. Bros. Ron Wood and Larry Criss will preach the gospel to you today.

·         Bro. Henry Mahan is scheduled to preach for us April 8-10.

·         Missionary Offering next week



Today: Regina Henson (AM) Pam Wood (PM)          Tuesday: Debbie Bartley


I’m Accepted! I’m Accepted Don Fortner

(Tune: #61 — O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus — 87.87D)


  1. I’m accepted! I’m accepted! I’m accepted in God’s Son!

Justified, pardoned, accepted — Holy as the Holy One!

Blest of God with every blessing, long before the world began!

Loved of God and one with Jesus, who can charge my soul with sin?


  1. Heir of God, joint-heir with Jesus, heaven’s gates I’ll enter in!

Face to face, I’ll see my Savior, He Who put away my sin!

Lamb of God, eternal Savior, I will ever praise Your name!

Worthy, worthy, worthy ever is the Lamb for sinners slain!


  1. See Him yonder, high exalted, King and Priest upon His throne!

Reign, almighty King, forever! Everywhere, Your will be done.

When is finished all the purpose of our God, the Three-in-One,

All Your saints will bow before You, casting at Your feet their crowns.



The Blood of a Substitute

Pastor Peter Barnes


Robert Funk, the founder of the pretentious Jesus Seminar conferences, has asserted: “The doctrine of the atonement - the claim that God killed his own son in order to satisfy his thirst for satisfaction - is subrational and subethical. This monstrous doctrine is the stepchild of a primitive sacrificial system in which the gods had to be appeased by offering them some special gift, such as a child or an animal.” At least one is left in no confusion as to what Funk thinks on the matter!

        Funk's moral outrage, however, is an all-out attack on the central biblical doctrine of substitutionary atonement. Back in the Garden, Adam was told that in the day that he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would surely die (Gen.2:16-17). From the moment that Adam fell into sin, we have lived with the death penalty hanging over our heads. To sin against God is to be cut off from God - and God is life. That leaves only two options: either we pay that penalty or a substitute does. All through the Old Testament, God prepared His people for the coming of a redeemer who would die for them. The sacrificial system of Leviticus is thus a kind of shadow that points to a greater reality. The priest was to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, for example, and it was accepted as an atonement for sin (Lev.1:4). On the Day of Atonement, one goat was killed as a sin offering for the people while the other goat (the scapegoat) “carried away” into the desert the sins of Israel (Lev.16:15-22).

        On the cross, Christ became sin (2 Cor.5:21); He was cursed (Gal.3:10). The innocent lamb, without sin, was represented by the cunning serpent, full of sin (John 3:14-15). The righteous one died for the unrighteous ones (1 Pet.3:18). Pure innocence took the place of impure guilt. To Funk, this is subrational, subethical, and monstrous. To the Christian, it is life itself. Paul's testimony is: “May it never be that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal.6:14). John's testimony is that “the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Christ has “freed us from our sins by His blood” (Rev.1:7).

        The book of Hebrews shows how the Old Testament sacrifices point to the New Testament sacrifice. They were repeated but Christ's sacrifice is once for all; they reminded people of sin but Christ's sacrifice actually takes away sin; they were imperfect shadows but Christ's sacrifice is the perfect reality. The Old Testament tells of sinful dying men carrying out sacrifices that could not actually take away sins; the New Testament tells of a perfect Man who offered up the perfect sacrifice of Himself, and so won eternal redemption for His people.

        What does this mean for us? Martin Luther wrote of the “sweet exchange” between Christ and the sinner, and so he advised one anguished soul: “Therefore, my dear brother, learn Christ and Him crucified; learn to pray to Him despairing of yourself, saying, ‘You, Lord Jesus, are my righteousness and I am Your sin; You have taken on Yourself what You were not, and have given to me what I am not.’” Let Funk be offended; the humble poor believe.



Iniquity Laid on Christ — God’s Work Alone

Isaiah 53:6


The Prophet Isaiah clearly declares that the Lord Jesus Christ, our all-glorious Substitute and Savior, was made to bear our sins, not just the consequences of them, but our sins themselves, when he was made an offering for sin. Isaiah 53 (vv. 6, 8-12) clearly and distinctly tells us that he not only bore our sorrows and griefs, the consequences of our sins, but our sins themselves.


        In this portion of Holy Scripture, our Savior is set before us as one “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He was such, not on his own account, but because he is our blessed Substitute. Our transgressions wounded him. Our iniquities bruised him. Yes, by all means, we read, — “Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” But he carried more than our griefs and sorrows. He was made sin for us. In fact, in verse 10 Isaiah uses the same word used in Leviticus 5 when he says, “thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin.” Literally, it means, “Thou shalt make his soul guiltiness”.


        In these solemn transactions our Lord Jesus stood as the great Surety of many. As debts are transferred from the original debtor to the surety, so our sins were transferred from us to our great Surety, our sinless, spotless, holy, harmless, undefiled Redeemer, and were made to be his. He bore them and he bore them (received, accepted, took, and carried them) freely, willingly as our beloved Surety. And as the surety must pay the debt, which by transfer becomes his own, so Christ was stricken and wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and endured all the wrath of God to the full satisfaction of justice to make peace for us!


It was the Lord God himself, and no one else, who laid our iniquities on his darling Son. I cannot lay my debts on another. The debts are not owed to me. The only one who can lay my debts on another is the one to whom the debts are owed. And we cannot lay our sins on Christ. Only the holy Lord God, against whom we have sinned, to whom the debt is owed, can do that.


As none but God the Lord could lay sin upon Christ, so none but he could prepare a body for his darling Son in which to bear our sins. Our Savior said, as he was coming into the world to save his people from their sins, “a body hast thou prepared me” (Heb. 10:5). His was not merely the body of a man, but a divinely prepared body, steeled, supported and upheld by the eternal God specifically for this purpose, that he might do the will of the triune God, by which all his chosen are redeemed, sanctified, and made perfect (Heb.10:10-14).


How we ought to admire and stand in grateful awe before the boundless love of the triune God for us, who “hath laid on him the iniquity of us all!” God the Father loved us, and gave his Son to be our Sin-bearer. God the Spirit loved us, and prepared a body in which the Son could and did bear our sins. God the Son loved us, and “bear our sins in his own body on the tree.