July 24, 2005



“If once I catch by the eye of faith this glorious truth, that Jesus Christ is of God made unto me ‘righteousness’ — the moment I see that by the eye of faith, a measure of imparted righteousness flows into my heart. The soul receives internally what Christ has done externally. In a word, when Christ is received as ‘wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,’ he becomes all these in vital manifestation.”

J. C. Philpot



Daily Readings for the Week of July 24-31

Sunday            Isaiah 42-44                                    Thursday                Isaiah 59-63

        Monday          Isaiah 45-48                                    Friday             Isaiah 64-66

        Tuesday          Isaiah 49-53                                    Saturday          Jeremiah 1-3

        Wednesday     Isaiah 54-58                                    Sunday            Jeremiah 4-5


Almont Bible Conference

First Baptist Church in Almont, Michigan will host its annual sovereign grace Bible Conference this week (Thursday Evening – Sunday Morning). The preachers scheduled to speak are: Donnie Bell, Tim James, Jean-Claude Souillot, and Don Fortner. For more information contact Pastor Jim Byrd. Telephone (810) 798-8888 — Email jimfbyrd@eesc.com




Today: Regina Henson (AM) Laura Peterson (PM)         Tuesday: Debbie Bartley


May The Grace of Christ Our SaviorJohn Newton

(Tune: #17 — Come, Thou Fount — 87.87)


May the grace of Christ, our Savior,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favor,

Rest upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,

And possess in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.


“If God hides our sin or lessens it, He is faulty; if He leaves it still upon us, we die. He must then take our iniquity to Himself, make it His own, and so deliver us; for thus having taken the sin upon Himself, as lawfully He may and lovingly He does, it follows that we live if He lives; and who can desire more?”

John Bunyan


Conference Offering Next Week



Our Savior’s Baptism

Matthew 3:13-17


Baptism was not considered a light, insignificant thing by the Son of God. He walked all the way from Nazareth of Galilee to Jerusalem to be baptized by John. Why? I can give one very good reason, and only one. He knew it was his Father’s will! It was not convenient; but it was his Father’s will. It might not be understood by his family and friends; but it was his Father’s will. He might be ridiculed as a fanatic; but none of that mattered to him. It was his Father’s will for him to be baptized by John, so he came to John at Jerusalem to be baptized.




His baptism was an act of humility. This is no ordinary man coming to be baptized by John. This Man is the incarnate Son of God, the Lord of glory. He comes to be baptized in that same river that Naaman despised. Not only does he submit to the ordinance, but he comes to John to observe it. He does not call John to come to him.




Our Savior’s baptism was an act of obedience. He came into this world to do his Father’s will; and part of that will was this act by which, at the very outset of his public ministry, he identified himself with God’s prophet, his message, and his people. There are many reasons for the practice of believer’s baptism. It is the answer of a good conscience toward God. It is a picture of the gospel. It identifies us with Christ, his people, and the gospel of his grace. Yet, there is no reason more noble than this - The Lord commands it. Baptism is the believer’s first act of obedience to Christ as his Lord. Nothing is nobler in a servant than implicit obedience to his master.




Our Lord’s baptism was a very meaningful act. Baptism is not an empty, meaningless religious ritual. It is now and as been from its inception a highly symbolic act. Both Matthew and Luke tell us the meaning and significance of baptism. Our Master’s baptism meant exactly the same thing that our baptism means.


Matthew tells us that our Savior insisted on being baptized “to fulfil all righteousness” (3:13-15). Obviously, baptism did not make the Son of God righteous! But it did signify the means by which he must establish and bring in righteousness for his people. As our Substitute, the Lord Jesus brought in and fulfilled all righteousness as Man by his perfect obedience unto death (Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 10:5-14). Having perfectly obeyed the law of God, he was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. When he was made sin for us, he was slaughtered under the fury of God’s unmitigated wrath. When he was slain as our Substitute, he was buried in the earth. After he had been in the earth for three days, to prove that he had indeed fulfilled  all  righteousness  and  had  put away  our  sins,  he was raised from the



dead. That is exactly what was pictured in his baptism; and that is exactly what is pictured in believer’s baptism today (Rom. 6:3-6). Luke records our Lord’s later explanation of his baptism by John to have been an act by which he “justified God” (7:29-30). Again, baptism does nothing to make God just; but it is the symbolic confession that our God is and must be just. His justice must be satisfied; and our Savior, by his baptism, confessed that he would satisfy the justice of God by dying under the wrath of God as our Substitute. We come to the waters of baptism for exactly the same reason — To confess our sins and to confess our faith in him by whose blood God can be both “a just God and a Savior.




Our Lord’s baptism was also an extraordinarily honorable act. It was an act by which he was publicly owned to be the Son of God, in whom God the Father is well pleased. At his baptism, God the Father publicly announced his full, complete acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice as our Mediator, Surety, and Substitute. There is a great wealth of spiritual instruction in these words — “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The text does not say, “with whom,” but “in whom I am well pleased.” That means that the Father is well pleased with all his people in his Son, by virtue of his obedience unto death, by virtue of his sin atoning sacrifice.


“With His spotless garments on, I am as holy as God’s Son!’


        Let every believer find comfort and assurance here. God looks on us in Christ. Looking on us in Christ, he sees no spot in us (Song 4:7). He beholds us in Christ as being clothed from head to foot with the garments of salvation, his robe of perfect righteousness, invested with his perfect merit, “accepted in the Beloved,” and a people with whom he is well pleased”


        Be sure you get this. — It is at our baptism that believers are honored and publicly owned as the sons of God. Baptism does not make us the sons of God; but in the watery grave of baptism, as we there own our God when we are buried with Christ, so we are owned of God as his sons and daughters in Christ (Gal. 3:27).


Dressing For Worship


I am not about to establish a dress code for our worship services; but I abhor the casual, sometimes immodest, attire that has become common in many places. In the house of God, attending the worship of God in the assembly of his saints, we ought to dress for worship, as people who take the worship of God seriously and come to the house of God respectfully. I know everything today is geared toward casual attire, because everything today is geared toward disrespect and utter disregard for others. Let us, out of reverence for our God, respect for one another, and the honor of the gospel of the grace of God, dress with some dignity when we come to the house of God. Do not over-dress, calling attention to yourself; and do not under-dress, showing a disregard for the worship of God. In the house of God especially, let us all adorn ourselves in “modest apparel.”



Grace Bulletin


July 24, 2005



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Donald S. Fortner, Pastor





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