Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 14, 2008
When Satan accuses me and my conscience is compelled to agree with Satan’s accusation, I wrap myself up in the righteousness of Christ and stretch myself upon the bed of God’s free grace in him.
Daily Readings for the Week of September 14-21
· I am scheduled to preach Thursday and Friday night and Saturday morning for the Kingsport Sovereign Grace Ministry, 443 East Sullivan St. in Kingsport, Tennessee. Contact: Anthony Moody Telephone: 423-288-6045 — Email: email@example.com
· Our friends at Ashland Grace Church, where Bro. John Chapman is pastor, have purchased a new building and property on Hurricane Road in Ashland. The church has changed its name to Hurricane Road Grace Church. We are thankful for this provision and rejoice with our friends in the Lord’s manifest goodness upon them.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Schell Plouche-18th Regina Henson-20th
NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) Ruth Wall (PM) Tuesday: Celeste Peterson
Death by Adam and Life by Christ — Don Fortner
(Tune: Immortal, Invisible #34 — 11.11D)
1. In Adam, our father, we all went astray.
Our race, in him sinning, all died in one day.
His sin was imputed to all of his sons.
His sin is imparted to us ev’ryone.
2. We all were born sinners and going astray,
Our hearts and wills darkened, each choosing his way.
But our way is ever astray from our God.
We would not seek Jesus, nor His cleansing blood.
3. God made His Son Jesus to be sin for us.
And by His obedience He made us righteous.
Oh, infinite mercy! God found out a way
To justify sinners, and did it that day.
4. By Adam’s transgression we all died in sin.
By Jesus’ obedience we now live again.
His work is imputed to all who believe.
His nature imparted, in Jesus we live!
Imparted Righteousness Just as Necessary
As Imputed Righteousness
Ephesians 4:24 and Hebrews 12:14
In Hebrews 12:14 the Spirit of God tells us that there is a “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” In Ephesians 4:24 he declares that all who are born of God are born new creatures in Christ Jesus, “created in righteousness and true holiness.” That holiness without which none can enter into heaven is the righteousness of God imparted to the heaven-born soul in regeneration, the divine nature of which we are partakers by grace (2 Peter 2:4). This is the experience of the new birth; and it is just as necessary to the salvation of our souls as the righteousness of Christ imparted to us in justification.
Without question, the new birth is the certain result of our Savior’s accomplishments in his death as our Substitute; but if we have no living, vital union with Christ, his mediatorial accomplishments at Calvary cannot effect our deliverance from the wrath to come.
Born of the Spirit
Though the obedience of Christ unto death met all the claims of the law and satisfied divine justice for all the chosen seed, that obedience does not impart to the redeemed a qualification for the enjoyment of heaven. For that we must be born again. — “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:5-6).
Here we are presented with two distinct births from two distinct elements, necessarily producing two distinct beings. The flesh produces beings incapable of entering into the kingdom of God. The flesh cannot enter into, understand, or enjoy that which is spiritual, let alone that which is heavenly. As one old writer put it, “If the unregenerate man could enter heaven, he would be so unhappy in heaven that he would ask God to let him run down to hell for shelter.”
But the Spirit produces beings capable of entering into the kingdom of God, capable of entering, understanding and enjoying that which is spiritual, making all who are born of the Spirit “meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12). By the new birth, being given faith in Christ, God’s elect are brought into an open and manifest union with Christ; but our experience of it is not the beginning of this union.
An Everlasting Union
The believer’s vital union with Christ the Mediator is an everlasting union of grace. This union between Christ and our souls “is the nearest, dearest, closest, most intense and most enduring relationship that can be imagined,” said Spurgeon. We live because Christ lives, and our lives are hid with Christ in God. This is a relationship that is closer than that of a husband and wife, or children and their parents.
This union of Christ and his people is one of the greatest mysteries revealed in the Book of God. — “We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” (Ephesians 5:30). We are members of Christ. We form his mystical body. This is the closest relationship imaginable. It is such a close relationship, such a close union, that the Lord Jesus Christ would be as incomplete without us as we would be without him (Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 2:9-10). We are identified with him; and he is identified with us. He has made us essential to himself, just as he has made himself essential to us! He is the head of the body and we are the members of that body. That is a truly vital union! — “We are members of his body.”
Partakers of Christ
As Eve derived her life from Adam (Genesis 2:18-25), so we derive our life from Christ. As Eve was made partaker of Adam’s nature, so we are made partakers of Christ’s nature. As Eve’s life was but an extension of Adam’s life, so our life is but an extension of Christ’s life. He is eternal life; and we have eternal life by the gift of God. That eternal life is “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27). We are partakers his life. Our spiritual life proceeds from and is sustained by Christ. It is the source of our present spiritual life, and of our eternal life in glory with Christ.
Let us never diminish one aspect of our Savior’s work to make another appear more glorious. All that Christ is made to us and all that he does for us is vital. We cannot be saved without his work for us; and we cannot be saved without his work in us. Both are vital.
Astonishing but Real
There are three great mystical unions revealed in Holy Scripture. The union of the three persons of the Godhead, being one God, is the doctrine of the Trinity (1 John 5:7). The Scriptures also reveal the union of divinity and humanity in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. — “The Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). And the Book of God reveals this vital union of God’s elect with Christ. Nothing can be more astonishing; but nothing is more real than our union with Christ.
Believer, try to grasp the reality of this union of you and your Savior. — You are one with the Christ of God! You were “buried with him in baptism into death,” wherein also you have risen with him. You were crucified with him upon the cursed tree. You have gone up into heaven with him. God has raised us up together, and made us to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. You are one with Christ! I am one with Christ!
Be astonished, O my soul! Being one with him, the lord Jesus himself assures us that the Lord God our Father loves us as he loves him! He loves me to the same degree, with the same love, and for the same reason he loves his Son as my Mediator. He loves me and his Son with an everlasting love (John 17:23).
Since we are members of his body, he will one day present us to himself without spot or wrinkle or blemish. We will be perfect even as he is perfect. We will enter into the eternal joy in the Lord. We are joint heirs with Christ; therefore whatever he has we shall have.
September 14, 2008
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service
Television Broadcasts in Danville
Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 8:00 A.M.
Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.
Listen to sermons at FreeGraceRadio.com