Grace Baptist Church of Danville
October 16, 2011
The more I hear men say that they don't believe in a new nature given in the new birth and the more I observe “how” they say it, the more I’m afraid that, though they do not disprove it, they prove they have never experienced it.
— Pastor Gary Shepard
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ruth Wall-19th
NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK
Today: Jenny Bartley (AM) Pam Wood (PM) Tuesday: Ruth Wall
A New Creature — Joseph Irons
(Tune: O for a Thousand Tongues — #46 — CM )
1. What mighty acts of God-like power
Are seen in nature’s frame;
Earth’s massy hills, and heav’n’s high tow’r
2. But nobler work demands my praise,
“Where greater power’s display’d;
Jehovah hath, by sov’reign grace,
A new creation made.
3. From Adam’s ruin He selects
The stones which in him fell;
And temples for Himself erects,
In which He deigns to dwell.
4. The work begun He’ll ne’er forsake,
Though earth and hell oppose;
His name and honor are at stake,
To save the ones He chose!
5. This thought shall cheer my darkest hour,
My God will not forsake;
He new creates me by His power,
And He’ll to glory take!
In sanctification, in the new birth, God the Holy Spirit creates a new man within. He makes those who are the recipients of grace to be partakers of the very nature of Christ. He plants within every believer that holy nature which is born of God (2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:6-9). This new nature, this new man, which is begotten of God in us, “created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24), is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
Meetings this Week
I am scheduled to preach tonight for Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, TN. — I am to preach for East Hendersonville Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC, where Bro. Carroll Poole is pastor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. — I will preach in the College Grove Baptist Church Bible Conference, in College Grove, TN, Friday night and Saturday morning. Bro. Chris Cunningham is pastor. — Bros. Frank Hall and Larry Criss will preach the Gospel to you tonight and Tuesday night.
“When Thou shalt make His Soul an Offering for Sin!”
Why did the Lord of glory endure such a horrible, shameful, ignominious death for us upon the cross? The Lord God bruised His Son and put Him to grief upon the cursed tree because He made “His soul an offering for sin.” Christ died as He did, He had to die as He did, so that He might be a suitable Substitute and Sin Offering to God for His people. Here are four reasons for the crucifixion, four reasons why the Lord Jesus Christ died the painful, shameful, ignominious death of the cross.
1. Christ died the death of the cross because He must bear the curse of the law in His death, if He would save us from our sins (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 21:22-23).
2. The Lord Jesus died the horrid death of the cross to fulfill the Old Testament types as our Sin Offering. — Those sacrifices were always lifted up upon an altar before God. The brazen serpent was lifted up on a pole. Even so, God’s great Sin Offering, the true Sin Offering had to be lifted up (Numbers 19:9; John 3:14; 12:32).
3. Our Savior died as He did upon the cursed tree to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies concerning His death (Psalm 22:16-17; Zechariah 12:10).
4. The Lord Jesus endured the death of the cross for us, as our Substitute, that God might be both just and the Justifier of all who trust him (Romans 3:24-26; Psalm 85:10-11; Proverbs 16:7; Isaiah 45:20).
This is the crucial issue of the Gospel. Christ did not die merely as a moral example to display the love of God. The Son of God died because that is the only way God could save chosen sinners. It would not be a display of divine wisdom, but of utter barbarism, if God sacrificed His Son without a necessity!
The fact that our redemption by the blood of Christ is a matter of justice satisfied assures us that all for whom justice has been satisfied are forever freed from the
claims of justice! The law required two goats on the Day of Atonement. The name of the Lord’s goat was Truth. The name of the scapegoat was Mercy. In the redemption of our souls by the blood of Christ, “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”
Today we are told that the sacrificial blood of the Lord Jesus Christ does not, in itself, secure the salvation of anyone, but that it only makes salvation possible for everyone. We are told that the blood of Christ becomes effectually operative by man’s faith, by man deciding to believe on Jesus, by the act of man’s great, imaginary free will. Nonsense! Such doctrine is utter heresy! That is not the teaching of Holy Scripture! The Book of God everywhere asserts that every sinner shall be saved for whom Christ died at Calvary! — The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ shall never be discovered a miscarriage!
Redemption upon the grounds of justice satisfied is of necessity a particular and effectual redemption. Those for whom justice is satisfied cannot be condemned (Galatians 3:13-14; Romans 8:1, 33, 34). The Lord Christ is not our helper. He is our Savior! He is not an accomplice in salvation, but the Accomplisher of salvation! All for whom He died are redeemed, effectually, eternally redeemed! He who entered into heaven with His own blood and sat down because His work was finished obtained eternal redemption for His people (Hebrews 9:12).
Isaiah’s words, “made His soul an offering for sin,” might be translated “made His soul guilt, guiltiness, an offense, a trespass,” or as God the Holy Spirit translates them in 2nd Corinthians 5:21, — “For He hath made Him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
“The transfer of sin to the Savior was real,” Spurgeon wrote, “and produced in Him as man the horror which forbade Him to look into the face of God, bowing Him down with crushing anguish and woe intolerable.”
Why was the Son of God brought to such sorrow and grief? Here is the answer. — “He made him sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him!” Indeed He could never have suffered the painful, shameful, ignominious death of the cross as our Substitute had He not been made sin for us. Justice would never have allowed it (Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 17:15).
The transfer of sin to our blessed Savior was not figurative, but real (1 Peter 2:24). Blessed be His name forever, our penal Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, has fully satisfied His own infinite justice for us, by suffering in our room and stead as One made sin for us, bearing in His own body all the iniquities, transgressions, and sins of all His people! When the Triune Jehovah made His soul an Offering for sin, He put away our sins by the sacrifice of Himself!
The Grace Bulletin
October 16, 2011
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail email@example.com
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.
Television Broadcasts in Harrodsburg
Channel 6 - Sunday Afternoon 3:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Listen to sermons at FreeGraceRadio.com