Grace Baptist Church of Danville
August 5, 2012
Christ gives everything, demands everything, and deserves everything. Let me therefore submit everything to His will and devote everything to His service.
· I am scheduled to preach tonight for Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, TN. Bro. Ron Wood will bring the message here tonight.
· Bro. Matt Johnson, pastor of Rocky Ford Baptist Church in Liberty, KY, will be here to preach the Gospel to you on Tuesday night.
· I am scheduled to preach in Boonville, NC for the Sovereign Grace Fellowship Monday-Wednesday. Bro. Linwood Campbell is the pastor.
· On Thursday and Friday, I am scheduled to preach for Covenant of Grace Baptist Church in N. Wilkesboro, NC, where Bro. Mike Walker is pastor.
· We are delighted to welcome Emily Rice into the fellowship of our assembly. Emily confessed faith in Christ in believer’s baptism last Sunday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Anne Kendziora-11th Ben Peterson-11th
Lindsay & Diane Campbell-8th Mark & Sherri Warta-9th Jerry & Marilyn Sadler-10th
May We Receive The Word That’s Sown — Don Fortner
(Tune: # 46 O For A Thousand Tongues -- CM )
1. Father, Your Holy Spirit send
From heaven to this place
To make our hearts and minds attend
The Gospel of Your grace.
2. May we receive the Seed that’s sown
In broken, fertile ground;
Dig deep, break up the fallow ground,
And make Your fruit abound.
3. To seek You, Lord, each heart dispose,
To each Your blessings suit;
And make the Seed Your servant sows
Bring forth the Spirit’s fruit.
4. Bid the refreshing North Wind wake,
Say to the South Wind, “Blow.”
Let every plant of Christ partake
And all Your garden grow.
5. Revive parched ground with heav’nly showers,
The cold with sacred fires;
And as the blessing, Lord, is ours,
Be all the glory Yours.
NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) Stephanie Wall (PM) Tuesday: Debbie Bartley
What did Isaiah see?
God the Holy Spirit tells us in John 12:41 that the revelation given to Isaiah that is recorded in this 6th chapter of his prophecy was a revelation of the glory of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. But what is that? What did Isaiah see, when he saw Christ’s glory?
These verses may have reference to Isaiah and his calling as God’s prophet. God’s servants are all called of God and all are volunteers in the service of Christ, being constrained by His call and His grace (v. 8). God’s servants are all sent men, sent of God to preach the Gospel (v. 9). God’s servants are to some a savor of death unto death (vv. 10-12), and to others a savor of life unto life (v. 13).
Christ our Surety
But Isaiah 8:6 begins with the words, “Also I heard,” as if to indicate a change. It seems to me that this last section of the chapter refers not to God’s servants (Gospel preachers), but to God’s righteous Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the first seven verses of the chapter Isaiah tells us what he had seen and heard in a special relation to himself. Here he tells us what he was witness to regarding the accomplishment of our blessed Savior as the Surety of the covenant and the fulfilment of God’s everlasting purpose of grace in Him. The Lord God favored His prophet with a clear revelation of His covenant mercy and “the covenant of peace” held between the Persons of the eternal God (Zechariah 6:13; Psalm 40:7-10; Isaiah 50:6-9) before the world began.
The terms and conditions of redemption were proposed: — Mercy and truth must meet. Righteousness and peace must kiss each other. Righteousness must be established for the chosen by the obedience of a man
of infinite worth. Justice must be satisfied by a man who is God being made sin and punished for all the sins of God’s elect, fully punished, that the holy Lord God might be “a just God and a Savior” (Isaiah 8:20). When those terms and conditions of redemption were proposed, Isaiah heard the triune God say, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then he saw our Divine Surety, the Son of God, step forward for us and say, “Here am I, send Me!”
In verses 9-12, Isaiah, as if struck with what he had seen and heard, raises a question: “How long shall Satan, the enemy of our souls triumph? How long shall fallen man remain under the influence of that wicked one? How long shall Satan work havoc in God’s creation?” Hear what the Lord’s answer is in verse 13.
“But yet in it [shall be] a tenth, and [it] shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance [is] in them, when they cast [their leaves: so] the holy seed [shall be] the substance thereof.”
O for grace to bless the eternal Spirit for such a revelation! Now we see why it is that God preserves fallen humanity. There is one that stands by and looks on, and while to our eye there is nothing to be seen. As we see things, the whole race is like the withered, blighted branch of the vine; everything is hopeless, and dead, and lifeless. Yet, there is in it “a tenth,” “the holy seed,” God’s elect, who must and shall be saved. Therefore, the Lord Jesus says, “Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it” (Isaiah 65:8). Because He is longsuffering toward His chosen, an elect remnant, “the holy seed,” who must be saved, the Lord God spares the world (2 Peter 3:9). The purpose of God shall be accomplished. Christ will save His people (Romans 8:28-30). That is what Isaiah saw, when he saw Christ’s glory.
Christ Made Sin
“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.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
John Trapp commenting on Psalm 40:12 wrote that our Lord Jesus Christ was “maximus peccatorum, the greatest of sinners by imputation (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:6), for our sins (which here He calleth His) He suffered. And here His bitter agony in the garden is graphically described. Neither is it absurd to say, that as He bore our sins in His own body upon the tree, He was first redeemed by Himself, and afterwards we.”
Martin Luther said essentially the same thing. — “Christ took our flesh upon Him, that He might take our sins upon Him. He was, maximus peccator, the greatest sinner, having the weight of the sins of [God’s elect throughout] the whole world lying upon Him. He took our flesh that He might take our sins, and so appease God’s wrath.”
So obvious and blessed is this revelation of the Gospel that saved sinners throughout the world and throughout the ages rejoice to know it, rest in it, and proclaim it. None can understand it or explain it; but all give thanks for it.
The Grace Bulletin
August 5, 2012
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