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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 7, 2014
One of the most loathsome sights in the world is a self-serving preacher.
· Bro. Frank Hall is preaching today for Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in New Caney, Texas.
· Thank You! — I appreciate, more than words can express, you who faithfully serve our blessed Savior and his cause with me. Your faithfulness, ready and willing service, and generosity do not go unnoticed. And special thanks is due to you who did so much and gave so much to meet all the needs for our conference. May God be pleased to bless our labors for much good to many, for Christ’s sake.
Happy Birthday! Klaus Peterson-8th Evelyn Clark-10th Jamie Abell-12th Jenny Bartley-14th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Celeste Peterson (AM) — Ruth Wall (PM) — Tuesday: Shelby Fortner
Behold Your Servants, Lord — Don Fortner
(Tune: #33 — Stand Up and Bless the Lord — SM)
1. Behold Your servants Lord,
Assembled waiting here;
Your special blessings now outpour,
Your family to cheer.
A precious Christ reveal,
Our fears remove, our faith increase,
And wounded spirits heal.
3. Your hungry children feed;
Your wanderers restore;
Give grace to help in time of need,
From Your exhaustless store.
4. Assist the preacher, Lord,
Salvation to proclaim;
Oh, let us worship You, our God,
And glorify Your name.
“I am so glad the apostle Paul by Divine inspiration wrote, ‘Christ is all and in all.’ For though I am self-righteous, proud, and altogether vanity, by the grace and mercy of God, Jesus Christ is made unto me all I need to stand perfectly holy and righteous before the Divine Justice of God.” — Pastor David Eddmenson
“The Manifold Wisdom of God”
Displayed in the Life and Death of Christ Our Surety
The life of our Lord Jesus Christ in this world reveals the manifold wisdom of God. If the Gospel I preach to you were the invention of men, the Savior would have been born in a palace, raised in royalty, trained with dignity, surrounded by riches, and presented with all the pageantry of one of the devil’s popes. But our Gospel is not of man. This is God’s work! When God’s Son came into the world to redeem and save fallen sinners, he was born in a stable, raised in poverty, and lived in obscurity. When he came to announce his Messiahship and the inauguration of his kingdom, he rode into Jerusalem upon an ass’s colt. He died as a common malefactor. And he was buried in a borrowed tomb. But what is the purpose, meaning, and significance of Christ’s earthly life?
The Lord Jesus lived in this world in perfect submission to and faith in God as a man (Hebrews 2:10-11, 17-18). Our Savior endured all the trials, temptations, and sorrows of manhood in this world, so that he might be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He knows all the emotions of manhood. The only difference between him and us is that he knew no sin. He is holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.
All this he did, not for himself, but for us, as our Representative, to “bring in everlasting righteousness” as a man, as our covenant Surety. Our Savior lived a life of representative obedience to God (Romans 5:19). By his obedience to God he worked out and brought in a perfect righteousness for us, which God imputes to all who believe. Under more severe temptations and conflicts than any of us can ever know (in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, and on the cross) our Mediator was perfectly obedient. He fulfilled and obeyed the ceremonial law. He fulfilled and obeyed the moral law. He even submitted to and obeyed the civil laws of human governments. And we fulfilled all in him. He is “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS;” and all who are God’s elect are “made the righteousness of God in him.”
The sacrificial, sin-atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ is another display of the manifold wisdom of God (Galatians 1:3-5). That is the means, the only means, the only possible means by which the great and holy Lord God could redeem, justify, and save guilty sinners. Nothing but Divine wisdom could have devised such a plan. When it was announced in heaven, the angels must have been paralyzed with astonishment. Nothing in all the world is more astonishing and wonderful.
Christ who is over all, God blessed forever, infinitely and essentially happy, endured the greatest sorrow, suffering, and agony of the universe. The supreme Lord and Judge of the world was arrested, tried, and condemned by maggots. He who is the living God and the Fountain of life was put to death. The Creator of the world was crucified by his own creatures. The God of glory was beaten, spit upon, and mocked by vile men. He who is infinitely good died by indescribable cruelty. The King of heaven was buried in the earth. And this ignominious death was the means of Christ’s greatest honor and glory, for by his death he both glorified God and saved his people.
Be sure you understand what happened at Calvary. Be sure you know the meaning of Christ’s death. The Lord Jesus Christ died by his own voluntary will (John 10:17-18). Our Savior died as the Substitute for his people (Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 10:11, 15). The Son of God died under the penalty of sin for the satisfaction of Divine justice (Isaiah 53:9-10). He died by Divine justice, because when he was made sin for us, he fully deserved to die. And our Redeemer effectually accomplished redemption for his people when he died (Hebrews. 9:12). Justice was satisfied. Sin was put away. Salvation was purchased and obtained for every sinner for whom he died.
The blood of Christ left nothing to chance. When he cried, “It is finished,” all the hosts of God’s elect were forever redeemed, justified, and sanctified!
And the wisdom of God is evident in the glorious exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Redeemer (Philippians 2:9-11). Divine wisdom saw that it was needful and expedient that he who died for us upon the cross should be raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of the majesty on high as the Supreme Governor of the universe.
The exaltation of Christ assures us of the salvation of God’s elect (John 17:2). His exaltation comforts us with the knowledge of his good providence (Romans 8:28-39). It gives us assurance of perpetual pardon and acceptance at the throne of God to know that our Redeemer is our accepted and effectual Advocate in heaven (1 John 2:1-2). Our Savior’s exaltation promises exaltation and glory to every believer (Revelation 3:21), and is the pledge of his final triumph over all his foes. To our great and glorious Christ every knee shall bow! And the assurance of his triumph is the assurance of our triumph over all our foes in him, with him, and by him.
This great Redeemer and the great redemption he has accomplished is the revelation of “the manifold wisdom of God”. And he who is the Wisdom of God is also the Power of God unto salvation to every believer. God help you to trust him!
By means of this great scheme of redemption and grace, God has achieved the highest goal and ambition of his own great heart. ¾ He has given Christ all pre-eminence (Colossians 1:18). Trust him! Adore him! Proclaim him!
Salvation for a guilty race, contrived by wisdom, done by grace;
The gift of God, purchased by blood, gives comfort, while it honors God.
God’s just salvation suits my need, eternal, just, gracious, and free!
Election and redemption bring eternal glory to my King!
Bestowed without money or price, the poor, the vile may now rejoice, —
Pardon, and life, and grace are free, to wretches poor and vile as me!
Salvation! What a joyful sound, the church redeemed and Jesus crowned!
Proclaim it to a fallen race, — Salvation’s free, the gift of grace!
The Grace Bulletin
September 7, 2014
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 7:45 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.