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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 28, 2014
If there is a sense in which God loves all men, there is a sense in which God’s love is meaningless.
· It is your privilege to have Bro. Frank Tate, pastor of Hurricane Road Grace Church in Ashland, KY to preach the gospel to you today. — I am preaching today for Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, AL, where Bro. Larry Criss is pastor.
· Hurricane Road Grace Church in Ashland, KY will host a Sovereign Grace Bible Conference October 10-12. Bro. Frank Tate is the host pastor.
· The Lord willing, we will have a combined worship service with Rocky Ford Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY on Sunday evening — October 12. The service will begin at 6:00 PM. Bro. Matt Johnson is the host pastor.
Happy Birthday! Darrin Duff-5th
Happy Anniversary: Walter and Betty Groover-19th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) — Vicci Rolley (PM) — Tuesday: Mindy Peterson
Eternal Spirit, Heavenly Wind — Don Fortner
(Tune: #109 — Ride on, Ride on in Majesty -LM)
1. Eternal Spirit, heav’nly Wind,
Breathe on Your slain (These dead in sin!),
Bid the dry scattered bones revive,
And make the dead in sin alive.
2. Behold how cold and dead we lie,
Send quick’ning unction from on high;
The dead in sin can never live,
Till You the breath of life shall give!
3. Like rushing wind Your power controls, —
Your still small voice can comfort souls:
O, breathe upon our souls today,
In grace Your sov’reignty display!
4. Awake, O Wind, and raise the dead!
Bring grace from Christ, our Cov’nant Head,
Refresh the trees of righteousness,
And all God’s saints with comfort bless!
“The Manifold Wisdom of God”
Redemption — The Revelation of God’s Glory
Ephesians 3:10 — Isaiah 43:21
Writing by the inspiration of God the Holy Ghost, the Apostle Paul tells us three times in the opening verses of Ephesians that the whole purpose of God in the covenant of redemption is that we who are redeemed should be to the praise of his glory (vv. 6, 12, 14). The triune Jehovah declares, “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”
Our redemption is the work of God alone. It glorifies all the attributes of God. And our redemption by Christ glorifies all three persons in the holy trinity (Ephesians 1:3-14). Christ is our Redeemer. And, by God’s own will and decree, Christ has all pre-eminence as our Redeemer. But in the work of redemption each of the Divine Persons in the Godhead is distinctly glorified for a specific work.
All three Persons in the Godhead are equally gracious. As the three Persons of the eternal Godhead are equal in Divinity, but distinct in personality, so all three of the Divine Persons are equal in grace, but distinct in the operations of grace.
God the Father
God the Father is set before us as the Fountain of all grace (Ephesians 1:3-6). It was God the Father who, in the covenant of grace, proposed redemption, devised the plan, and chose the people whom he would save by his almighty grace. He found a way whereby his banished ones could be brought back to him and never expelled from his presence. Then, “in the fulness of time,” he sent his Son to be the Medium or Mediator of grace to his chosen (Galatians 4:4-6).
God the Son
God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the channel of all grace (Ephesians 1:7-12). All grace comes to sinners through Christ the Mediator. In this chapter Paul tells us fourteen times that everything God requires of sinners, does for sinners, and gives to sinners is in Christ. Apart from Christ there is no grace! God will not deal with man, but by Christ. Man cannot deal with God, but by Christ. Christ is the Revelation of God, the incarnation of God, and the only way to God.
Are we chosen of God? We are chosen in Christ. Are we blessed of God? We are blessed in Christ. Are we predestinated by God? We are predestinated to be conformed to the image of Christ. Are we adopted as the children of God? We are adopted in Christ. Are we accepted of God? We are accepted in Christ. Are we redeemed by God? We are redeemed in Christ. Are we forgiven by God? We are forgiven in Christ. Are we justified before God? We are justified in Christ. Are we sanctified by God? We are sanctified in Christ. Do we know God? We know him in Christ. Do we have an inheritance from God? We have it in Christ. Are we called of God? We are called in Christ.
Do you see this? All grace comes to chosen sinners through Christ. There is no other way the grace of God can reach a sinner. Let no rejecter of God’s Son imagine that he shall be the beneficiary of God’s grace. It is the work of Christ upon the cross which has brought grace and justice together in the salvation of sinners. It is through his blood, only through the blood of the cross that “mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other” (Psalm 85:10). Blissfully lost in the contemplation of God’s matchless grace in Christ, John Bunyan penned the following rapturous words…
“O Thou Son of the Blessed! Grace stripped Thee of thy glory. Grace brought Thee down from heaven. Grace made Thee bear such burdens of sin, such burdens of curse as are unspeakable. Grace was in Thy heart. Grace came bubbling up from Thy bleeding side. Grace was in Thy tears. Grace was in Thy prayers. Grace streamed from Thy thorn-crowned brow! Grace came forth with the nails that pierced Thee, with the thorns that pricked Thee! Oh, here are unsearchable riches of grace! Grace to make sinners happy! Grace to make angels wonder! Grace to make devils astonished!”
God the Spirit
The Fountain of all grace is God the Father. The medium of all grace is God the Son. And God the Holy Spirit is the Administrator of all grace (Ephesians 1:13-14). It is God the Holy Spirit who effectually applies the blood of Christ to chosen, redeemed sinners. He regenerates the dead by omnipotent power (John 6:63). He calls the redeemed with irresistible grace (Psalms 65:4; 110:3; John 16:8-11). He gives faith to the chosen by almighty operations of grace (Ephesians 2:1-9; Colossians 2:12). He seals God’s elect unto everlasting glory.
Redemption was effectually accomplished for God’s elect by Christ at Calvary; and it is effectually applied to all the redeemed by God the Holy Spirit in effectual calling (Hebrews 9:12-14). Without the sovereign, gracious operations of God the Holy Spirit in conversion, no sinner would ever become the beneficiary of grace. He takes the things of Christ and shows them to his people. He quickens those the Father chose, reclaims those the Son redeemed, and leads to the Good Shepherd everyone of those lost sheep for whom the Good Shepherd laid down his life (John 10:11). — “He conquers the stoutest hearts and cleanses the foulest spiritual leper. He opens the sin-blinded eyes and unstops the sin-closed ears. The blessed Holy Spirit reveals the grace of the Father and applies the grace of the Son” (C.D. Cole)
All three Persons in the Godhead are equally gracious; and all three must be equally praised. In fact, whenever the three Persons of the Holy Trinity are presented together in the Scriptures, it is always in connection with redemption, grace, and salvation. I have not found an exception.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here below!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!”
Here is the wisdom of God and the glory of God — “Christ hath redeemed us!” — “By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us!”
The Grace Bulletin
September 28, 2014
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 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.