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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
January 11, 2015
Godliness is inward, not outward. Anything an unregenerate person can do to show is godliness is not godliness, but only an outward show of godliness.
Allen Kibby-13th Molly McCormack-17th Cody Groover-18th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Nicole Abell (AM) — Stephanie Wall PM) — Tuesday: Ruth Wall
Precious to Christ — Don Fortner
(Tune: #46 — O for a Thousand Tongues — CM)
1. Behold, Jehovah’s cov’nant love,
Its height, and length, and breadth,
And depth unknown, (Amazing love!)
He proves in life and death.
2. Elect and precious in His sight,
Before all worlds we stood;
One with our Savior, His delight,
And bought with precious blood.
3. God’s saints are precious while they live,
And precious when they die;
So precious, that to them He’ll give
Those precious crowns on high.
4. So precious that His grace and power
Work all things for their good;
So precious at their dying hour,
He’ll bring us home to God!
5. So precious, that He has engraved
Their names upon His hand;
So precious that all must be saved,
And in His presence stand.
6. Hear, O my soul, your Savior’s oath,
Be still, while Jordan parts: —
For all His saints, in life and death,
Are precious to His heart!
“The Manifold Wisdom of God”
“Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
We have seen “the manifold wisdom of God” in the accomplishment of redemption by Christ alone, the revelation of his glory in redemption, God’s wise provisions of grace, the angelic interest in redemption, our God’s overruling evil and sin for the good of his people, and his use and overthrow of Satan. Now, let’s see what the Scriptures teach us about God’s great wisdom in the exercise of his grace abounding over sin in the salvation of our souls by Christ Jesus our Lord.
“The law” mentioned in verse 20 refers specifically to the moral law, the Ten Commandments, God gave to Israel at Mount Sinai. That law intervened between Adam’s sin and Christ’s sacrifice. And the law of God enters into the conscience of a sinner under Holy Spirit conviction, exposing our sins to us. This is what Paul means when he says, “I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died” (Romans 7:9). By the entrance of the law into a person’s conscience, the offence, sin, abounds. The law of God discovers and exposes my sin to me, takes away all excuses for sin, and leaves me speechless (Romans 3:19). And, at the same time, it stirs up and aggravates sin in the rebel’s heart.
Paul asserts, over and over and over again, the utter impossibility of justification by the law. The law of God can do nothing but expose sin, identify sin, and work condemnation in us because of sin.
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” — The law exposes sin. Grace removes sin. The law condemns. Grace removes condemnation. The law renders us guilty. Grace removes our guilt.
As sin abounded in human nature, grace has much more abounded in that same nature, when the Son of God assumed human flesh and appeared in our nature “full of grace and truth.” Sin abounded in Adam. Grace much more abounded in Christ, the last Adam.
Sin has abounded in all the powers and faculties of the human soul, so that man’s understanding, his will, and his affections are under the dominion of sin. But in regeneration the grace of God much more abounds, enlightening the mind, subduing the will, and turning our hearts to God in faith and love.
Sin abounded in the world. But now the gospel of the grace of God, being preached in all the world, grace much more abounds in turning men and women from their idols and their sins to serve the true and living God. And where sin has abounded in particular people, grace has much more abounded.
In verse 21 Paul shows us the reason for God’s superabundance of grace over sin. — “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Sin is a monarch, with absolute power and dominion, reigning over all men and women by nature. Its dominion is universal and complete. All Adam’s race is under the dominion of sin. And sin’s dominion over man is so thorough that it reigns even over man’s will, making all men its voluntary servants. But the reign of sin is unto death. — “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” spiritual death, physical death, and eternal death. Death is the fruit and result of sin. — “The wages of sin is death.” But grace is triumphant over sin!
“Even so” in just the same manner God has determined that “grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Grace too is a monarch, reigning with super abundant power and dominion. Grace, as it is in the heart of God toward his elect, reigns in the salvation of his people and reigns over all the world to accomplish our salvation. The throne from which God rules the universe is “the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16).
Grace reigns through righteousness. God will not exercise grace at the expense of his righteousness. The grace of God reigns in perfect harmony with righteousness, justice, and truth “unto eternal life.” Eternal life is what grace has promised to and prepared for God’s elect. Grace makes us worthy of eternal life, and freely bestows eternal life upon us in a perfectly righteous way “by Jesus Christ our Lord,” by the merits of Christ’s righteousness and blood atonement as our Substitute.
The superabundance of God’s grace over man’s sin is another revelation of “the manifold wisdom of God” as it is set forth in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks be unto God, our God, the triune Jehovah, forever, for his triumphant grace in Christ Jesus! — “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!”
Christ Made Sin by a Union
Pastor Eric Richards
Was the spotless Son of God truly and mysteriously made to be sin for his people? Was he made to be that which God abhors and despises; a curse, a vile and offensive mass of iniquity and sin? How could that be? Only when we understand the mysterious and wondrous union of grace God has made, between his darling Son and vile wretches like us, will we fully comprehend this great mystery. It goes far beyond our understanding of things outside of Heaven. We may attempt to splash around in the shallow end of this subject, but this mystery goes beyond the intellect. It’s certainly more than a mere legal matter, because marriage is far more than obtaining a license. One look into his face, when faith becomes sight, will reveal the depth of his love and the full reality of our union. He united himself to me and took my poverty that I should have his riches forever! What will be the full experience of this blessed truth (1 John. 3:2)?
The Grace Bulletin
January 11, 2015
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
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Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 7:45 A.M.
Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.
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