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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
January 15, 2017
ŇIf GodŐs love to Jacob was real literal love, GodŐs hatred to Esau must be real literal hatred.Ó — Robert Haldane
á I am scheduled to preach Wednesday night for Todds Road Grace Church in Lexington, where Bro. Todd Nibert is pastor. Service time is 7:00 PM.
á We will have our quarterly fellowship dinner next Sunday, January 22, after the morning worship service. There will be no evening service on the 22nd.
Happy Birthday! Bernita Singleton-17th Molly McCormack-17th
Nursery Duty This Week
Nicole Abell (AM) — Stephanie Wilkerson (PM) Tuesday: Diane Campbell
Our Refuge is in JacobŐs God — Don Fortner
(Tune: #223 —Arise, My Soul, Arise — 66.66.88)
1. Born of a guilty race, exposed to death and hell,
WeŐre saved by sovŐreign grace, with JacobŐs God to dwell.
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing aloud —
Our Refuge is in JacobŐs God.
2. JehovahŐs covŐnant grace, and JesusŐ wounded side,
Our Rock and Hiding Place is God Who for us died.
Be gone all doubts! Be gone all fear! —
Our Refuge, JacobŐs God, is near!
3. In vain our foes assail. In vain does Satan roar.
They never can prevail. WeŐre safe for evermore!
For JacobŐs God, our Refuge says,
ŇI will be with thee, and will bless!Ó
Pastor Eric Richards
While it is clear in GodŐs Word that salvation is GodŐs work alone, it is also evident that man is responsible for the light that God gives. And the fault of your damnation, if you perish, will be your own obstinate unbelief. You cannot give yourself life and faith in Christ. But you are responsible, while you have light, to believe in the light, in order that you may be a child of light (John 12:36). If God has mercy on you and saves you by his grace, it will be according to his own will through the light of his Word (James 1:18). But if you die and go to hell, it will be the result of your own willful unbelief and rejection of Christ, GodŐs Marvelous Light (Acts 13:38-41). Walk in the light, taking this sure promise of God as your beacon of hope: ŇIncline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of DavidÓ (Isaiah 55:3).
ŇJacob have I Loved, but Esau have I Hated.Ó
We worship God on his throne. ŇThe God of all graceÓ sits upon the throne of absolute sovereignty; and it is Ňthe Throne of GraceÓ (Hebrews 4:16). He gives grace to whom he will and withholds it from whom he will, as it pleases him. He has mercy on whom he will have mercy; and whom he will he hardens. If you would find grace, you must find it there, at the Ňthe Throne of Grace,Ó bowing before the august majesty of the sovereign, eternal God. And that grace comes to sinners through the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Coming to God
If we find grace, if we obtain GodŐs salvation, we will do so only at the Throne of Grace, trusting the Lord Jesus Christ alone. We come to God on his throne, through the merits and mediation of his own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, confessing our sin, abandoning all self-worth and self-righteousness, crying, like the publican, ŇGod be merciful to me, a sinner.Ó — God be propitious to me, the sinner, through the sin-atoning sacrifice of your Son. We come to the sovereign Lord God, crying, like the leper, ŇLord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me whole.Ó Come, oh, come to Christ! — ŇHe is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for themÓ (Hebrews 7:25).
Bow to the Word
As we read the Book of God, we must read it, bowing before our God, bowing before his sovereign throne, bowing to his Word. Are you prepared to do that? Are you prepared to bow to God and bow to his Word? Here, the Lord God speaks, and speaks plainly about his absolute sovereignty in the exercise of his grace. — ŇAs it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.Ó
If you are one of GodŐs elect, you will fight that for just so long. God is going to win. He is going to win. He is going to conquer the proud heart. He is going to break the wild assesŐ colt. He is going to ride you, until he rides you down and breaks you. The sovereign Christ is going to put his yoke on you. He will conquer you, either in grace or in judgment, but heŐs going to conquer you. God is going to have the victory. You will bow to God. You will bow before his throne. The Triune Jehovah is going to magnify and exalt his himself. Christ will be triumphant over you and over me. One way or the other, in grace or in judgment, you will bow at his feet. — ŇJacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.Ó
I do not pretend to understand the great wonders of election, reprobation, and predestination. I donŐt. But I do rejoice in all GodŐs glorious character as God, bow to his Word, and worship him. There are some in this world to whom God is gracious, and some to whom he is not gracious. And I know, because God has stated it plainly, exactly why God loved Jacob and why he hated Esau. — ŇFor he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassionÓ (Romans 9:15).
ŇEsau have I Hated.Ó
My friend, Pastor Bruce Crabtree, wrote, ŇItŐs a very serious matter to think God has the capacity to hate. This is most offensive to some people who could never bring themselves to believe God has such capacity.Ó Offensive as it is to proud, fallen rebels to hear it, it is twice recorded in Holy Scripture, ŇEsau have I hated.Ó
GodŐs hatred was a sovereign hatred. That is obviously the message of Romans 9:13. When the Lord God says, ŇJacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,Ó he is using those twin brothers as an illustration of his great and glorious sovereignty in the salvation of sinners (Romans 9:10-26).
The Spirit of God, using Jacob to represent GodŐs elect and Esau to represent all who perish at last under the wrath of God, teaches us and teaches us plainly, as he does throughout the Word of God, that the difference between GodŐs elect whom he saves by his almighty grace in Christ and the reprobate who never shall be saved is a difference of GodŐs making, and GodŐs making alone (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Peter 2:7-10; Matthew 11:25-30).
Bro. Crabtree also wrote, ŇGodŐs first hating Esau had nothing to do with Esau being a bad person. God simply passed him by in election. God did not put his name in the LambŐs book of life. Determined never to save him. And none of this was because Esau was a bad person. It all happened before Esau had done any evil. God did not love and choose Jacob to salvation because Jacob was a good man, nor did God hate and reject Esau because he was an evil man. So, this love for Jacob and hatred for Esau had only to do with the election of the one and the rejection of the other.Ó GodŐs hatred of Esau, like his love for Jacob, was altogether a matter of divine sovereignty. — ŇHe will have mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardenethÓ (Romans 9:18).
GodŐs sovereign, eternal hatred of Esau was a negation of benevolence, a resolution and determination not to have mercy on him, not to give him grace and life eternal in Christ, a determination to leave him alone. — All it takes for you to go to hell is for God to leave you alone! All it takes for you to go to hell is for God to leave you alone! Well might we cryÉ
ŇPass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by!Ó
God passed by Esau, giving him no consideration. His only consideration was for Jacob. God loved Jacob. He considered Jacob. He chose Jacob. The only cause was in himself. The cause was the sovereignty and freedom of GodŐs eternal will.
The Grace Bulletin
January 15, 2017
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — 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