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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
May 7, 2017
The justice of God cannot be set aside; but it has been satisfied for the salvation of sinners by Jesus Christ crucified.
Š The Lord willing, we will have our Quarterly Fellowship May 14.
Happy Birthday! Will Hacker-10th Rebecca Singleton-14th
Nursery Duty This Week
Elizabeth Peterson (AM) — Stephanie Wilkerson (PM) Tuesday: Celeste Peterson
Bow to the Scepter of His Love — Don Fortner
(Tune: #355 — From Every Stormy Wind that Blows —LM)
1. Let chosen, ransomed sinners tell
The glories which in Jesus dwell;
His everlasting God-head sing,
And triumph in Him as our King!
2. The heav’nly hosts adore His name,
Who bore His people’s guilt and shame;
All sacred beauties in Him meet,
Come, bow and worship at His feet!
3. He’s lovely in the realms above;
His loveliness believers prove;
He’s lovely both in life and death,
O let His praise employ your breath.
4. He reigns and shall forever reign. —
No more let ransom’d souls complain!
Bow to the scepter of His love;
And soon we’ll reign with Him above!
Discovering Christ in the Book of Acts
GO Publications has just released Pastor Fortner’s commentary on the Book of Acts, Discovering Christ in the Book of Acts. This is a reprint of Life After Pentecost – A Guide to the Acts of the Apostles, originally published by Evangelical Press in 1995. It is available in hardback directly from the publisher or at any bookstore. If you wish to obtain a copy from our offices, we keep all of Pastor Fortner’s books on hand and make them available to you at our cost from the publishers. — Discovering Christ in the Book of Acts is $35.00 plus postage.
The Token of the Blood
The Word of God has a scarlet thread running through it, like the cord Rahab hung out of her window. That scarlet thread, by which these 66 books is bound together, which unifies everything written upon the pages of Inspiration, is the blood, the precious blood of Christ.
The Blood and The Scriptures speak constantly about the blood. It is written in the books of the law, “The life of the flesh is in the blood.” God told Moses, “The blood shall be to you for a token.” He said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” When the high priest went into the holy of holies on the Day of Atonement, he went in with blood. No man can come to God without blood atonement. When our Lord instituted the Lord’s Supper, he took the cup of wine, held it before his disciples and said, “This is the blood of the New Testament, shed for many for the remission of sins.” In Hebrews 9:22, we read, “Without shedding of blood is no remission.” That makes the blood a matter of infinitely immense importance.
These days, it is common for preachers, churches, theologians, and hymn writers to say as little as possible about the blood. We have become so educated, refined, and sophisticated that talking about blood is considered improper, unsophisticated, and rude. But it is still true that “without shedding of blood is no remission.” The whole of God’s revelation of himself, the whole of the gospel, the whole of salvation is wrapped up the blood, the precious, sin-atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:12; 1 Peter 18-21). The shedding of Christ’s precious blood was and is absolutely essential to the saving of our souls. — Let us ever cherish the blood of Christ as that which is precious above all things.
The blood sprinkled upon the doorposts and lentil, portraying the blood of Christ sprinkled upon our hearts by the saving operations of God the Holy Ghost, was to the children of Israel a token. A token is a sign or a banner of something. And the blood of Christ sprinkled upon our hearts by the Spirit of God is God’s token within by which every believing sinner is assured of…
When the Lord God comes in judgment, in providential judgment to any nation, any house, or any age, or when he comes in the final judgment of that great day when the elements be on fire shall melt with a fervent heat, God’s elect are safe. He has promised, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you!”
Spilt, Sprinkled, Seen
The blood of the lamb had to be spilt by the head of each family in Israel, sprinkled by him upon the doorposts and lentil of his house, and it had to be seen. Without these three things, Israel could not be saved. So it is with the Israel of God.
The blood had to be spilt, violently spilt, spilt by God himself, the Head of the family. The blood spilt is our salvation and safety. God’s people are safe because, only because they are “under the blood.” Our salvation, our safety, our security is in the blood, only in the blood of Christ, the blood spilt by the hand of divine justice at Calvary. The blood of the Lamb had to be spilt, violently spilt, or we could never be saved.
Why? Why did the Son of God suffer such a death? Why did God so torment his beloved Son and kill him in such a horribly ignominious way? The justice of God had to be satisfied. There was no necessity for God to save anyone. Salvation is altogether the free gift of his grace. But, having determined to save his elect from the ruins of fallen humanity, the only way God could save his people and forgive their sins was by the death of Christ. — “Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). The justice of God had to be satisfied in order for God to save his people; and the only thing that could ever satisfy the justice of God is the blood of Christ. The blood must be spilt, or sinners cannot be saved.
And the blood spilt must be sprinkled (Exodus 12:7). As it was spilt by God, only God can sprinkle the blood upon his people. Our Redeemer’s precious blood must be applied as well as shed. It had to be sprinkled in heaven, accepted by God; and it must be sprinkled upon, personally applied to, each ransomed soul (Hebrews 9:19-20; 12:24).
When the Holy Ghost, whose office it is to take of the things of Christ and show them to his people, gives the heaven-born soul faith in Christ, he sprinkles the conscience from dead works and declares justification in the soul. So that every sinner, taught of God, has the testimony from God himself that Enoch had, “that he pleases God” (Hebrews 9:12-14; 11:5-6).
The blood by which we are redeemed, justified, and saved is blood that is seen, seen by God himself with approbation, approval, and satisfaction. Our seeing the blood by faith is not redemption, but the blessed experience of redemption. It is God’s seeing the blood that is our redemption and salvation. Those Israelites inside their houses could not see the blood. It is God’s eye upon the blood that is salvation. And the Lord God saw the blood from everlasting, accepted it from everlasting, and accepted us by the blood from everlasting. (Revelation 13:8; 17:8; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:9-10).
The Grace Bulletin
May 7, 2017
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — 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