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Some of God’s elect are, like Saul of Tarsus, suddenly converted in a climactic experience of overwhelming grace. Others, like Lydia, gently have their hearts opened by that same overwhelming grace. It is not our experience of grace that is our hope, but Christ in whom all grace is found and from whom all grace comes.
Š We welcome our friends, Pastor Mike Walker and his wife, Sandy, back to Grace. Bro. Walker is pastor of Millsite Baptist Church in Cottageville, WV. He will bring the messages in our worship services today.
Š The Lord willing, Bro. Todd Nibert, pastor of Todds Road Grace Church in Lexington, KY, will be here to preach the gospel to you Tuesday night.
Š I am preaching today for Robert Street Baptist Church in Dudley England. I am scheduled to preach for the Free Grace Fellowship in Ballymoney North Ireland Monday and Tuesday.
Š Our church family annual Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner is scheduled for November 25th.
Nursery Duty Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) —Diane Campbell (PM)
In Christ I Have All — Don Fortner
(Tune: The Doxology — LM)
1. Lost in the darkest, hellish night,
I groped ‘til Jesus Christ the Light
In mercy came to heal the blind
And shed on me His light divine.
2. Consumed with guilt, I shook with fear
‘Til Christ’s atoning blood appeared.
Looking on Him (Great gift of grace!)
I trust “The Lord my Righteousness.”
3. His blood has purged away my sins.
His Spirit makes my conscience clean.
The virtue of my Savior’s blood
Imputed makes me just with God!
4. Great power from His sufferings flow
To justify and pardon too!
In Christ I have all righteousness,
Redemption, peace, and holiness!
As we read the Bible, we cannot help noticing that there are numerous examples of men and women who appeared to fear God and walk with him, who in time forsook him altogether and perished under his wrath.
There are multitudes in hell today who were once considered saints of God. Lot’s wife, Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, Achan, King Saul, Ananias and Sapphira, Demas, and Diotrephes are all names that ought to be alarming. Like the multitude in John 6, though they professed to be disciples and were considered by all, except the Lord himself, to be his disciples, they “went back and walked no more with him.” They are beacons placed before us in Holy Scripture to warn us of the danger of hypocrisy and carnal security. All is not gold that glitters. “They are not all Israel which are of Israel.” Many who profess faith in Christ and are confident that their faith is genuine shall betray and forsake Christ in time and perish under the wrath of God in hell.
No one more fearfully and glaringly demonstrates this fact than Judas, the son of perdition, our Lord’s betrayer. He is the principle subject of this paragraph. Judas was once numbered with the apostles of Christ. He once preached the gospel, performed mighty miracles, and carried the treasurer’s bag for the first church ever to exist in this world. Yet, Judas betrayed the Son of God. Afterward, though he repented, confessed his sin, and made restitution, he committed suicide, perishing under the terror of God’s justice and wrath. Today that man, who once was thought to be such a great man, such an eminent believer, burns in hell, suffering the wrath of God! Let none who read these lines follow him.
Judas shows us that a person may experience much, know much, and do much that appears to be genuinely spiritual and yet perish at last. I frankly do not know how to say what needs to be said here forcefully enough. Salvation is an experience; but it is more than an experience. Salvation involves knowledge; but it is more than knowledge. Salvation produces good works; but it is more than good works. In those matters, neither you nor I come close to Judas. He was not only an apostle, but in all probability the most highly esteemed of all the apostles. Until he betrayed the Master, he was never once, in so far as the Scriptures tell us, reprimanded for anything. Judas seems to stand head and shoulders above the rest. Even after he had been distinctly identified as the betrayer by the Master (John 13:26-30), no one was suspicious of him. Yet, Judas was a lost man. He never knew God.
Salvation is “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27). Salvation is a living union of faith with the Son of God. Salvation is a heart work, a work of God in our hearts. Salvation is not something you can muster. It is not something the preacher can bestow. It is not something parents can bequeath. “Salvation is of the Lord!” Salvation is the utter surrender of a sinner to the rule, dominion, and will of God by faith in Christ. When a person comes to know Christ, the last Adam, he does willingly what the first Adam refused to do. — He bows and surrenders to God as God, acknowledging his right to be God and thus to do what he will (Luke 14:25-33).
“That Which was Spoken by Jeremy the Prophet”
The passage here cited by Matthew is found in Zechariah 11:12, not in the book of Jeremiah. So why did Matthew say it was spoken by Jeremiah? The order of the books of the Old Testament is not the same now, as it was in Matthew’s day. The ancient Jews divided the Old Testament into three sections (Luke 24:44).
(1) The Law, referring to the Pentateuch, the Five Books of Moses, Genesis through Deuteronomy
(2) The Prophets, referring to Joshua, Judges, 1st Samuel through 2nd Kings and the Prophetic Books
(3) The Psalms, referring to the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1st and 2nd Chronicles
As the whole section was called “The Psalms” because it began with the Psalms in their arrangement of the books, so “The Prophets” were commonly called “Jeremiah” because that section began with Jeremiah. That which is recorded in Zechariah was attributed to Jeremiah simply because it was in that section of the Old Testament Scriptures called “Jeremiah” in Matthew’s day.
“He saved others; himself he cannot save.”
This is the very essence of the gospel! The Son of God died as our Substitute. If he would save us, he could not save himself. Those "fools and blind" did not know that they were proclaiming that which is Immanuel’s greatest glory. It was because he saved others that he could not save himself. Were he willing to let chosen sinners perish, he could have easily saved himself. But he bore, not only the cruel nails and spear, but their cruel mockeries as well, rather than give up his self-imposed task of saving his people by the sacrifice of himself
“He trusted in God.” — Our Lord Jesus Christ, as a man, lived by faith, in all things trusting God his Father. Thus, he taught us that the only way we can honor, obey, and live for God in this world is by faith. And by his faith, consummating in his obedience unto death, as God the Holy Spirit declares in Galatians 3:22-26, we were justified. It is not our believing that fulfilled God’s covenant promise and brought in that blessed righteousness by which we now stand before him in life. The promise is given to all who believe. But the promise was fulfilled and comes to us “by the faith of Jesus Christ.” It was Christ to whom the promise was made as our Surety in the everlasting covenant upon condition of his obedience unto death as our Substitute. And it is Christ who obtained the promise by his faithful fulfillment of his covenant engagements as our Surety (Hebrews 10:5-14). It is “the faith of Jesus Christ” that is revealed to us by the gospel. We are shut up to Christ, whose faith is now revealed in the gospel. Our faith in Christ is not revealed to us. It is given to us and worked in us by the mighty operations of God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:8-9; Colossians 1:12). It is Christ (“the faith of Christ”) who is revealed.
The Grace Bulletin
November 4, 2018
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