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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
May 13, 2018
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There is not a record in the Bible of a single sinner saved by the grace of God who attributes anything to himself but sin.
Happy Birthday! Rebecca Singleton-14th
Nursery Duty Today: Stephanie Wilkerson (AM) — Celeste Peterson (PM)
Awake, My Sleeping Soul, Arise — Don Fortner
(Tune: #42 — All Hail the Power — CM)
1. Awake! Awake! Blest saints of God,
Redeemed by Jesus’ blood!
By Christ redeemed, by God made just,
Awake to Christ your Trust!
2. Walk as the children of the Day,
In His beauty arrayed.
Why should this world delight you so?
Why grovel here below?
3. Your life is hid with Christ in God. ⸺
He bought you with His blood!
“Rise up, My love,” Your Bridegroom says,
“Rise up, and come away!”
4. Blest saints of God and heirs of bliss,
Haste through this wilderness!
Live not for vanity and toys,
But for eternal joys.
5. It is the voice of my Beloved
That calls, “Rise up My love.”
Awake, my sleeping soul, arise,
“And Christ shall give thee light!”
“He Forsook the Counsel of the Old Men”
1 Kings 12:8
How foolishly young adults follow the example of Rehoboam! Rather than seeking and following the counsel of older men and women who have the wisdom of age and experience, they follow the counsel of their peers. Never is this folly more costly than it is to young preachers! Many promising, gifted young preachers have brought their ministries to ruin by heeding the counsel of other young preachers and forsaking “the counsel of the old men.”
Old men are not always wise, but they are usually much wiser than the young. This is especially true with regard to faithful, gospel preachers. When I was a young preacher, God providentially brought several older pastors into my life, most of them 10 – 30 years my senior, who became my closest friends. From those men, many of them now with the Lord, I learned much and avoided much. The older I get the more I revere them and give thanks to God for them.
No Other Name
God’s elect in the Old Testament were saved exactly the same way as God’s elect are saved today, by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament era sinners were saved by trusting Christ who was to come, promised, and prefigured in the words and types of the Old Testament Scriptures. Since the coming of Christ, sinners are saved by trusting Christ who has come and fulfilled all the promises, types, and prophecies of the Old Testament.
Abel and Archippus, Job and John, Moses and Matthew, Miriam and Mary, Rahab and Rhoda, Padon and Peter all believed the same gospel, trusted the same Savior, and were saved by the same grace as God’s elect are today. The saints of old trusted the Christ who was to come; and God’s elect today trust the Christ who has come.
In this portion of Holy Scripture God the Holy Ghost gives us God’s law regarding the numbering of the children of Israel and the atonement money they paid, so that no plague come upon them. This is a very instructive and blessed type and picture of our redemption, the ransom of our souls, by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe, rejoice in, and preach, without apology, the great and glorious Gospel doctrine of particular and effectual redemption accomplished by the precious, sin-atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ — Limited Atonement.
I defy anyone to find any place in the Book of God that even hints at the possibility that Christ shed his blood for those who perish in hell. Where does the Word of God proclaim an atonement that does not atone? —A redemption that does not redeem? — A deliverance that does not deliver? —A ransom that does not set free? — A Savior who does not save? — Nowhere!
Everywhere in Holy Scripture, in every place, every chapter, every verse, every prophecy, every picture, and every type which speaks of or in any way explains the great and glorious redemptive work of Christ, it is always set before us as the redemption of a specific people and a redemption that is effectually accomplished, a redemption by which those specific people are actually redeemed.
The ransom money for atonement was paid for a certain number of people. — “The sum of the children of Israel.” A certain price was paid. — “Half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary.” And a certain result followed. — Those who were redeemed according to the requirement of the law had “no plague among them!”
I call your attention to three blessed facts of divine revelation found in this portion of Inspiration.
1. None were redeemed except God’s chosen, the children of Israel; and all the children of Israel were redeemed. All the children of Israel were numbered with the adult males of the nation; and they made up the specific number for whom this atonement money was paid — 603,550 men.
2. The ransom price was determined by divine measure. Those who were redeemed were redeemed with “half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary.” God’s demands were measured out by God himself, exacted by God, and paid to God. Here is the measurement of the sanctuary: “The precious blood of Christ!”
3. All the chosen brought the atonement money in their hands. Even so, all God’s elect must and shall come to God through faith in the blood of Christ, through faith in the accomplished redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ. Coming to God by faith in the blood of Christ (Romans 3:25), believing sinners are assured that no plague shall befall them!
The Grace Bulletin
May 13, 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