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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
May 27, 2018
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You can always know a person’s true character by the way he speaks of others. Slandering tongues expose a slanderous man, a gracious tongue a gracious man. A malicious tongue betrays a malicious heart, a kind tongue a kind heart.
Š I am preaching today for East Hendersonville Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC, where Bro. Carroll Poole is pastor. I am delighted and thankful that you have Bro. Marvin Stalnaker here to preach the gospel to you. Bro. Stalnaker is pastor of Katy Baptist Church in Fairmont, WV.
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“Behold the Man” — Don Fortner
(Tune: #44 — And Can It Be —LMD)
The Man on whom all worlds depend,
Behold the God in manhood clothed,
To sinners kind, by sinners loathed,
“Behold the Man!” Believer, see
The Man who died at Calvary!
Wearing a cruel crown of thorns,
The object of contempt and scorn.
2. “Behold the Man,” believe, admire!
To Him let all our souls aspire!
With rev’rence for His sacred name,
With love enkindled to a flame!
“Behold the Man,” the Man made sin.
The Christ of God can make you clean!
He wears the crown of Glory now!
Oh, kiss the Son and humbly bow!
3. “Behold the Man,” the Man made sin,
Oh, come to Christ, believe on Him!
Forgiveness comes at His command.
Eternal life is in His hand!
“Behold the Man” whom God has crowned,
Bowing before His gracious throne,
Approach the wounds your sins have made,
And pardon seek from Him who bled.
Christ — God’s Glory
Pastor Marvin Stalnaker
Moses besought the LORD with this desire. — “Show me thy glory.” Without a doubt, Moses asked this as he was moved by the Holy Spirit, not only for Moses’ good, but for ours too. But that which especially enflames the heart of every regenerated sinner, as he considers this passage, is the glorious answer from the mouth and heart of Jehovah — that answer which reveals Christ to be God’s glory and goodness in the salvation of His people…”I will make all My goodness pass before thee,” I will show myself in Christ to be the fountain of inexhaustible compassion, “and will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee,” making known that I AM, the LORD; “and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” It is the glory of the LORD to sovereignly save whomsoever he will, and therein, the vessels of his mercy truly rejoice.
“And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:1-2)
When we read the prophecies of the Old Testament Scriptures we need to see both the immediate and the ultimate fulfilment of the prophet’s words. Each prophecy has both an immediate, typical and an ultimate, messianic fulfilment.
In its immediate context, when Isaiah spoke these words, he was referring to God’s deliverance of the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed Judah. When Sennacherib, the godless king of Assyria invaded the land of Judea, it looked as though the nation of Israel would be utterly destroyed. And the Assyrian invasion was a terrible display of God’s anger against the sins of his people. But here Isaiah assures God’s elect remnant of salvation from the hands of that wicked tyrant. That is the immediate, typical fulfillment of the prophecy. But there is much more in the text.
In its ultimate, spiritual, messianic scope this is a prophecy of the salvation of God’s elect in the day of his grace when Christ is revealed in their hearts. This is what happens to each of God’s elect when they are translated from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son. Isaiah shows us what happens to a sinner when he is born again by the power of God the Holy Ghost, delivered from the spirit of bondage and wrath, and brought by the Spirit of adoption into the liberty of the Sons of God.
As we read Isaiah 12:1-2, every regenerate heart says, “Amen.” This is every believer’s confession, the confession of every sinner saved by the grace of God. This is the confession we make to God and the confession we make to men. It is the confession we make to the world and the confession we make to one another. It is the confession we make in prayer and the confession we make in song. This is the confession we make in preaching and is the confession we make in quiet meditation. The word “praise” in verse 1 might be better translated “confess.” Isaiah is talking about the believer’s confession of faith. — This is my confession.
“Thou wast angry with me.” — Call it what you will, put it in whatever theological terms you choose, but there was a time when I was awakened to a sense of my personal sin and made to realize that God almighty was justly and righteously angry with me. I was made to realize that I was, like all other men and women, a child of wrath by nature, cursed and condemned before God’s holy law (Romans 3:19; 7:9).
But, blessed be his name, my confession does not stop there. “Though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away!” Can this matter of forgiveness really be known as a matter of certainty, so that a sinful man can honestly look upon the holy God and declare, “Thine anger is turned away?” Upon what grounds can I make such a confession of confident faith? I make this confession upon the authority of God’s holy, infallible Word. The basis of my assurance is the Word of God alone (1 John 5:1-14). In the Book of God, I read that Christ died for sinners (Romans 5:6-8; 1 Timothy 1:15-16). “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Because I am assured that I am a sinner, I am assured that Christ died for me. I cannot doubt it. The Word of God declares, “He that believeth on him is not condemned” (John 3:18). I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. I do not trust him as I should. I do not trust him as I would. But I do trust Christ alone for all my acceptance with God. If God’s Word is true, and it is, then I am not condemned!
“And thou comfortest me.” — Since the day that God’s anger was turned away from my conscience, the Lord has comforted me. Though I am weak, he is strong. Though I am full of sin, he is full of mercy. Though I am tempted, he is faithful. And he comforts me with the assurance of propitiation made (1 John 2:1-2), the awareness of providence good (Romans 8:28), and the application of promises sure (2 Corinthians. 1:20).
“Behold, God is my salvation!” — God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, is my salvation. God the Father planned it. God the Son purchased it. And God the Holy Ghost brought it to me. Because God is my salvation, “I will trust and not be afraid.” I will trust him and not be afraid of him! “The Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song.” My Savior is God the Triune Jehovah. “He also is become my Salvation” by his own appointment, by his own accomplishments, by his almighty grace, and by his gift of faith (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).
The Grace Bulletin
May 27, 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