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Satan is not GodŐs rival but his servant. He is GodŐs devil, bound by the long, strong chain of divine omnipotence, under the absolute dominion and control of our all-glorious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
á Conference Dates — August 31-September 1.
á Ladies: Be sure to pick up your pans and food assignments for the conference today.
á We extend our sincere to Charlie Meadows and Vicci Rolley and their family whose mother, JoAnn Meadows died last week.
Nursery Duty Today: Diane Campbell (AM) — Ruth Wall (PM)
God with Us! — Don Fortner
(Tune: #93 — Hark! The Herald Angels Sing —77.77D)
1. God with us! Good news for man!
Christ has come to save from sin!
Prophets of this wonder spoke:
God to die our nature took!
God with us! Believer sing!
This is ZionŐs gracious King:
Claiming heavŐnŐs eternal throne,
Stooping, flesh and blood to own!
2. God with us! Mysterious fact,
He shall covŐnant work transact,
Conquer Satan, guilt remove,
And the sinner melt with love.
God with us, all worlds shall see,
From Him earth and skies shall flee,
All who hate Him HeŐll destroy,
All who love Him crown with joy!
Some Repercussions of SatanŐs Fall
The fall of Satan, spoken of here by GodŐs prophet Isaiah, is the origin and cause of the conflict that has rocked the universe for more than 6000 years. In this portion of Holy Scripture, God the Holy Ghost teaches us to chant an enthusiastic ode, a jeering taunt, in the teeth of our great oppressor as we live in the expectation of standing with our feet upon his neck.
The repercussions of SatanŐs fall are evident. I call your attention to four of them, four things that have taken place in the purpose of God as the result of SatanŐs fall.
1. The first repercussion is found in Lucifer himself. — His name originally was Lucifer, the son of the morning. He became Satan, diabolic, a slanderer, an opposer, an oppressor, an enemy. He who was the anointed cherub is now the adversary of God and man.
2. The second repercussion is seen in the angels who cast their lot with Satan. — In Revelation 12 we are told that 1/3 of the heavenly host followed SatanŐs lead and fought against Christ, there called Michael the Archangel.
Perhaps you wonder, ŇWhy did they do it?Ó Why would holy, heavenly creatures leave their blessed estate and follow the deceiver? Why do you do it? Why does the world do it? Why does mankind reject the counsel of God and follow the prince of darkness? Why? Because Satan is a master deceiver. He is full of enticing promises, charming allurements, and exciting enchantments.
3. The third repercussion of SatanŐs fall is the marring of GodŐs handiwork. — The slime of the serpent is now upon the creation of God.
GodŐs creation was made without form and void by SatanŐs fall (Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 45:18). Man, who was created in the image of God, through the subtlety of Satan, was plunged into sin and death.
4. The fourth repercussion of SatanŐs fall is the warfare that has raged throughout the ages between Satan and the Son of God, between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15).
This warfare is both outward and inward. GodŐs elect, his church, the seed of Christ, the womanŐs Seed, is at war with the world, the serpentŐs seed. GodŐs elect are ever the object of SatanŐs rage (Revelation 12). The fiend of hell relentlessly seeks the destruction of the church of God. As Cain rose up to murder his righteous brother Abel, so all the unrighteous are always in arms against GodŐs saints, not because of anything they do, but only because of the God we worship, by whom we have the peace of perfect righteousness with Christ, being accepted in the Beloved. And this warfare is the constant warfare of that which is of the devil (our fallen nature) and that which is born of God (the new man in us, created in righteousness and true holiness.
ŇThy pomp is brought down to the grave.Ó
From the beginning, Satan has sought to overthrow the throne of God, thwart the purpose of God, and destroy the people of God. But he has never been successful and never shall be.
SatanŐs first assault against the throne of God took place in heaven, sometime before the fall of Adam (Revelation 12). The second assault Satan made against God was in the Garden of Eden, when he led Adam and Eve to rebel against the Lord (Genesis 3:1-5). His third assault was shortly after the birth of Christ. — The Slaying of the Innocents by Herod. SatanŐs fourth assault was the temptation of our Lord Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4). His fifth assault was in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46). The devilŐs sixth assault against the throne of God is the persecutions raised against his church in this world throughout history (Revelation 12). But the devilŐs final assault is the subtlest of all — Antichrist Religion! — He seeks to destroy the souls of men and the purpose of God by promoting every form of free-will/works religion (2 Thessalonians 2).
We live in the midst of the greatest, most deceitful and deadly Satanic delusion the world has ever known. Arminian, free-will, works religion is the religion of antichrist, the religion of Babylon, the religion of Lucifer. Lucifer was the first Ňfreewiller.Ó All free will religion, all the will-worship religion of antichrist was spawned in hell. Read SatanŐs bloated ŇI willsÓ against the triune God (Isaiah 14:13-14). Be sure you also read GodŐs response to the DevilŐs pride (Isaiah 14:24-27; Ezekiel 28:16-18).
SatanŐs Sure Defeat
Though it appears that the fiend of hell has been turned loose to deceive the nations of the world for a little season (Revelation 20:3), his doom is sure (Revelation 20:7-10). Isaiah 14 is a prophecy of SatanŐs final overthrow by the power of God.
In hell all the multitudes of the damned will themselves be turned against him who is the cause of their ruin. Satan shall be isolated, alone, and tormented forever. He who was once the highest creature of God shall be brought down to be the lowest foul thing in hell.
When I read the prophetŐs words here about hell and everlasting damnation, I am astonished and tremble for you who choose to ignore it and run headlong into everlasting torment. Hell from beneath is moved at SatanŐs coming. The territories of the damned are represented as opening to receive a more than ordinary prisoner taking up his eternal dwelling there. All the damned of the earth, who trembled at his power, are brought together into one common level of horror and misery, each taunting and cursing the other, and all turning their spite upon Satan.
The movement of hell to meet the Devil is beyond conception. It is as if those infernal regions of horror feel convulsed at his approach and welcome his everlasting torment. The taunting jeers from the peoples of the earth, whom the monarch of Babylon hastened and sent there, are expressed, being filled with astonishment to show us something of the deep and bitter malignity ruling the hearts of the damned, which aggravates their torments and fills the full measure of corrosive and everlasting misery heaped upon and suffered by them forever!
The Grace Bulletin
August 19, 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