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Š We will have our Quarterly Fellowship today. I hope you can all stay for lunch. — No Service Here Tonight.
Happy Birthday! Jesse Shultz-28th
Nursery Duty Today: Nicole Abell
The Merits of His Blood — Don Fortner
(Tune: #52 — Majestic Sweetness —CM)
The great High Priest of His elect, presenting precious blood.
Presents His blood within the veil and says, “I paid their debt.”
In Him, the Mercy-Seat divine, we see Jehovah’s face!
And His atoning sacrifice brings full salvation down.
That Which is Written
1 Corinthians 4:6
Pastor Todd Nibert
In the King James version of 1st Corinthians 4:6 we read that we are “Not to think of men above that which is written.” The “of men” is in italics, showing us that it was not in the original, but supplied by the translators to help us to understand what is being said. In the context, they were right, but it could and should read, “Not to think above that which was written.” We should never believe something that we have arrived at from a logical inference… “If this is so, then this also must be so” … Not necessarily! We are fallible men, and our logic may lead us in the wrong direction. We believe that which was written. And we are not to go above or beyond that which was written. How many errors are born from wrong suppositions or supposed logical inferences? Remember the words of Moses … “The secret things belong to the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
“The Way of the Just”
“The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.” (Isaiah 26:7)
When Isaiah spoke of the day of grace and salvation, he described those who are saved by God’s almighty grace as a people who walk with the living God in sweet communion (Isaiah 26 7-9). Communion with God is “the way of the just.” And it is the way of uprightness. Like Enoch, all who live by faith in Christ walk with God. And there is in every believer sweet communion with God in Christ. Some enjoy the experience of communion more fully and more intimately; but all believers walk with God in sweet communion.
Coming to God
The first motion of spiritual life is the return of the sinner to his God. To be saved is to come to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:25; Matthew 11:28). As the prodigal, “when he came to himself arose and came to his father,” so the regenerate sinner comes to God, being reconciled to him by grace.
Spiritual life, the life of grace, grows as we continue coming to God through Christ, our Mediator (1 Peter 2:1-4). Coming to Christ is something we have done, something we are doing, and something we shall continue to do so long as we live in this world. Coming to Christ is not an act of life. It is our way of life.
As we behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we obtain from our Savior, by faith in him, peace, rest, and hope. And in proportion as we know more of God, as he reveals himself to us in the Person of his dear Son, we grow in Christ and grow in grace. The knowledge of God is the meat and drink of faith. Faith ever seeks to know God our Savior (Philippians 3:10).
Communion with God
The most important, most beautiful, most useful, most practical aspect of the believer’s life is communion with God (Luke 10:38-42). Communion with God is the fruit of faith and the essence of true worship. Communion with God is the source of true, spiritual knowledge. Mary learned of God as she sat at the Savior’s feet and heard his words.
Communion with God is the fountain of good works and service to Christ and his people. Whoever did greater service for Christ and his church than that dear, redeemed sinner who knelt at the Savior’s feet, washed them with her tears, wiped them with her hair, and anointed him for his burial (Matthew 26:6-13)? Who knew or did more than that dear lady (Mark 14:1-9)?
If we would serve our God and the generation in which we live, if we would be useful to one another and useful to the souls of men, if we would know God, if we would honor him, we must seek to constantly walk with him in the sweet and blessed fellowship and communion of life, faith, and love in, by, and with our Lord Jesus Christ. This is “the way of the just.”
Communion with God
Communion with God manifests itself in many ways. But in these verses Isaiah shows us five specific things involved in it.
1. Communion with God causes the believer to walk in the path of righteousness (v. 7).
All who are justified by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them are sanctified by the holiness of Christ imparted to him in the new birth. Believers are new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). That new man created in us in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24) is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). And that new man walks with God in uprightness (Ephesians 4:17-23). Any doctrine that teaches or implies that a person’s character and conduct are unimportant, so long as he believes in Christ, is not the doctrine of Christ.
2. Communion with God manifests itself in waiting for him (v. 8).
This waiting does not imply idleness or indifference, but faith and diligence. To wait upon God is to believe him. Unbelief hurries and worries. Faith waits. Unbelief is fearful and cowardly. Faith is confident and courageous. To wait upon God is to stand upon the tiptoe of faith expecting him to fulfil his promise. To wait upon him is to serve him (Proverbs 27:18), to do his bidding, to serve his household, to do his will.
3. Communion with God causes the believer to desire his Lord.
“The desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee” (v. 8). — God’s name represents his character, his Word, and his glory. This is what we desire to know and see. And we desire to remember him at all times, to have him always before our hearts.
4. Communion with God causes men and women to seek him (v. 9).
The person who trusts Christ is one who is seeking him. The person who walks with God by faith is seeking him (Philippians 3:9-14). Constantly knowing our ever-increasing need of our God, we seek him. And…
5. Communion with God enables the believer to learn by the providential judgments of his heavenly Father (v. 9).
The wicked inhabitants of the earth neither learn by God’s favor, nor by his judgments. But the believer, while he walks in this world, walks with God and is taught of God. He learns much by the works of God, even by the judgments of providence.
He learns to look upon temporal things as temporal and eternal things as eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). He learns to value Christ, his people, and his gospel aright. And he learns righteousness (Hebrews 12:11), the value of righteousness and where righteousness is to be found — in Christ alone!
We have no righteousness but the obedience of Christ unto death as our Substitute. We have no holiness, but the holiness of Christ imparted to us in the new birth. And we have no communion with God but in, by, and with Christ Jesus.
The Grace Bulletin
March 24, 2019
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