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The requirements of the law are the promises of the gospel. And all the promises of God are in Christ Jesus yea and Amen.
Nursery Duty Today — Celeste Peterson
“By the Right Way” — Don Fortner
(Tune: #118 — When I Survey the Wondrous Cross — LM)
1. Let us proclaim Jehovah’s praise,
And quietly rest in all His ways:
He keeps eternity in sight,
And what His hand performs is right.
2. “By the right way” His saints are led,
The way ordained for each we tread:
The way our carnal natures hate,
Though it’s our path to heaven’s gate.
3. “By the right way,” oft dark and rough,
Mysterious, yet plain enough:
And when our faith is changed to sight,
We’ll know the way of God was right.
4. “By the right way,” through pain and loss
And earthly expectations crossed,
With “an expected end” in view,
We’ll trust our God, Faithful and True.
5. “By the right way,” Lord lead me on,
Through this vain world, up to Your throne:
Cause faith to know, when reason fails,
That God always does all things well!
Pastor Todd Nibert
The believer has the new nature that never sins and the old nature that always sins. This does not provide him with an excuse for sin nor a reason to not battle his sin. But it does explain why he is so sinful. Amazingly and mysteriously it is the new man that owns and confesses the sins of the old man!
“Herein is Our Love made Perfect”
1 John 4:17
“Herein is our love made perfect.” Those words, as suggested by our translators in the margin of our Bible, might be better translated, “Herein is his love with us made perfect.”
John is not talking about us loving God perfectly or loving one another perfectly. Our love is anything but perfect love. John is talking to us about the knowledge and revelation of God’s perfect love for us in Christ in the sweet experience of his saving grace. He is here describing the “grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
God’s love toward us, which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost in the saving revelation of Christ, is made perfect in us when we are made to see and experience and enjoy the fulness, completion, and perfection of our salvation in Christ.
God’s love is made perfect in us (1 John 4:12), it is brought to its end and fulfilment, when it is made known in us, when we are born of God and given faith in Christ. Then it is that “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Romans 5:1-5).
“That We may have Boldness in the Day of Judgment”
1 John 4:17
There is a day appointed when God shall judge the world in righteousness and strict justice. In that day, though the wicked and unbelieving tremble and fear, the saints of God will have confidence, joy, and boldness.
“Bold shall I stand in that great day,
For who ought to my charge shall lay,
While through Christ’s blood absolved I am
From sin’s tremendous guilt and blame?”
The wicked and unbelieving fear the Day of Judgment. Many have nightmares about it. But God’s saints love it, long for it, and anxiously await it; at least we ought to.
In that great day, we shall stand fearless, without the least dread, while the rest of the world cries for the rocks and mountains to fall upon them and hide them from the wrath of God and the Lamb. In that great day, when God shall judge the world in righteousness by Christ Jesus, God’s elect will have boldness. In that day we will speak to him who sits upon the throne freely and without fear. We will ascribe all praise, honor, and glory to Christ alone as our Savior. And we will express our love and adoration to our God forever.
Here’s the reason. — “Because as he is, so are we in this world.” If at this very moment you trust Christ, if you have just this moment been born of God, this text is talking about you. As Christ is, so are you in this world! It is our union and identification with Christ that will give us boldness in the Day of Judgment. Everything that the Lord Jesus Christ is, in his office capacity as our Mediator, Representative, and Substitute before God, we are in him. — That’s astounding!
C. H. Spurgeon
Oh! How glorious it is to see the confusion of God’s enemies! Some say the devil is wise, but he is a fool, and he has been a fool from the very beginning. All he has ever done is to throw stones into the sky which have fallen down upon his own head. He always shoots his arrows the wrong end foremost.
When the whole of this world’s drama shall come to an end, there will be one tremendous laugh from earth and heaven against the devil, for they will say, “Aha! Aha! Aha! He has been God’s drudge all the while. He has been but God’s drudge, working out God’s glory. He thought he was having his own way, and doing his own will. — He has been but a black slave to carry the materials out of which God shall bring forth triumphs that shall shine throughout eternity.”
Three Witnesses to Redemption Accomplished
1 John 5:7
“There are three that bear record in heaven.” — Bear record of what? That Jesus is the Son of God? No. Heaven needs no evidence of that. These three bear record in heaven that God has given us eternal life, in strict accordance with his just and righteous law, by the merits of Christ’s obedience and death as our Substitute. The three Persons of the Holy Trinity bear record in heaven that Christ has accomplished redemption for God’s elect by his blood atonement.
1. God the Father bears record that redemption is accomplished by his acceptance of Christ as our Representative and Surety (Hebrews 1:1-9; 6:19-20; 10:11-14). When the Father raised Christ from the dead and received him back into heaven as our Mediator, he accepted all his elect in Christ and bare record that redemption’s work was done (Ephesians 1:6; John 17:1-5).
2. God the Son, the living, eternal Word of God, the second Person of the blessed Trinity, bears record of his people’s right to eternal life by his perpetual advocacy and intercession at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2; Hebrews 7:24-25; Hebrews 6:20). The record he bears, which secures the eternal salvation of God’s elect, by which we merit heaven and eternal life, is twofold: — His righteousness as our Representative and his satisfaction as our Substitute.
3. God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, bears record of the accomplishment of redemption by effectually applying the blood of Christ to the hearts of God’s elect in effectual calling (John 16:14; Hebrews 9:13-14). The Spirit of God takes the merit of Christ’s blood and righteousness and reveals to God’s elect their acceptance with God by the gospel. In effectual calling, chosen, redeemed sinners hear the gospel. But they hear more than the bare word of the gospel. They hear the Spirit of God speak in their hearts. Each one hears God speak pardon to his own soul by the gospel of his salvation. — “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). “And these three are one.” The three Divine Persons are one God. But more, the record of the Father, the record of the Son, and the record of the Spirit are one. What is that record? — Redemption is accomplished by Christ alone.
The Grace Bulletin
November 10, 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