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· The Lord willing we will have our annual Church Family Thanksgiving-Christmas dinner together December 1.
Nursery Duty Today — Mindy Shultz
Behold, the Wisdom of our God! — Don Fortner
(Tune: #400 — Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be? —LM)
1. Faith all Jehovah’s works surveys,
With wonder, joy, and thankful praise;
But His salvation best proclaims
The pow’r and wisdom of His name.
2. In Jesus’ blood atonement see
The wisdom of the Sacred Three:
Now God the just can justify
The guilty soul for whom Christ died!
3. Behold that penetrating grace
That quickens all the chosen race,
Subdues the vile, imparts the good, —
This is the work of our great God!
4. To new create a soul like mine,
Demands wisdom and pow’r divine.
Saved by free grace through Jesus’ blood: —
Behold, the Wisdom of our God!
If God has given you faith in Christ, you are commanded of God to “arise and be baptized,” confessing to all your faith in his sacrifice, in his blood atonement, to wash away you sins.
Christ made Sin
“For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”
Our blessed Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, suffered heart failure, not because of the physical pain of crucifixion inflicted upon him by his tormenters, but because he who is the holy Lamb of God was made sin for us. He cried, “See, O Lord, and consider, for I am become vile! Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me! Therefore, my heart faileth me.”
John Trapp, commenting on Psalm 40:12, wrote that our Lord Jesus Christ was “maximus peccatorum, the greatest of sinners (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:6), for our sins (which here he calleth his) he suffered. And here his bitter agony in the Garden is graphically described. Neither is it absurd to say, that as he bore our sins in his own body upon the tree, he was first redeemed by himself, and afterwards we.”
Martin Luther said essentially the same thing. — “Christ took our flesh upon him, that he might take our sins upon him. He was, maximus peccator, the greatest sinner, having the weight of the sins of [God’s elect throughout] the whole world lying upon him. He took our flesh that he might take our sins, and so appease God’s wrath.”
So obvious and blessed is this revelation of the gospel that saved sinners throughout the world and throughout the ages rejoice to know it, rest in it, and proclaim it. None can understand it or explain it; but all give thanks for it.
“Yes,” Charles Spurgeon wrote, “we believe and hold it fast, that Christ did take the sins of his people verily and truly upon himself, and did in proper person make a complete expiation for the guilt of all his chosen, and in this we find our hearts’ best confidence.
Our soul can on this doctrine live,
Can on this doctrine die.”
If there is anything in the Book of God with which we should desire to be acquainted, it is this upon which our salvation and everlasting consolation depend . — “He hath made him sin for us!” If we would know Christ and the fellowship of his sufferings, if we would look on him whom we have pierced and mourn, if we would die unto sin and bring forth fruit unto God, we must have the gift of God the Holy Ghost to reveal to us this great mystery, that God the Father has laid on Christ the iniquity of us all, that “He hath made him sin for us!”
Why did the holy Redeemer go mourning to the grave? Why did divine justice pursue him? Only because he bare the sin of many. From this fountain the streams of free salvation flow. We die unto sin, we live unto righteousness, only because he, his own self, bare our sins in his own body on the tree. O wondrous grace! O magnificent justice! O mysterious transfer! O amazing mystery!
2 Corinthians 5:21
God never plays “Let’s Pretend.” Christ did not pretend to become a man. He became a man. He did not pretend that he turned water into wine. He made the water wine. And the Lord God did not pretend to make his Son sin for us. — “He hath made him sin for us!”
Either the Lord Jesus was made sin for us and our sins were transferred to him, or he did not bear our sins in his body on the tree, as the Book of God says he did, but only the consequences and effects of them. — The Prophet of God says, “He shall bear their iniquities.” The word “bear” means “carry,” as a man carries a burden. The Old Testament saints were well acquainted with God our Savior as a sin-bearing Redeemer God, and considered this to be the glory of his character. Micah said, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth (beareth) iniquity; and that passeth over the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?”
Either the Lord Jesus was made sin for us and our sins were transferred to him, or he did not really bear the consequences and effects of them. — I mean by that, either he was made sin for us and our sins were transferred to him, or he did not bear the penalty of them. The principal part of the punishment of sin consists in a sense of guilt and of divine wrath; but neither of these could Immanuel have endured unless he was made sin.
Either the Lord Jesus was made sin for us and our sins were transferred to him, or our sins are still our sins and justice finds them upon us still! — If that were the case, justice would still require satisfaction and mercy could be bestowed only at the expense of righteousness. Thank God, that is not the case! The guilt of our sins, and our sins themselves, were forever put away by the sacrifice of his darling Son, washed away completely by the blood of the Lamb!
Either the Lord Jesus was made sin for us and our sins were transferred to him, or his sufferings were not penal sufferings and the justice of God was not satisfied by them. —The sufferings of Christ were not punishment, unless our sins were transferred to him, unless he was made sin for us. An innocent person may suffer, but an innocent person cannot be punished, upon any just ground. And justice will not, indeed cannot, allow an innocent person, considered as innocent, to suffer punishment in the room of the guilty, anymore that it can reward a guilty, sinful, corrupt one with life eternal. But, blessed be his name forever, our penal Substitute has fully satisfied his own infinite justice for us, by suffering in our room and stead as one made sin for us, bearing in his own body all the iniquities, transgressions, and sins of all his people!
When our Lord Jesus turned the water into wine (John 2), he did not make the water look like wine, or taste like wine, he made the water wine. And when he was made sin for us by his Father laying on him the iniquity of all his elect, he was not made to look like sin, or made merely to be considered as sin, or even to be treated as if he were sin. He was made sin for us!
See the love of God (Amazing!) in the death of our dear Christ.
See His justice, truth, and mercy in our Savior’s sacrifice!
Justice called and mercy answered. — Jesus’ blood has satisfied!
The Grace Bulletin
November 17, 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