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He who alone is God is the absolute sovereign of the universe, determining all things, ruling all things, and disposing of all things as he will.
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(Tune: #405 — My Soul, Be On Thy Guard — SM)
1. The sinner who believes
In Christ’s atoning blood
Is justified from all things and
Saved by the grace of God.
2. Yet, sin within remains;
And base corruptions rise!
Then Satan tempts us to despair
And God’s free grace despise.
3. Our flesh with him agrees,
And says we cannot be
Partakers of God’s saving grace,
And yet such sinners be.
4. But faith looks out of self
And trusts in Christ alone.
Our hope is not in what we do,
But what our Lord has done!
5. His blood and righteousness,
The anchor of our souls,
Assures us in the teeth of sin
Free grace has made us whole!
Baptism is the believer’s public confession of faith in Christ. By our immersion (burial) in the watery grave and rising up from the waters of baptism, we symbolically fulfill all righteousness. By this symbolic ordinance, the heaven born soul says to all the world, “I lived in obedience to God in Christ. I died with Christ. And I am risen with Christ. Christ is all my righteousness.” If God has given you faith in his dear Son, you should confess him in believer’s baptism as soon as possible.
“Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord.”
What sad consequences there are to sin! That horrible, heart-hatred of God, which resides in the hearts of Adam’s sons and daughters, works havoc in the earth, and will bring us all down to hell in the end, unless God steps in to save. The only hope there is for fallen, depraved, helpless sinners is the omnipotent intervention of God’s irresistible grace.
Blessed be his name, God does intervene to save! He does not have to save. No mortal will ever seek salvation from him until first he is sought of him. But God has, in indescribable, infinite mercy, chosen to save a people for his own name’s sake. And save them, he will.
Cain and Abel
Beginning with its opening chapters and throughout the pages of Inspiration, the Book of God is filled with pictures of our heavenly Father’s free, sovereign, saving grace. Adam had two sons: Cain and Abel. God passed by Cain and chose Abel. Abel is the one to whom God revealed himself in Christ, evident by the fact that Abel brought God a blood sacrifice, which God provided, and thereby found acceptance with the holy Lord God. The only way sinful man can approach the holy Lord God is through the merits of Christ, the sin-atoning Substitute, who is both God and man, the substitutionary Sacrifice God has provided.
The only difference there is between the fallen sons of Adam is the difference God makes (1 Corinthians 4:7). The only thing that made Abel to differ from Cain was the fact that God chose Abel. God revealed himself to Abel. God called Abel.
We see the distinction of grace in Enoch, too. “Enoch walked with God,” when few men did. He pleased God. And he escaped death because God took him. How did he walk with God? He walked with God the only way any sinner can walk with God — by faith in Christ. How did he please God? He pleased God the only way any sinner can please God — by faith in Christ. Walk with God by faith in Christ, and you, too, shall escape death (John 11:26; Revelation 20:6).
“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The whole world was lost. The whole world was corrupt. The whole of Adam’s race was degenerate and walked in wickedness, provoking the wrath of God. But God, in great pity, mercy, and compassion, showed himself gracious to one man. — “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” God spared Noah. God saved Noah. Through him, God preserved his family, preserved our race, and thus preserved his elect for all generations to come!
“Grace! Tis a charming sound!
Harmonious to the ear.
Heaven with the echo shall resound
And all the earth shall hear!”
“I will be Surety for Him.”
We read in chapter 42 that Ruben volunteered to be surety for Benjamin; but Jacob did not trust his Benjamin to Ruben’s hands. There is good reason for that. Our great Surety, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Lion of Judah’s tribe. Therefore, in God’s providence, as a type of our covenant Surety, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom God the Father trusted his elect (Ephesians 1:12), Jacob trusted Benjamin to Judah’s hand, when he said, “I will be surety for him.”
The Spirit’s Work
God the Holy Spirit is anxious for every believer to enjoy the comforting assurance of salvation in Christ. He is our Comforter. That is the work he was sent to perform. His method of comfort is to take the things of Christ and show them to us (John 16:7-14). He knows that the more fully we know Christ, and the more clearly we see him, the more we shall enjoy the comfort and assurance of our salvation in him.
Therefore, the Spirit of God always points us to Christ, especially in the inspired volume of Holy Scripture. He not only tells us who Christ is, what he has done, and what he is doing for us, he also uses metaphor after metaphor to show us pictures of our great Savior, pictures designed to assure God’s believing people that all is well between us and our God.
Types in Genesis
We see this repeatedly throughout the Book of Genesis. When Adam and Eve were naked, God provided them with the skins of an innocent victim and clothed them (3:21), portraying Christ as our Righteousness, Redemption, and Salvation. When the flood came, God saved Noah by an ark (7:15-16), portraying Christ as our Ark of refuge from the wrath of God, and our salvation by his substitutionary sacrifice. As the ark bore all the wrath of God so that Noah and his family bore none, so Christ bore all the wrath of God for his people and we bear none (Romans 8:1). As Noah and his family suffered all the wrath of God in the ark, so God’s elect have suffered all the wrath of God in Christ (Galatians 3:13). When Isaac was bound to the altar on Mt. Moriah, God provided himself a lamb for a burnt offering (Genesis 22:8, 13), typifying Christ as our Substitute (John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21). When Jacob was alone, helpless, and afraid, God showed him a ladder, by which he could ascend to God (28:12-13), picturing the Lord Jesus Christ as our Mediator.
Christ Our Surety
Here (Genesis 43:8-9), the Spirit of God gives us another beautiful and instructive picture of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the grace of God in him. As Judah became surety for Benjamin, assuming all responsibility for him, so the Lord Jesus Christ, who sprang from the tribe of Judah, became Surety for God’s elect before the worlds were made in the covenant of grace, assuming total, absolute responsibility for the salvation of his people (Hebrews 7:22). In his hands, all is well. What a thought for meditation this is for the day before us!
The Grace Bulletin
January 19, 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
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service