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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
February 15, 2015
Every man is born with a love for his own will (2 Timothy 3:2). God must give a new heart for that man to possess a love for God’s will (Ezekiel 36:26-28).
— Pastor Marvin Stalnaker
· I am scheduled to preach Friday through Sunday for Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, AL, where Bro. Larry Criss is pastor.
· We will have our Quarterly Fellowship Dinner on Sunday, March 1st.
Happy Birthday! Jerry Sadler-20th Charlie Meadows-22nd
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Jayalita McCormack (AM) — Debbie Bartley (PM) — Tuesday: Mindy Peterson
I Saw One Hanging on a Tree — John Newton
(Tune: #414 — Am I a Soldier—CM)
1. In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.
2. I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood,
Who fixed his languid eyes on me,
As near his cross I stood.
3. Sure never till my latest breath
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with his death,
Though not a word he spoke.
4. My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair;
I saw my sins his blood had spilt,
And helped to nail him there.
5. A second look He gave, which said,
"I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou may'st live."
“God justified Christ by His resurrection, thereby justifying us because He bore our sins and was numbered with the transgressors.” — Pastor Henry Mahan
The Manifold Wisdom of God”
The Wisdom of God in Choosing Christ to be Our Redeemer
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42:1)
The wisdom of God in choosing Christ to be our Redeemer is evident in many ways. We rejoice in the love, mercy, and grace of God. But it was the wisdom of God which found a way for a holy God to embrace fallen, sinful men and women in love, mercy, and grace. How we ought to admire the wisdom of God in providing such a Redeemer!
Christ is in every way a fit and proper person to be our Redeemer. He who undertakes to redeem sinners, satisfy justice, make reconciliation for transgressors, and atone for sin must be a divine person. None but God could be equal to the great work of redemption. The Redeemer must be one who is infinitely holy. None could take away the infinite evil of sin, but one who is infinitely pure. None can make satisfaction, except him who is of infinite worth and merit. He must also be a person of infinite ability. The work of redemption is a great and mighty work, requiring both wisdom and power belonging only to God. And our Redeemer must be a person infinitely dear to God. In order for God to place infinite value upon the Redeemer’s work, the Redeemer himself must be infinitely dear to God, the Beloved One of his heart, the Apple of his eye, the Darling of his affections (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:9-10).
Right to Redeem
Our Redeemer must also be a person who has an absolute right to redeem. He must be one who is free of all personal obligation and responsibility. If he is a servant, or a subject, he has no right to redeem. He cannot merit anything. A servant has nothing of his own, no price to offer, and no merit before his Master. — Though Christ freely became Jehovah’s Servant to do his will in redeeming us, he is not in any way God’s subject. He is God’s equal, for Christ is God! He has the right to redeem.
And the Redeemer had to be a person of infinite love and grace. No one else would undertake a work so costly for a creature so worthless as man. — Behold, how he loved us!
Once more, the one chosen to be our Redeemer must be a person of infinite truth and faithfulness. He must be immutably true and unalterably faithful. Otherwise, he could not be trusted to carry on the great work to the horrible, ignominious death of the cross.
God the Father found in his Son a fit person to be our Redeemer and trusted the whole affair of redemption to him (Ephesians 1:12-13). The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who could honor and magnify the law, the only one who could glorify the triune God and save guilty sinners by the sacrifice of himself. And he did it!
This is great wisdom. God found a Redeemer for sinners in the Person of his dear Son. Be sure you understand this. The only fit person to be our Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Not only was there no other way for a holy God to save fallen man, but by the redemption that is in Christ, there is no other person who could be our Redeemer but Christ. The whole work must be on his shoulders alone!
No man could make atonement, because all are guilty. No angel could redeem, because all are finite. God the Father could not redeem us, because in the divine economy he is the One whose justice must be satisfied. God the Spirit could not redeem us, because he is the One by whom the blessings of redemption are conveyed to us, pleading the merits of the Redeemer.
Who but God, infinitely wise, could have thought to make Christ our Redeemer? Had God asked the heavenly angels, or the sons of Adam, whom he would create, where can a ransom be found? None could ever have found the Redeemer we must have. But, thank God, he found a Ransom! And the Ransom, the Redeemer he found is his own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
“Unto you therefore which believe He is precious!”
1 Peter 2:7
Pastor Frank Hall
There is only one thing in this world that sinners love more than free-grace—and that’s Jesus Christ, the sole Repository and sovereign Dispenser of that grace! Sinners most certainly rejoice in the gifts of God’s grace, but like Paul—the very chief of sinners—that rejoicing pales in comparison to the happiness they feel and express for that ultimate Gift, God’s most unspeakable Gift, Jesus Christ the Savior of sinners! Peter, the sinner, found great delight in his election, but his heart overflowed with “joy unspeakable and full of glory” at the thought of him in whom he was elected. Mary, that sinful woman, found tremendous comfort in “the unsearchable riches of Christ,” but her joy in the riches of Christ is not worthy to be compared with the bliss she experienced with every revelation of him who bestowed those riches on her poor soul. Abraham rejoiced to see Christ’s day, “and he saw it, and was glad,” but now in the presence of his glorified Savior his soul is beaming with “fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore.”
The Grace Bulletin
February 15, 2015
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail email@example.com
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
Television Broadcasts in Danville
Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 7:45 A.M.
Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.
Television Broadcasts in Harrodsburg
Channel 6 - Sunday Afternoon 3:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 6:00 P.M.