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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
April 19, 2015
Forgiveness is ours in exactly the same sense and exactly the same measure that it is Christ’s (1 Peter 4:1-2).
· The Sovereign Grace Assembly in Cornelius, NC will host a special meeting for the ordination of their pastor, Bro. Frank Hall, Friday – Sunday, May 1-3. The ordination service will be held on Saturday morning, May 2. Pastors Linwood Campbell and Don Fortner are scheduled to preach. The congregation meets at the Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Room at 19521 Liverpool Pkwy, Cornelius, NC 28031. To make reservations at the motel call 704 896-7622.
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Jenny Bartley (AM) Debbie Bartley (PM) Tuesday: Mindy Peterson
That Glorious Better Part — Don Fortner
(Tune: #66 — Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts — LM)
1. This is that glorious better part,
Most dear to each believer’s heart: —
Christ Jesus dwelling in the soul,
The sovereign Monarch of the whole.
He comes in mercy from above,
And enters by almighty grace,
The hearts of all His chosen race.
3. His Spirit plants His grace within;
There He subdues the power of sin,
Renews, transforms, and stores it well! —
And there He shall forever dwell.
4. Does Christ the Savior dwell in me? —
Then I shall endless glory see!
He is my Hope, in Him I rest,
In Christ I am forever blest!
“Whom we preach.” —How wonderful it would be, what good news to sinners, and how honoring to God if all those men who claim to speak for God would stop preaching what and start preaching “Whom,” the Lord Jesus Christ.
— Pastor Larry Criss
“Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh.”
“Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh,” because he knew Jehovah-jireh for himself and knew by experience his provision. The ram caught in the thicket had been provided as a substitute for Isaac. Not only had the Lord seen, but according to the promise made to Abraham’s faith, the Lord had provided. Even before he knew how this trial would end, Abraham confidently believed God, trusting him to provide what was needed (Romans 4:20). Isaac said, “Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham answered with confident faith, “My son, God will provide!”
In due time, God did just that. As these words were spoken prophetically by Abraham concerning Isaac and his substitute, they were also a direct prophecy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Substitute God has provided for sinners. Abraham was, by the Spirit of prophecy, saying to us, as God provided a substitute for Isaac, so he will provide a Substitute for all his covenant people in whom the Lord will be seen. That Substitute is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. He was also telling us that, as God provided for him in his time of extremity, so he will provide for all who trust him.
The God of Abraham lives today! He is the same today as he was in Abraham’s day. In the hour of Abraham’s great need, when there seemed to be no possible way of escape, the Lord appeared for him and was seen in the mount. So it shall be with all the children of Abraham. We shall be tried and tested, but in the hour of our utmost need our God will see us. Seeing our need, he will provide for us. And he will be seen in the provision he makes. The name of our God is Jehovah-jireh. He is worthy of absolute trust and confidence. The Lord Jehovah, is our Preserver and our Provider.
Let this truth be firmly fixed in your heart. — God’s provision for Abraham and Isaac typified the far greater provision of his grace, by which all believing sinners are delivered from sin and death. And God’s provision for us in Christ, by his death at Mt. Calvary, has given us the sure guarantee that all our necessities, both carnal and spiritual, shall be provided by him for both time and eternity. The richest person in the world is the one who is content. If a person is content, he can never be made richer or poorer. And those who have Christ ought to be perfectly content, because Christ is contentment! He who is Jehovah-jireh has promised, “I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:14). What blessed, heavenly logic Paul was inspired of God to use in Romans 8:32, when he asked, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” That is more than a promise; it is a conglomeration of promises. It is a mass of precious jewels, of rubies, and emeralds, and diamonds, with a nugget of gold for their setting. What can the Lord God deny us after giving us his own dear Son? If we need all things in heaven and earth, he will grant them to us. If there could be a limit anywhere, surely he would have kept back his own Son!
Jehovah-jireh — The Lord will See
Jehovah-jireh means “the Lord will see.” Jehovah-jireh tells us that the Lord will see our great need. God constantly sees the needs of his children and provides for them. The provision of the ram to die in the stead of Isaac was the significant type that was before Abraham’s eye when he called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh.
Our Lord Jesus tells us that “Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). Surely, if ever Abraham saw Christ’s day and was made to rejoice for it, it was at that moment when the Lord God provided a substitute for Isaac. Whether he understood the full meaning of what he said is not important. He spoke by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, not for himself, but for us. Every word he uttered was for our instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11).
The teaching of the type is this: God, in the gift of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, made full provision for all the needs of his people. He sees us in our need, because of our own sin, and provides for all our needs in his Son. The Lord graciously beheld the needs of his sinful people long before we were even aware that we had any needs before him. The law of God demanded our punishment (Galatians 3:10). The gates of hell were opened wide, ready to swallow us up into perdition. We were perishing, dead spiritually and condemned to die eternally. But our great, good and merciful God beheld our need and intervened to save us by his free grace (Ephesians 2:5-9; Ezekiel 16:6-8). Just when Isaac was in imminent danger of death, the Lord stepped in to deliver him. The knife was lifted up by the resolute hand. Isaac was but a second from death when the angelic voice was heard, saying, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad” (Genesis 22:12). God provided when the need pressed urgen tly.
So it was with us. When God saw that the world had come into a state of great danger and misery, he sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law. God sent his Son into the world that the world through him might be saved (John 3:17). “In due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). “When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son” (Galatians 4:4).
The same thing is true in the experience of grace in conversion. It is not until men and women know themselves as sinners, lying at hell’s door, with the anguish of their guilt and sin crushing them down into eternal ruin, that God the Holy Ghost reveals Christ, the sinner’s Substitute. No man will ever be saved until he is lost. No one will ever be clothed until he is stripped. No one will ever be filled until he is emptied. Christ comes only to those who need him. But, blessed be his name forever, he always comes to those who need him!
The Grace Bulletin
April 19, 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.