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January 7, 2018
“In the beginning God” — Those four words show us that the Lord our God is the Creator, Ruler, and Disposer of all things.
Happy Birthday! Emily Rice-8th
Happy Anniversary: Merle & Charlotte Hart-10th
Nursery Duty This Week
Elizabeth Peterson (AM) — Stephanie Wilkerson (PM) Tuesday: Diane Campbell
Altogether Lovely — Don Fortner
(Tune: #355 — From Every Stormy Wind that Blows —LM)
1. Let Zion’s children all proclaim,
Our precious Savior’s worthy name.
He’s wise and holy, just and true,
And altogether lovely too.
2. His head like gold, comely His cheeks,
His heart is love, His lips most sweet;
And all who know Him love to sing
Of Christ our Savior, God, and King!
3. Eternal deity He claims,
Reveals Himself in lovely names,
He lived, and died, and reigns for us! —
He’s altogether lovely thus.
4. His loveliness, by grace revealed,
The sinner’s broken heart can heal.
So, sound His lovely name abroad, —
Our altogether lovely Lord.
5. Up to His throne we soon shall go,
More of His loveliness to know.
With ransomed millions we’ll declare,
He’s altogether lovely there!
Confess Christ — If God has given you faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you should publicly confess your faith in and allegiance without delay to him in believer’s baptism.
The Righteousness Imputed
I was recently asked, “What is that righteousness that God imputes to his elect?” I know that some make a strict separation between what theologians call “the active obedience” of Christ in his life and his “passive obedience” in death. I really do not like those expressions, and use them here only to represent what men say. Our Lord’s obedience in death was no more passive than that of his life. Our blessed Savior’s death was but the consummation of his obedience as our Surety. He was not passive. He laid down his life for his sheep.
But what is the righteousness of God that is imputed to us? The righteousness imputed to God’s elect, the righteousness of God made ours in Christ (Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21), obviously is not God’s attribute of righteousness; but that righteousness God requires of, performed for, and gives to his elect, is the righteousness Christ the God-man brought in (Daniel 9:24) by his obedience unto death, both the righteousness of complete obedience to God and of perfect propitiation in the satisfaction of divine justice (Matthew 5:20).
Life in Christ
Missionary Lance Hellar
The promise of grace in the new covenant, ratified by the precious blood of Christ (Luke 22:20), is a promise of mercy, forgiveness, and righteousness (Hebrews 8:12). This covenant is also a promise of indwelling wisdom which will lead the people of God into all truth such that, “none of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying ‘Know the Lord’, for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them” (John 16:13, Hebrews 8:11). This knowledge isn’t obtained by learning the external words written on two tablets of stone but is an internal knowledge, in the heart, and in the mind (Hebrews 8:10). This promise of the new covenant is nothing less than the indwelling of Christ through his Spirit. The Apostle Paul speaks of the Christian life in this way,
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).
This statement is a crystalized declaration of the experiential life of the believer. In Paul’s mind, the life that he lives as a believer has nothing to do with the law but has everything to do with Christ and him crucified. In speaking about the Christian life Paul relates it to Christ crucified, the indwelling of Christ, life lived by faith in Christ, and the love of Christ manifested in giving himself for Paul. This is life in Christ. This is the life lived by everyone who believes in Jesus.
“The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.” (Jeremiah 51:10)
Christ Jesus is made of God unto us righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30). “For he hath made him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The righteousness which the Lord God makes redeemed sinners to become, the righteousness by which we are accepted and with which we are made worthy of heavenly glory (Colossians 1:12) is always called “the righteousness of God.” It is the work of Christ alone. It is that righteousness of which all men by nature are ignorant. And the proof of their ignorance is that they go about to establish their own righteousness (Romans 9:33-10:4).
According to the Book of God, it is the life obedience of Christ that constitutes that righteousness with which we are clothed and made to become before God. His death washed away our sins; and his life covers us from head to foot. His death was the sacrifice to God, and his life is the gift to man. By his obedience in life and in death, God’s elect have satisfied the demands of the law.
Only in this way is it possible for the law to be honored and our souls accepted by God. Many who appear to be perfectly clear about the merits of Christ’s death do not seem to understand the merits of his life. Remember, from the moment that our blessed Savior broke his mother’s womb, until the hour that he ascended up on high, he was at work for his people. From the moment that he was seen in Mary’s arms, until the moment that he was in the arms of death, when “he bowed his head and gave up the ghost,” he was performing the work of our salvation.
The Lord Jesus Christ completed the work of his obedience in his life, and said to his Father, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4). Then he finished the work of his atonement in his death. And, knowing that all things were accomplished, he cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Throughout his earthly life, the Savior was spinning the fabric of that royal, priestly garment in which we are robed; and in his death he dipped that garment in his blood. In his life he was gathering precious gold; and in his death he hammered it out to make for us a garment of wrought gold. We have as much to be thankful for in the life of Christ as we do in his death. In his life Christ Jesus rendered perfect obedience to the law as our Substitute. And in his death he satisfied the claims of the law as our Substitute. Therefore, the prophet of God declares of Christ, “This is the name whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness,” and of us, “This is the name whereby she shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness.”
That is the message that is set before us in 2nd Corinthians 5:21. The Lord Jesus Christ is our only righteousness, and it is our joy to confess that he is. — “Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).
Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — Email Don@DonFortner.com
Schedule of Regular Services
Sunday 10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Services
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
Tuesday 7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service