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A few more nights, then everlasting day! A little more pain, then endless pleasure! Just a few more sleepless nights, then eternal rest! Just a little more trouble, then everlasting ease! Just a little more dying, then eternal life!
· Pastor Donnie Bell and I are scheduled to preach Friday through Sunday for Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in New Caney, Texas, where Bro. Joseph Murphy is pastor.
Happy Birthday! Jerry Sadler-20th Charlie Meadows-22nd
Nursery Duty Today — Debbie Bartley
The Lord our Righteousness — Don Fortner
(Tune: When I can Read my Title Clear — CM)
1. Sinners condemned by Sinai’s law,
And sunk. in deep distress,
To Calv’ry look, and comfort draw
From Christ our Righteousness.
2. This is the name by which He’s known,
The name His saints confess.
We look on Him and humbly own —
“The Lord our Righteousness.”
3. Our title just, our pardon sealed,
Our spotless wedding dress,
Both grace and glory are revealed
In Christ, our Righteousness.
4. By faith He gives, sinners may claim,
(O blessed gift of grace!)
Eternal life in Jesus’ name, —
“The Lord our Righteousness!”
The Faithful Servant and the Evil One
In that last great day, when Christ comes again, every faithful servant of God shall be publicly recognized, honored, and rewarded by Christ; and every false prophet shall be publicly exposed and damned.
A Faithful Pastor
First, our Lord gives us a brief description of his faithful servants (vv. 45-47). While this text may be properly applied to all God’s saints in their various capacities in this world, for all true believers are the servants of God, it speaks specifically of pastors and tells us four things about that man who is called and gifted of God to preach the gospel to his people.
1. His Character — “Faithful.” — God’s servants are, above all else, faithful men. Some are highly gifted, some less. Some are very educated, some not very educated. Some are very sociable, some not so sociable. But they are all faithful to God, his gospel, and his people.
2. His Position — “Ruler over his household.” — God’s servants are not lords over God’s heritage. They have no desire for that responsibility. But they do rule the house of God, just as a faithful husband and father rules his house (1 Timothy 3:5; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:7, 17). As there can only be one husband in a family, there can only be one pastor (overseer and spiritual ruler) in a local church.
3. His Work — “To give them meat in due season.” — Every gospel preacher feeds the church of God with the sweet meat of free grace, with knowledge and understanding, as he is himself taught of God (Jeremiah 3:15).
4. His Reward (vv. 46-47). There are rewards for faithful service, both in this world and in the world to come. These are not rewards of debt, but of grace; not according to the rules of law, but of love. Old John Trapp said, “Christ is a liberal pay-master, and his retributions are more than bountiful.”
While there is no indication anywhere in Scripture that there are degrees of reward among the saints in heaven, we are encouraged to faithfulness by the promise of it being rewarded by our God. As faithfulness honors God, God honors faithfulness. In this world, faithfulness in one form of service is rewarded by greater opportunities of service. Faithfulness in small things is rewarded by being given greater things (Luke 19:17). In the world to come, we shall inherit all the bounty of life everlasting and see the results of our faithfulness around the throne of our God!
The Unfaithful Servant
The unfaithful servant is also described by four things (vv. 48-51).
1. His Presumption — “My lord delayeth his coming.” — Being an unbeliever, he soon grows weary of waiting upon the Lord.
2. His Abuse (v. 49). His abuses are two: 1st, He beats his fellow servants. He puts them under the law. Rather than comforting them (Isaiah 40:1-2), he threatens and beats them. 2nd, He lives for pleasure, to the gratification of his lusts, rather than for the glory of God and the good of men’s souls. False prophets, rather than serving Christ and his people, serve themselves.
3. His Surprise (v. 50). When the Master comes, he will take the self-serving prophet of deceit by surprise.
4. His Ruin (v. 51). Pretending to be the servant of God while serving Satan and himself, he shall justly have his portion with hypocrites in hell.
The Green Pastures Bleed Red
Pastor Paul Mahan
Once while walking in a green pasture after a rainstorm, I looked down at my feet and noticed red water coming up wherever my feet made an impression. Such is the nature of Virginia soil, that, even in green pastures, the red clay will somehow be revealed, especially after a good rain. The “green pastures” spoken of by the psalmist (23:2) is the Word of God. And upon walking through His Word, if God the Holy Spirit is pleased to shower a blessing upon you and anoint your steps, you will find that the green pastures bleed red. Such is the nature, the sum and substance, the rhyme and reason of all Scripture. — The Blood! — The Blood! — The Blood! As Moses took the blood of the sacrifice and “sprinkled both the book, and all the people” (Hebrews 9:19), so has God covered every page of His book (and His people) with the blood of His Son. As you study God’s Word, if your feet are “shod with the preparation of the gospel” and you ponder the path of your feet, you will find that the ground of all your hope, and the foundation upon which you stand is red; for — “It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul!”
“I will Write upon Him My New Name”
Our Savior promises to make every believer a pillar in the temple of God, a permanent and vital part of his temple. He promises to give us assurance that we belong to God and are by grace, through his righteousness and blood atonement, rightful heirs of the kingdom of God, writing upon us the name of God and the name of the city of God. Then, he says, “I will write upon him my new name.”
I find only one name in the Bible that can be called a new or acquired name for Christ. His new name, the name which he acquired by his obedience to the Father as our Substitute is “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:6). This is the name he writes upon his people, the name by which we are rightfully called. — “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 33:16), for we have been made the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Grace Bulletin
February 16, 2020
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