March 8, 2015
Sundays 7:00 am Channel 27 WKYT
It is requested that all children under the age of five stay in our nursery
so there will be no distractions during the preaching of the Gospel.
HYMN OF THE DAY
Glory to God on High!
Let earth to heav’n reply – Praise ye His name!
Angels His love adore –Who all our sorrows bore
And saints cry evermore, WORTHY THE LAMB!
All they around the throne
Cheerfully join in one – Praising His name!
We who have know His blood – Sealing our peace with God
Sound His dear name abroad, WORTHY THE LAMB!
Though we must change our place
Yet shall we never cease – Praising His name!
To Him our tribute bring – Hail Him our sovereign King
And without ceasing sing, WORTHY THE LAMB!
(Tune: “Come Thou Almighty King” p. 6)
5th – Savannah Tate 8th – Clare Charron 11th – Bill Dent
12th – Chance Borders 13th – Renee Brice 13th – Nick Creamer
13th – Isaac Hands 14th – Aaron Greenleaf
Sunday AM - *Jessica C., Jennifer D., Kelly B., Peggy M. PM – Grace, Lauren K. Wednesday – Allison, Rachel H.
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.” - Proverbs 10:2
“Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
These were men who had lost their lives for His sake: who loved not their lives even unto death; people who counted not their lives dear unto themselves. They did not play it safe, or refrain from doing or saying things that would expose them to ill will, loss, or even death. Such was the name of Christ to them, that whatever promoted His glory was done, without regard to cost or consequence. Oh, that you and I would be such risk-takers, because of the love we have to that Name which makes us perfect in God’s sight.
“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, and give thanks
at the remembrance of His holiness.” - Psalm 30:4
This is something that only a believer can do. An unbeliever may articulate the words, but he cannot in his heart actually thank God at the remembrance of His holiness. All natural men hate the holiness of God. This was demonstrated when the one time Holiness walked on this earth, and God permitted men to do what they wanted to do, they nailed Him to a tree! But the believer can from the depths of his heart thank God at the remembrance of His holiness. The believer has been given a holy nature that loves holiness. The unbeliever has a dread of holiness because he thinks the holiness of God can only condemn him. But the believer understands that the holiness of God demands his salvation. Sin has been paid for! Justice has been satisfied. The holiness of God is not against the believer. It is for the believer! Therefore we can truly “Give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.”
God is not made of many parts that combine to make the whole. He is not part gracious, part just, part merciful, part sovereign. No, he is 100% gracious, He is 100% just, he is 100% merciful, He is 100% sovereign. In every one of His most excellent attributes He is 100%. God is not compound – God is simple. He is not a mixture of things that come together to make God. We see Him too human if we see Him any other way.
The thing I become more convinced of with time, experience, and hopefully by grace is my inability and His ability, my weakness and His strength, my powerlessness and His power. Truer words have never been spoken, “Without Me, ye can do nothing.” But these words are equally true, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
HOW WAS JESUS CHRIST MADE OF GOD TO BE SIN FOR US?
How was Jesus Christ made of God to be sin for us? – Even so as if Himself had committed all our sins; that they were as really charged upon Him as if Himself had been the actor and committer of them all. “He hath made Him to be sin”, not only as a sinner, but as sin itself. Some, indeed, will not have Jesus Christ our Lord to be made sin for us. Their wicked reasons think this to be wrong judgment in the Lord. It seems, supposing that because they cannot imagine how it should be, therefore God, if He does it, must do it at His peril, and must be charged with doing wrong judgment, and so things that become not His heavenly Majesty. But against this duncish sophistry we set Paul and Isaiah, the one telling us still, “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” and the other that, “God hath made Him to be sin for us.”
But these men, as I suppose, think it enough for Christ to die under that notion only, not knowing nor feeling the burden of sin and the wrath of God due thereto. These make Him as senseless in His dying, and as much without reason, as a silly sheep or goat, who also died for sin, but so as in name, in show, in shadow only. They felt not the proper weight, guilt and judgment of God for sin. But thou, sinner, who art so in thine own eyes, and who feelest guilt in thine own conscience, know thou that Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God in flesh, was made to be sin for thee, or stood sensibly guilty of all thy sins before God, and bare them in His own body upon the cross.
God charged our sins upon Christ and that in their guilt and burden. What remaineth but the charge was real or feigned? If real, then He hath either perished under them, or carried them away from before God. If they were charged but feignedly, then did He but feignedly die for them, then shall we have but feigned benefit by His death, and but a feigned salvation at last – not to say how this cursed doctrine chargeth God and Christ with hypocrisy, the one in saying, He made Christ to be sin; the other in saying that He bare our sin; when, in deed and in truth, our guilt and burden never was really upon Him. – John Bunyan
I have no doubt that self-righteousness is the greatest problem we have. It is not our sin that keeps us from Christ. It is our righteousness. This is the most deceptive of all sins! The deceit of this sin is so subtle, that we can even commit a sin, and comfort ourselves by thinking, “At least that is not as bad as self-righteousness”, thus making our sin a ground of righteousness! The sin of self-righteousness will attack us from every angle.