January 15, 2017
Sundays 9:00 am WKYT Channel 27-2
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
Prepare me, gracious God
To stand before Thy face
Thy Spirit must the work perform
For it is all of grace.
In Christ’s obedience clothe
And wash me in His blood
So shall I lift my head with joy
Among the sons of God.
Do Thou my sin subdue
Thy Sovereign love make known
The Spirit of my mind renew
And save me in Thy Son.
Let me attest Thy power
Let me Thy goodness prove
Till my full soul can hold no more
Of everlasting love!
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p.188)
I am preaching for the Grace Gospel Church in Apopka, Florida today and will return Thursday. Andy Davis will bring both messages today and Don Fortner will preach Wednesday evening.
15th – Mike Rigsby 16th – Kelli Harries
17th – Aiden Carver 19th – Amanda DuFour
Christ in me and me in Christ. Throw the thimble in the ocean. The thimble is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the thimble.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” - Proverbs 20:1
Many people understand imputation like this: God imputes the righteousness of His Son to me so that I have a legal righteous standing before God even though I am not really righteous. Such a view is dishonoring to God! In I Corinthians 4:1, Paul said, “Let a man so account us as ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” The word account is the same Greek word that is translated impute. Paul is not telling us to account him a servant and a steward even though he really is not a servant and a steward. Impute this to me because that is what I am. We have righteousness imputed to us because we are righteous!
All that Christ died for have no sin, no guilt, and are perfectly righteous before God. When Paul said, “Reckon (impute) yourselves to be dead to sin”, it was not that we are to reckon ourselves to be dead unto sin though we really are not. By Christ’s work on our behalf we are dead to sin! It has nothing to say to us. That is realized by faith.
The story is told of a certain old pastor who was disturbed greatly because one of his dear brethren was getting too involved in other things and was absent from the worship services. One Sunday evening at the close of the service, the pastor went to his friend’s house and found him sitting before an open fire. Somewhat startled by the appearance of his pastor (who spoke not a word), the man pulled up another chair before the fire, waiting for words of rebuke from his visitor; but none came. The minister took his seat before the fire and silently took the tongs and lifted a glowing coat from the midst of its fellows and LAID IT BY ITSELF ON THE HEARTH. Remaining silent, both men watched the blaze die and the coal grow dark. Then the truant brother opened his mouth and said, “You need not say a word, pastor; I will be there Wednesday night.” - Henry Mahan
Should the saints fear death? Richard Baxter said, “If a man that is desperately sick today believed he should arise sound the next morning; or a man in poverty had assurance that tomorrow he should arise a prince; would they be afraid to go to bed? - Maurice Montgomery
BLOOD AND WINE
Romans 11:6 tells us salvation is all of grace, and none of works. Any mixture, and grace is no longer grace. This is declared all through the Old and New Testaments. Just look at the first of the 10 plagues on Egypt in the Old Testament. Moses (law) turned the river of water into blood (death). Christ (grace) turned the pots of water into wine (sweet Gospel). Both were great miracles only God could perform, but one is unto death, the other unto life. “…..For the letter (covenant of works) killeth, but the spirit (covenant of grace) giveth life” (II Cor. 3:6).
We should continually praise God that we are not under law, but under grace! And that we are become dead to the law by the body of Christ! Dead sinners dead to the law by the death of Christ. Only our Wise God could bring eternal life out of so much death.
“Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are YOU in mine hand.” (Jeremiah 18; Isaiah 64:8; Romans 9:21)
Let those who will, argue about the “extent” of God’s sovereignty or the “degree” of man’s ability, but not with me. I’ve been to the “potter’s house.” They are merely discussing a DOCTRINE, but I am talking about REALITY! Leave me alone, you who have “a form of godliness but deny the power thereof” (II Tim. 3:5; II Peter 2:1; Jude 3, 4). For one to deny the absolute Sovereignty of God is no less than a denial of the existence of One who is God! - Maurice Montgomery
The true measure of whether a person really believes the Gospel of God’s sovereign, free grace in Christ, is not merely when he sees its doctrines in the Scriptures, especially those of Divine Sovereignty in election, the particular and effectual redemption of Christ, and the invincible call of the Holy Spirit. Nor is it when he gives mental assent that they are true (though both are vital). The true measure is when he sees them as necessary for his own salvation! “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” - Charles Pennington