May 21, 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
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.
When from the dust of death I rise
To take my mansion in the skies
E’vn then shall this be all my plea
Jesus hath lived and died for me.
Bold shall I stand in that great day
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
While through Thy blood absolved I am
From sin’s tremendous curse and shame.
This spotless robe the same appear
While ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.
Oh let the dead now hear Thy voice
Bid, Lord, Thy banished ones rejoice
Their beauty this, their glorious dress
Jesus, the Lord, our Righteousness.
(Tune: “Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)
We extend our sincerest sympathy to the James Lynn family on the death of James’ father.
Congratulations to our 2017 High School graduate Rebekah Vincent! We will honor her after the service this evening. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE JUNE 13 - 15.
I will be preaching at the Grace Gospel Church in Apopka, FL next Sunday. Evan Ferrell will bring the Bible Study, Andy Davis the morning message and Missionary Daniel Parks the evening message.
24th – Sharron Nibert 27th – Thomas Kincer
AM – Jessica S., Debbie W. PM – Maybelle Wed. – Sharon V.
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” – Proverbs 16:2
“These things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” - I John 2:1
The Bible does not speak to other people. It speaks to me. It is not addressed to my old man. It does not speak to my new man. It is clear that believers have two distinct natures, the old man and the new man: that which is born of the flesh and that which is born of the Spirit – that which sins continually and that which does not sin. When he says, “These things write I unto you, that ye sin not,” I am not to think that my old man cannot not sin and my new man cannot sin - which man is he speaking to - my old man or my new man? The new man is me. And so is the old man. “These things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” We are wrong when we look to the old man as an excuse for sin or the new man as a reason to not be troubled by sin. The end for writing is that you sin not. But thank God for the second sentence in this verse, “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.”
JUDGE OR JUSTIFY?
There are two kinds of people in this world - those who judge God and those who justify God. Those who judge God are those who object to His way of salvation. They believe it could not be fair for Him to not give all people what they would call the same opportunity for salvation. How could it possibly be fair for God to choose some and pass by others? How could it be right for Christ to die only for the elect and not for all men? In doing this a sinful man sits in judgment upon the living God!
And there are those who justify God. They believe that whatever He does is right, because of who He is. If He does it, it is Just. He does not do something because it is right - it is right because He does it. They do not criticize His sovereignty. They bow to it.
What type of person are you? One who judges or one who justifies?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways,
saith the Lord, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” –
There is a threefold message contained within these verses that is unseen and misused by those who do not have God’s Word revealed to them.
First, God is on the Throne. There is one King, one Lord, and Master over all. His ways are holy, true, and always right; whether I agree with the providence of His ways or not. His master purpose is centered around His Son receiving all the honor and glory that is due unto His name. Can we say with John, “He must increase but I must decrease” ? God’s Sovereign purposes will always be accomplished. If we are ever given a glimpse of who He is, we will be thankful for His will always being done.
Second, His ways are High. Men’s ways are low. We may fair well in comparison to other men, but not so before God. Our sin and corruption is made manifest in the light of His presence. My ways and my thoughts, what I judge to be right and acceptable are utterly rejected by a Holy God. We may hold onto our self-espoused “good works”, but it will come at the price of our souls. May the Lord break our hearts and show us our great need of Christ and the accepted works He has already accomplished!
Third, to one who has seen His face and trust in His Person. You see your sin, vile nature, and inability to please God – we often think, I can see how He can love others….but how can He love me being the way I am? Here we find the believer languishing in the inabilities of the flesh! God cannot love you for you, but He can love Christ though, and if you are in Christ then He loves you just like He loves His Son – you are one with Him. Our fleshly thoughts of how He views us are so far from the reality of His great love for His people which He demonstrated by offering up the sin atonement sacrifice of His Son for His people who were ungodly sinners. “Your thoughts are not my thoughts, saith the Lord.” - Andy Davis
Someone once said, “Christianity, if true, is of infinite importance; if false, is of no importance. The one thing that it cannot be is moderately important.” The same is true with regard to the truth of sovereign grace! The same is true with regard to obedience to Christ. He is either all or nothing to me. I am either 100% for Him or 100% against Him. There really is no middle ground. The person who seeks to stay in the middle of the road will wind up in a head-on collision!