January 28, 2018
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
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)
The preacher’s class will meet this Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 10:00am.
30th = Jonathan Holbrook 2nd – Sam Elliott 3rd – James Carver
“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” - Proverbs 15:33
God does not offer. God does not invite. God commands. If God offers forgiveness or invites sinners to be saved, that means that salvation depends ultimately on your acceptance or rejection of the offer or invitation. That is salvation by works. Knit picking? No. Salvation that is in any way to any degree dependent on me to do anything will not save me! “Thou hast given commandment to save me” (Psalm 71:3). With His command comes the strength to obey the command. It takes grace to receive grace. “Of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16).
The first beatitude is, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Having nothing before God is never to be graduated from, and if we do, we are of the Laodiceans spirit…. “Rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” This is the church of which Christ said, “You are lukewarm” and “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” I never want to leave being poor, because only when we have nothing of our own that Christ is All. It is a blessed thing to be poor.
Contending for the Truth against the errors of modern religion is the duty of God’s servants. I hope our spirit is one of genuine love to all the chosen of God; but today’s rule of charity which requires us to keep silent on certain points in order to avoid controversy, I utterly despise. It is treason to the Lord Jesus to be silent on any point where He has spoken and the honor of His Gospel is concerned. It is easy on the flesh to deal in generalities, to denounce hyper-this or hyper-that, and to claim to be a friend to all; but it is required of the loyal servant of King Jesus to maintain His crown-rights and to stand up for His Gospel of Glory and Grace. - Henry Mahan
All who are justified are debt free before God’s holy law. But that does not mean we are no longer in debt. How indebted we are to our Father who chose us, our Saviour who redeemed us, and the spirit who gave us life! And we are debtors to all men, to tell them how God can be just and justify the ungodly. Oh, to live in this world as a debt-free debtor!
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?
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!
The Scripture encourages the believer to trust and hope in the mercy of God at all time! It does not say, “If any man is holy, prayerful, and always faithful, he has an advocate,” but it says, ‘If any man SIN, he has an advocate with the Father.” It does not say, “If any man sins, he forfeits his right to Christ’s advocacy.” Grace that can be forfeited because of human failure is not grace at all. Mercy that is conditioned on the merit of the creature is not mercy at all. If my title to glory rests upon my works either BEFORE OR AFTER, conversion is a total failure. The Scripture declares that at all times, under all circumstances, Jesus Christ is our righteousness, our sanctification, our advocate, our redemption. So, when I sin, when I consider my past or present and come creeping into my closet with a guilty conscience and aching heart, I can rejoice in the mercy of my Father, for I have an advocate – Jesus Christ the Righteous! - Henry Mahan