Let us sing the King Messiah, King of righteousness and peace;
Hail Him, all ye ransomed people, never let His praises cease.
How transcendent are Thy glories, fairer than the sons of men;
While Thy bless’ed intercession brings us back to God again.
Majesty combined with meekness, righteousness and peace unite;
Look, my soul, be still and wonder; grant us, Lord, Thy glorious light.
Blest are all who touch Thy sceptre, blest are all that know Thy name;
Grace hath put us in the number of the Saviour’s family.
“I will love Thee, O LORD, my strength.The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:1-2)
10:00 Bible Study:Video sermon by Ken Wimer
11:00 Service:Speaker, Mark Pannell, Eager Avenue Grace Church
Birthdays:Alisha Jackson – August 07
“And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock Iwillbuildmy church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”
Christ made a bold statement to His disciples: ‘I will build my church’ (Matt 16:18). The term ‘church’ means called out ones. It was used of an assembly or congregation. The church is not an organization or a denomination. The church is a baptized body of believers.
In veiled language, the Lord spoke often of His church. She was the prepared ground in the parable of the sower and the seed (Matt 13:3-9). She was the treasure hid in the field and the pearl of great price (13:44-46). His declaration to Peter in Matthew 16:18 tells us what His mission was. He left heaven to redeem and deliver a people from their charges of sin, and He did it. He promised to assemble them together and preach the gospel to them, and that He is doing today. He promised to deliver them BY THE GOSPEL and to deliver them TO THE GOSPEL, which is the Spirit’s work to do regarding His Church in full accord with what Christ accomplished atCalvary.
DAVID SIMPSON- ProvidenceChurch, Powell, TN.
A JUST GOD AND SAVIOR
“Who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me,” Isaiah 45:21
There can be no salvation of sinners on any other basis than the just satisfaction of God’s righteousness. God’s righteousness is the cause of which salvation is the effect! It was based on the foreseen satisfaction of God’s law and justice in the coming, doing, and dying of the Lord Jesus that the Psalmist declared, “Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of THY RIGHTEOUSNESS,” Psalm 51:14.
The righteousness of God was satisfied on behalf of elect sinners in a two-fold manner at the cross- their sins discharged to the Savior, and His perfect obedience charged (imputed) simultaneously to their account. This righteous satisfaction at the cross was accomplished according to God’s eternal purpose and decree, and the effect is the actual salvation of every one for whom Christ died. Since law and justice have been satisfied, there remains nothing but the sure salvation of ALL for whom Christ died.
KEN WIMER, Pastor of Shreveport Grace Church
“The Elect’s Propitiation: Jesus Christ THE Righteous”
When most religious people speak about the death of Christ, their words reveal they have little or no respect for the holiness, justice, or the grace ofGod. They speak of Christ suffering, bleeding, and dying for ALL MEN AND WOMEN WITHOUT EXCEPTION, including those who at present are suffering eternal torment in hell.They would never admit it, but they accuse the true and living God of something our own legal system would never allow: DOUBLE JEOPARDY!Their doctrine (teaching) declares Christ suffered the penalty of sin for every man, i.e., ETERNAL CONDEMNATION-“The wages of sin are death” (Rom.6:23a), and then God turns around and punishes some people for the EXACT SAME SINS Christ suffered for at Calvary. This kind of theology unwittingly charges God with injustice.Actually if this were true, God is found to be the cruelest of all because He would have NEEDLESSLY punished His Son who is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heaven’s” (Heb.7:26). When you point out this reasonable argument, they immediately say:“The difference between the sinner who is in hell and the one who goes to heaven is that one BELIEVES, and the other doesn’t BELIEVE.”Let the Apostle Paul answer this foolish statement-“Not by works of righteousness (INCLUDING OUR GOOD WORKS OR OUR FAITH) which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”(Tit.3:5) “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness (THE HOLINESS OR SATISFACTION TO LAW AND JUSTICE REQUIRED TO ALLOW A SINNER TO CONTINUE IN GOD’S PRESENCE) come by the law (by any sinner’s obedience or faith), THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.(Gal.2:21)
Surely when we speak of the redemptive work of Christ at Calvary for those He represented, we venture onto holy ground and must with great care seek to honor every attribute of God’s redemptive character as both a “just God”, who will not overlook the least of sin in the best of men, and “a Savior”, who delights to show mercy and grace in a way that is consistent with His holy nature.The Apostle John wrote of Christ’s work at Calvary as a PROPITIATION-“And He is the PROPITIATION for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”(I Jn.2:2)John didn’t write that Christ was trying to be the “propitiation” (satisfaction to both the penalty and precept of God’s holy law) for every man, woman and child. Rather, He clearly declared Christ “IS” the “propitiation for OURSINS.”(Those He represented or THE ELECT).When we read of propitiation in the Scriptures, it always involves perfect satisfaction andreconciliation through an appropriate sacrifice. The Greek word for “propitiation” is used three times in the New Testament, and in every case it always declares Christ and His righteousness ALONE as the hope of our being propitiated (declared legally righteous and holy) to God-(Read Rom.3:25; I Jn.2:2;I Jn.4:10)Christ’s life, death, and resurrection weren’t an attempt by God to make men savable, if theyfulfilled certain conditions, even INCLUDING FAITH.It was His actual accomplishment of the justification ofEVERY ELECTSINNER who Christ represented by His obedience unto death at Calvary.May we always honor this glorious work of Redemption with our words and our works!
Richard Warmack, Pastor of Grace Baptist in Ruston, La.