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November 16, 2014 Bulletin

Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right.” (Gen. 18:25)

This is what Abraham said to the Lord when he found out the Lord was going to destroy Sodom. Abraham had prayed that Sodom might be preserved for the sake of ten righteous men. Abraham was sure of this…whatever the Lord does is right! He does not do it because it is right, it is right because He does it!  There are so many questions that arise in our mind. “Why did the Lord let that happen?” “Why does it seem that so few are saved?” What happens to infants and mentally disabled people when they die?” We could go on and on with questions that arise in all of our minds. But there is no need to become stressed concerning any of them because we have this blessed assurance. “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right.” Yes, He shall! Whatever He does is right. I may not understand what He is doing, but I do understand that whatever He does, and however He does it, is right.                                                                                                                                                  —-Pastor Todd Nibert

We are not justified by the Law

The Scriptures distinctly teaches us that we are not justified by the law nor is the law a rule of life. That which can only curse can never justify and that which can only kill can never be a rule of life (Romans 3.20). Both the Jews who had received the law and the Gentiles who had never had the law were now to be saved through grace (Acts 15:11). Not only were they to be saved by grace, but also they were to stand in grace (Romans 5:2) and to “grow in grace” (II Peter 3:18).

All who seek to put believers under the law are tearing down the very foundations of the Christian faith. Listen to the strong words which came from the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:12. “I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”(Galatians 5:12) It is as clear as the noonday sun that the law is neither the ground of life to the sinner nor the rule of life to the Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ is both the one and the other, He is our life and our rule of life. The law can only curse and kill, Christ is our life and righteousness. He became our curse by hanging on a tree. He went down into the place of death and judgment and by his death completely discharged all that was or could be against us “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”                                                                                          —By Scott Richardson

THE NEW BIRTH

There are many old houses in our little town. At one time it became very popular for people to buy those old houses and restore them.  Often people would remove walls to make bigger, nicer rooms.  They would replace all of the windows and doors. They would put a fresh coat of paint inside and out.  Do you know what they had when they were finished?  They had an 80 year old house with fresh paint and new windows and doors.

Most people think that the new birth is the same as remodeling an old house.  They could not be more wrong.  The new birth is not the remodeling or rejuvenating of the old nature.  Adam’s nature that we are born with is ruined.  It is beyond repair and cannot be remodeled.  We must be made new.  We must be born again (John 3:7).

When God the Holy Spirit moves in power, He does not remodel the old man, He causes God’s elect to be born again.  The new birth is the birth of a new man who never existed before.  The new man bears the image of our heavenly Father just as the old man bears the image of our earthly father Adam. The old man is born from Adam’s sinful seed, so he is sinful just like his father Adam. The new man is born from new seed – the incorruptible Word of God, so the new man that is born in a believer is holy and righteous just like our heavenly Father. The old man has eyes that only see earthly things.  The new man has new eyes that see and understand spiritual things.  The old man has ears that can only hear earthly tones.  The new man has ears that hear God speak through His Word.  The old man has hands and feet that are swift to do evil (Roman 3:15). The new man has hands and feet that are swift to serve and follow Christ.  The old man has a dead, corrupt heart that is not capable of believing or loving Christ.  The new man has a new heart that is only capable of believing and loving Christ.

Remodeling may be good for an old house, but the old house of my flesh is beyond repair and is only good to be buried under ground.  I need a new man, born from above, who believes and loves Christ, who is “made meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12).                                                                                            –Pastor Frank Tate

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“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”                                                 Isaiah 41:10

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Powerful, supernatural, irresistible, mighty, overwhelming, constraining!

    We declare on scriptural authority that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit no one will ever be constrained toward Christ.

A man is not saved against his will, but he is made willing by the operation of the Holy Spirit. A mighty grace which he does not wish to resist enters into the man, disarms him, makes a new creature of him, and he is saved.

If I did not believe that there was a might going forth with the word of Jesus which makes men willing and which turns them from the error of their ways by the mighty, overwhelming, constraining force of divine influence, I should cease to glory in the cross of Christ.                                                                                                                                                       —C.H. Spurgeon
                                          Luke 19: 5 And when Jesus came to the place,

What place?  Where Zacchaeus was. The whole time Zacchaeus thinks he is wanting to seek and find out who this man Christ is, Christ is coming to seek him. Christ knows who he is, he knows where he is, and it says Christ came to the place. The reason he went through Jericho, was to save blind Bartimaeus and this rich man, this rich publican, Zacchaeus.  This did not happen by chance or by accident. Our Lord came to this place on purpose.  I can see our Lord walking up to the bottom of that tree and he knows exactly who is in that tree. So our Lord and all the people around him walk right to this place and our Lord looks up and sees  Zacchaeus.  His desire was to seek Christ and Christ was coming to seek him.  Our Lord saw Zacchaeus from all eternity.  He always had his eye of mercy upon him.  He knew who he was, he knew what he had done, he knew exactly who Zacchaeus was and he came to this man. Why to this man?  Christ knows exactly where you are and if you are his he will find you. You may be just looking out of curiosity, you may not even be looking but he is looking for you.  He came to seek and to save that which is lost.  It doesn’t matter what tree you are up in.  Our Lord saw Zacchaeus before Zacchaeus ever saw the Lord. He didn’t know which one was Jesus. They didn’t carry Jesus upon poles like you see a lot of men today who are in prominence; he is walking and doesn’t look any different than anybody else in the crowd.  How does he know which one Jesus is?  You can see him looking around saying surely he is going to stand out, surely he is going to have something on that everybody is going to recognize him. No, he looked like everybody else. I can see him looking around and go well where is he at? Christ is standing at the bottom of the tree looking at him.  And that is how salvation is.  You are looking to see something different.  He’s the Godman, there is nothing about him that we were attracted to him physically.  And before we know it, he is standing there looking at us.  And we don’t know who he is until he speaks.                                                                                                                                                           —Mike Walker