‚ÄúIn the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.‚ÄĚ (Proverbs 12:28)
PRAISE THE BLESSED LAMB OF GOD TUNE: ‚ÄúTHERE IS A FOUNTAIN‚ÄĚ CM/DOUBLE WORDS BY JIM BYRD
1. Let all who trust the Son of God, Remember Calvary. Behold Who died upon that tree, From sin to set us free. ‚ÄėTwas Jesus Christ, the promised Lamb, Who suffered in our place; Sure never was such mercy seen, Such boundless love and grace.
2. O see Him fastened to the cross, His nail-pierced hands and feet; In Jesus Christ our Substitute, God‚Äôs love and justice meet. The Father charged unto His Son, Our sinfulness and shame; And Jesus was responsible For all our guilt and blame.
3. ‚ÄėTwas by the Savior‚Äôs sacrifice, The law was satisfied; And sin was fully washed away, When Jesus bled and died. Now seated on His sovereign throne, He evermore shall reign; So praise the bless-ed Lamb of God, Who for our sins was slain.
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 130 Daily Readings: September 30-October 6 Sunday - Zechariah 8-14 Monday - Malachi 1-4 Tuesday - Matthew 1-4 Wednesday- Matthew 5-6 Thursday - Matthew 7-9 Friday - Matthew 10-11 Saturday - Matthew 12
THE SIN OF GOD‚ÄôS PEOPLE Though God sees sin in His people with His eye of omniscience, yet not with His eye of revenging justice. Though He sees them, in respect of His providence, which reaches all things, yet not in respect of justification. Though He takes notice of His people‚Äôs sins so as to chastise them in a fatherly way, for their good; yet He does not see them, take notice of them, and observe them in a judicial way, so as to impute them to them, or require satisfaction for them. ‚ÄúGod was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them‚ÄĚ (2 Corinthians 5:19). No, He has imputed them to Christ...and Christ has made full satisfaction for them, and therefore, ‚ÄúWho shall lay anything to the charge of God‚Äôs elect? It is God that justifieth: who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died‚ÄĚ (Romans 8:33-34). God will not require satisfaction at the hands of His people for their sins. He will not punish them on account of them. They shall never enter into condemnation for ‚Äúthere is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus‚ÄĚ (Romans 8:1). Was God to see sin in His people in this sense, and proceed against them in a forensic way, He must act contrary to His justice and set aside the satisfaction of His Son. ‚ÄďJohn Gill
IN THE STEAD OF Abraham received a divine command to offer his son as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2). When all things were ready - the location reached, the altar built, the wood laid in order, Isaac bound and laid on the altar - Abraham raised the sacrificial knife to carry out the command. But the Lord stopped him from killing Isaac, and a ram was offered, ‚Äúfor a burnt offering in the stead of his son‚ÄĚ (verse 13). What kind of justice would have required Abraham, after he offered the ram, to also kill Isaac? Of course that would have been no justice at all for the ram died in the stead of Isaac. Christ came into this world to ‚Äúgive His life a ransom for many‚ÄĚ (Matthew 20:28). As the ram died in the stead of Isaac, so the Savior died in the stead of His chosen people. The law of God demanded death for our sins, and a fit and worthy Substitute rendered to justice that which it required. It was the death of the Lord Jesus that enabled God to be ‚Äúa just God and a Savior‚ÄĚ (Isaiah 45:21). If Christ has paid my debt of sin, then no debt of sin remains; if He has put away my guilt, then no guilt lingers; if He brought in everlasting righteousness for me, then divine justice finds me to be perfect in Christ, ‚ÄúTHE LORD MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.‚ÄĚ Bless His Name, God has given to me ‚Äúa good hope through grace‚ÄĚ (2 Thessalonians 2:16). It is true that I am a sinner, but I am a sinner in whose stead the Son of God has died, and I am assured of this for He has brought me to cast my poor soul and all of its concerns upon the dear Savior. He is all my hope, my salvation, my righteousness and my life. I have no confidence in myself, my feelings, my experience, my knowledge, or my faith. My hope rests in the person, the blood and the righteousness of Jesus Christ my Substitute. I find, therefore, that the justice of God, which once brought fear to my soul, is a very heart-comforting truth for I know there is no possibility that any sinner can perish in whose stead Christ has died. Justice would never allow it. ‚ÄďPastor Jim Byrd