Weekend Gospel message to follow for All Hands (20-22AUG21)

Heads-Up — Please find enclosed encouragement in SO GREAT SALVATION by the perfect and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ in saving poor, needy and wretched sinners by His sovereign free grace -God’s unmerited favor to save us- from our sins and from Hell:


The God of glory, before the world began, graciously chose a people in Christ unto salvation. “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14). Concerning these chosen ones, the Shepherd said, “and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:28). The Lord determined that His people would be justified, redeemed, sanctified, regenerated, called, preserved and glorified. Not one of the elect shall perish for God has willed their eternal salvation and has engaged all of His attributes to accomplish that purpose. His sovereignty determined their salvation and will never be frustrated. His wisdom has arranged all things in order to bring every son to glory in a manner consistent with all of the divine perfections.

His holiness demanded righteousness and has been satisfied in the life, death and resurrection of their Substitute. His power is invincible and will overcome every obstacle standing in the way of their salvation. His justice has been satisfied in the death of their Redeemer and now demands they all be brought safely home to glory. His everlasting love for them will never be disappointed. The providence of God will bring them to hear the glorious gospel of Christ. The call of God will give them life and grant them repentance from dead works and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The goodness and mercy of God will follow them throughout their pilgrim journey. God’s eternal purpose of salvation shall not fail to be accomplished. “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand” (Isaiah 14:24). “Salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9).

-preacher Jim Byrd at 13th Street Baptist church of Ashland, Kentucky