This question comes from a Grand Rapids area reader who is concerned about the meaning of I Timothy 2:1-4. He would like an explanation in connection with the fact that this passage is rather frequently appealed to for the support of the rather common custom of praying—usually in public prayers—for the president and his cabinet.
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[Editor’s Note: Responsible for the following report are six of the students of our Prot. Ref. Theological School: Messrs. Wayne Bekkering, Arie den Hartog, Mark Hoeksema, Marvin Kamps, James Slopsema, and Ronald Van Overloop.]
APOSTOLIC HISTORY AND THE GOSPEL (Essays presented to F.F. Bruce), Edited by W. Ward Gasque and Ralph P. Martin; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971; 378 pp., $7.95.
Question “I have several questions concerning the Form for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper. “First of all, where did it originate to read the first part of the form for preparatory, and then just the second part for the actual communion service? It is true that the first part., dealing with the examination of ourselves, is a part dealing with preparatory, and that the form consists of two parts; but it is my feeling that they should not be separated. Have the Synod, Classes, or local consistories originated this?
Question From “A Reader in Holland” we received the following questions concerning the recognition of the baptism of those who come from other denominations: “On what basis do we recognize as valid the baptism of those who come to our churches from other denominations,—whether it be adult baptism or infant baptism? “Could we ever recognize a baptism which is not in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost? For example, if Unitarians, who deny the Trinity, would baptize someone, could that, baptism be recognized?
The Bible is from beginning to end the written Word of God, given by infallible inspiration. All school administration, instruction and discipline shall be based on it and permeated by its teaching, for we acknowledge that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
From a fallen and wholly depraved human race, and in the midst of a world that lieth in darkness, a crooked and perverse generation, God saves His elect, establishing His covenant with them and their children in the line of continued generations, forming them by His sovereign grace in Christ into a people of Himself, that they might be His friends, and, living in every sphere of life from the principle of regeneration thru faith, they should show forth His praises and walk as children of light in the world.
God Who created and sustains all things and governs them according to His sovereign counsel; Who is Triune and, as such, lives an eternal covenant-life of friendship in infinite perfection; from eternity chose and in time forms a people unto Himself, to stand in covenant-relationship unto Him in Christ Jesus their Lord, that they might walk in all good works which He ordained for them and in their life in the world should be to the praise of His glory, children of light in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.
In the midst of an in distinction from the evil world that lieth in darkness and is perverse in all its ways because of sin, it is the calling of the people of God to live by grace form the principle of regeneration according to the will of God in every sphere of life, individual, family, social, industrial, political and ecclesiastical, so that they may be children of light in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Hence, they insist that all education, that must prepare their children for such an all-sided Christian walk in the world, shall be...
In the days of Joseph there was a famine in the land of Egypt and surrounding countries. A seven-year famine! Enough to destroy the life of man and beast!But God . . .! But God prepared a “savior of the people,” so-called by Pharaoh, who re-named Joseph “Zaphnath-Paaneah.” God’s chosen people, Israel, cannot be destroyed by famine; they must show forth His praises in all the earth. Therefore God sent Joseph into Egypt with the express purpose of saving His people from a slow death by famine. In all this Joseph did not boast of his name and position.