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Previous article in this series: June 2015, p. 396. How does the Levitical system figure into the proclamation of the gospel to the Gentile world? That, we said, was the practical problem that waited still for solution. And it was to the apostle Peter that that mystery was revealed. For Peter it was the question of how to respond to the request of one Gentile and his acquaintances. But the implications were far broader. For the church, it was the question of how to be obedient to Christ’s command to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. Paul...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2015, p. 368. We concluded our last article with Paul’s assertion that to the Jews of the old dispensation the calling of the Gentiles was a mystery. And we noted that this was in spite of the fact that he knew very well that the Old Testament Scriptures were not silent concerning the fact that at the coming of the Messiah the grace of God would be proclaimed to the Gentile world. Think only of the prophecy of Isaiah: “I will also give thee [the Messiah] for a light to the Gentiles, that...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2014, p. 226. In our last article we examined briefly the “veil,” as Calvin called it, that separated the Law from the Gospel such that the saints of old were not able to “see more closely the things that are now revealed to our eyes.” The object of their hope, we saw, was mystery—which by definition is something that is beyond the reach of the human mind, apart from revelation. Christ Himself demonstrated the truth of that when, after His resurrection, He breathed on His disciples, saying, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John...

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The Standard Bearer, as you can tell from the Volume and Number on the front cover of this issue, is ninety years old. “News From Our Churches,” one of its more popular rubrics, is younger. It’s fifty-six years old. It has therefore appeared in most of the last 1,176 issues. And Mr. Ben Wigger has written half of them. The one that appears in this issue is his last. For his twenty-eight years of faithful service as news editor in the SB, the Editorial Committee, on behalf of the Editorial Staff and, I’m sure, of some 2,500 readers of this...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2014, p. 186. You will remember our reference last time to Cal­vin’s observation that “there was a difference be­tween the Law and Gospel, as if there were a veil between them so that they might not see more closely the things that are now revealed to our eyes.” Luke 9:45 says the same concerning the disciples’ failure to grasp Jesus’ instruction about His impending death: “But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not.” A “veil.” A veil that “hides.” Not a difficult concept, surely,...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2013, p. 139. “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” That was the question of the Eleven with which we concluded our previous article in this series. We might, on first thought, be surprised by that ques­tion. After all, had not Christ “breathed on them” and said to them “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22)? Had He not “opened their understanding” that they might “understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45)? And had He not “expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27)? In light...

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Previous article in this series: October 15, 2013, p. 39. Rev. Ophoff—so we noted last time—took vigor­ous exception to Fairbairn’s view that the expiatory sacrifice “had a meaning of its own” (that is, apart from its significance as a type), which meaning the ancient worshiper could comprehend and therefore, through it, offer acceptable service to God “whether he might perceive or not the further respect it had to a dy­ing Savior.” Ophoff insisted that, in order for a sacrifice to be pleasing to God, it had to be offered out of faith in Christ. Ophoff went on, however, to acknowledge...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2013, p. 472. Previous article in this short series was concluded with a question: “The saints of old did have prophetic types, and they were not without the prophetic word, but can it be demonstrated that they linked them?” The prophetic type under consideration was the expia­tory sacrifice, which taught the believer that sin, his sin, must somehow be atoned for. Burdened with the crush­ing weight of his sin, the believer turned to the sacrifice for relief—and found none…until he looked beyond the sacrifice to Jehovah. Jehovah and blood. “These two,” wrote Ophoff,...

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Previous article in this series: August 2013, p. 448. “But whose blood?” That was the question of Ophoff with which we ended our previous article. He asked the question from the perspective of the saints of old. Not, surely, from our perspective. In the clear light of the antitype, the saints of God in the new dispensa­tion not only know the answer to that question but glory in it. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). “…being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2013, p. 377. As the above title suggests, we have still to conclude a short series of articles exploring why a false worship of God by Jews in the old dispensation can be characterized as a robbing Christ of His honor. In doing so, we continue to lean rather heavily, as we indicated before, on a series of articles by the late Rev. George M. Ophoff in the SB back in 1926 and 1927. Genesis 3:15, as we mentioned last time, was gospel to the ear of our first, fallen parents, while Genesis...

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