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In I Peter 1:5 the doctrine of perseverance is not only clearly proved, but it is set forth as a great multiplication of God’s grace and peace to His saints. In verse 3 the Apostle Peter speaks of our election according to the Father’s foreknowledge and shows how this grace of God in election is sealed to us and becomes ours through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit as He leads us to perfect peace in the way of blood-sprinkled obedience.

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 1.Introduction. The mystery of the incarnation is not so much that our Lord Jesus Christ is true God or true man, but that He is at one and the same time both of these. This is, in the final analysis, a mystery as great as the mystery of the trinity. Scripture itself reminds us of this by calling the truth that God is come in the flesh the beginning of the “great mystery of godliness” (I Tim. 3:16). That the incarnation is a mystery means that it is...

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In our previous study we saw that God’s commandments are not arbitrary regulations but God’s own revelation of Himself, according to which He requires that we be holy as He Himself is holy. That self-revelation of God is the truth and substance of the law, and thus it is that the law has abiding significance, so that its use cannot be abolished among Christians. 

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Houston, Texas. Classis West met on Wednesday, March 1, 1989, in South Holland, Illinois. Classis met in three sessions and finished its business at about 8:30 Wednesday evening. This was the first Classis at which delegates from the new Congregation of Peace, in Lynwood, Illinois, were present at day evening. Classis, and a report was read at Classis of their organization as a new congregation. Their organization was carried out by the South Holland council. The South Holland council will also have another organization to carry out, now that Classis...

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The truth that God is One is the cornerstone of the First Commandment: thus far we have come in our search for God’s revelation of Himself in His law. Remembering this principle, we are also able to understand that idolatry in any form is an act of gross rebellion against God. Never does the idolatrous practice of the heathen reflect a search for God as the One, True God; rather, as Paul tells us in Romans 1, it is always a refusal to worship God as He reveals Himself in His creation.

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It is not difficult to understand that the Second Commandment is distinct from the First. The First Commandment forbids the sin of having or worshipping any gods beside Jehovah, the sin of idolatry, while the Second Commandment forbids the use of images in the worship of Jehovah. The First Commandment, then, tells us Who we must worship, and the Second in turn tells us how we are to worship Him. 

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. There are many passages which teach the doctrine of the preservation of saints, or, as it is sometimes called, eternal security. But we believe in the preservation and perseverance of saints not only on the basis of those passages, but also on the basis of the testimony of all Scripture that salvation is from beginning to end the work of God. In other words, believing in the preservation of saints is an integral part of believing in salvation by grace alone. The opposite is also true. Those who...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. 3. The analogy of body and soul. Various analogies have been used to help explain the union of Christ’s two natures and to show that faith in this union is not unreasonable. Regarding the use of these analogies to show the plausibility of belief in Christ’s two natures, we should remember that this is a matter of faith and not of demonstration. It is part of the great “mystery of godliness” (I Tim. 3:16), and is something, therefore, that the natural man cannot receive by any amount of...

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Ronald H. Hanko is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church, Houston, Texas. (Editor’s Note: For the remainder of the current volume-year the Rev. Ronald J. Hanko will be responsible for this department. We welcome him back to our columns. HCH) The only way that believers can ever be convinced that the law is of any value or use to them is to show them that it is a means to praise and thank their Savior God. As long as even the impression is left that the works of the law have any meritorious or saving value, even socially, the law...

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In previous articles we have been examining the Ten Commandments from this viewpoint, that in the Commandments God reveals Himself to His people in all His glory. The Commandments, therefore, are not mere arbitrary precepts for our life, but a ten-fold (and therefore complete) lesson in God’s perfections and in our calling to be perfect us He is perfect (Matt. 5:48).

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