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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. As we make the transition in our doctrinal studies from Christology to soteriology, or the doctrine of salvation, we consider together the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. That is fitting, because soteriology is the work of the Holy Spirit in applying the benefits of Christ to the elect. We read in Acts 2:1 that the Holy Spirit was poured out when the day of Pentecost was fully come, that is, when the day of the Old Testament Pentecost was fulfilled. It was therefore the morning of the next day, the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. One of the most beautiful and comforting truths of Holy Scripture is that pertaining to the preservation of the saints and their perseverance in the faith. It is a truth that permeates the entire Word of God. On the one hand, it is drawn forth by God as the inspired confession of the psalmist in Psalm 16. Christ stands in the loins of David, as the New Testament quotations of this passage make clear. And because Christ was in him, David confessed (and we do with him), “I have...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. When we consider God’s wonder work at Pentecost in connection with all His other wonder works — the incarnation, the resurrection, and so on — then we might say that Pentecost is the crowning event of all the other events. Without God’s wonder work at Pentecost, a work which continues for our sakes, all those other works — the incarnation, the death, the resurrection of our Lord — mean nothing. Have you ever thought about what our religion would be like if Christ had come in the flesh...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. John Calvin’s role in the reform of Geneva was divinely ordained. Calvin himself did not seek it. In probably his most lengthy autobiographical sketch, found in the preface to his Commentary on the Book of Psalms, he pointed out that he had no intention of staying in Geneva more than a single night, let alone becoming a leading figure there. Calvin’s plan was to go to Strasbourg. His heart was set on a sheltered life of private studies. He ended up passing through Geneva, because in God’s wonderful...

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March 1-3, 2000 at Bethel PRC, Roselle, Illinois The March meeting of Classis West was held at Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Roselle, Illinois from March 1 through March 3. Rev. Allen Brummel chaired the meeting of Classis. Classis West had a full and weighty agenda, most of which was treated in closed session. The classis gave careful consideration to discipline matters and a protest against a previous decision of classis in a discipline matter. In all cases, previous decisions were upheld. There were also other appeals treated, all dealing with confidential matters. Classis can report that it joyfully accepted...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Having discussed the truth of the preservation of the saints, we now turn to the perseverance of the saints. Preservation and perseverance—two very similar words and two words that go hand-in-hand. While our assurance rests in God who preserves us to the end, the way in which God preserves us is the way of our persevering in the faith. God preserves, we persevere. God keeps us in the palm of His hand, we continue in the way of salvation. God guides us by His counsel, we walk the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. “And whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Rom. 8:30b). The final step in the order of salvation is glorification, the crowning work of God in the salvation of His people. Thus we read of our glorification in the Canons of Dordt, I, 7: “This elect number…God has decreed to give to Christ to be saved by Him, and effectually to call and draw them to His communion by His Word and Spirit; to bestow upon them true faith, justification, and sanctification; and having powerfully preserved them in the...

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September 2 and 3, 1998 in Loveland, Colorado The March meeting of Classis West was held in Loveland, Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday, September 2 and 3. Rev. Richard Moore (Hull, IA) provided able leadership to the classis as the chairman of this session. The delegates of Classis West gathered already Tuesday evening, together with the congregation of Loveland Protestant Reformed Church, in a special worship service which was conducted by Pastor-elect Daniel Kleyn of Edgerton, Minnesota. The sermon he delivered was part of his classical examination. The meeting of classis on Wednesday was given to the examination of Pastor-elect...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. In discussing the doctrine of Christ, the Mediator and Head of the covenant, we are called to consider the names by which the Savior is revealed to us. We do well to consider these things. Not simply abstractly. The purpose of going to the Word of God concerning these things is that we are able to confess from the heart, and with the knowledge and confidence of faith, “I believe what God has revealed in His Word concerning my Savior!” I believe in Jesus. What a glorious confession...

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September 3 & 4, 1997 at Peace PRC, Lansing, Illinois The September meeting of Classis West was held in Lansing, Illinois at Peace Protestant Reformed Church, Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4. The meeting of classis was preceded by an officebearers’ conference on Tuesday, September 2. The theme of the conference was Reformed Worship. The conference was well-attended, not only by delegates to Classis West, but by professors and students of the Protestant Reformed Seminary, ministers of Classis East, and several visitors.

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