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What is Faith? by J. Gresham Machen. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1991. 262pp, $9.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Steven R. Key.] This book contains the material of a course of lectures which was delivered at the Grove City Bible School in the summer of 1925. There are only eight chapters in this book of some 262 pages. The chapters, therefore, are somewhat lengthy, giving thorough development to their themes. One who would contrast faith with knowledge – something frequently done today – will be struck by the introductory chapter of this book. This is not a book for one...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is Lord over all. But we confess that He is Lord over us, His redeemed people, in a particular sense. We must understand how that lordship was established and what it means for us. Determined by God Before the foundation of the world God had determined to reveal His lordship and to be known and acknowledged as the only Lord. He would do so in Christ Jesus. From eternity God had determined to reveal His own covenant life, the life...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. A Perfect Lordship Christ’s is a perfect lordship. He owns us completely. He alone is our Lord and we are His property. Is that your confession? When we are partakers of His death and resurrection, we are the property of Christ. He owns you completely. You are His with body and soul, with your husband or wife and children, with brothers and sisters in the Lord, with all your life and possessions. All belongs to Christ! He owns us. Do you acknowledge that lordship of Christ over you?...

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March 3, 1999 at Redlands, California The March meeting of Classis West was held at Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California on March 3. An officebearers’ conference was held the day before. The theme of the conference was “The Doctrines of Sovereign Predestination.” Not only was the conference attended by the delegates of classis, but by several members of our Redlands congregation and numerous visitors. Rev. Richard Moore gave the keynote address, the theme of which was “Predestination: The Heart of the Gospel.” Several pastors also presented papers on the general theme of the conference. There was healthy discussion...

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Rev. Key is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We thirst for knowledge. That is evident already in the small child, who brings to expression as his or her first full phrases: “What is this?” “What is that?” And through the centuries the mind of man has indeed come to a knowledge of much. An immeasurable wealth of knowledge is ours in just about every area of creation. But there is one thing we should know and we must not forget. There is a difference between the mere knowledge of facts and phenomena, and the understanding...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. As we continue our study of the doctrine of Christ, we have yet to consider Christ’s specific relationship to the covenant of God. Three passages in the epistle to the Hebrews underscore the significance of that relationship. All three speak of Christ as the Mediator of the covenant. They are Hebrews 8:6, Hebrews 9:15, and Hebrews 12:24. In Hebrews 8:8-10 we read, “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. As we continue our consideration of Christ in relation to the covenant, we find from Scripture that not only is Christ the Mediator of the covenant, but also the Head of the covenant. This is a truth that has raised considerable opposition and discussion through the years, primarily because of a common misunderstanding as to the nature of the covenant. When the covenant is defined as an agreement or contract between two parties, namely, between God and His people, it is hardly possible to speak of Christ as...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Having considered the scriptural principles and responsibilities of church membership, we devoted the last article to the inescapable truth of corporate responsibility. Though many in this age of ecclesiastical departure and apostasy would like to ignore that truth, it is exactly the truth of corporate responsibility and corporate guilt that lies at the basis of the call, “Come out from among them and be ye separate.” We must not continue in conflict with the holiness of God. I pointed out that, for some of you, that may mean...

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