2. THE PILGRIM AND THE BIBLE “I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.”
Frequently catechism students, when confronted with the fact of the long age to which Methuselah and others attained, express astonishment and wonder. Without fail little hands stab, the air to ask, “Why did God make people live so long?” and “Why don’t we live that long now?” Not infrequently adults also consider these facts, either in society or privately, responding in much the same way. These are perfectly good questions.
The pilgrim is a church member. Since the Church is the creation of God, since she is precious in the sight of the Lord, and since Christ gave His life for her, we ought to be very clear as to what the Church of Jesus Christ is essentially. The Scriptures present us with a rich variety of names for this spiritual entity: church, bride, building, temple, plant, vine, tree. Perhaps the most beautiful and highly revelatory name is the body of Christ. According to Colossians one, Christ is the Head of the body, the Church.
Tolerance is allowance for error or deviation. The human body is able to tolerate certain environmental factors which work physiological detriment externally, or the body can tolerate a certain level of poison (drugs) which combat the body’s well-being internally. The term toleration is also commonly used in the manufacture of tools and machines. By using hard metals and precise measurements, workmen are able to produce parts which deviate from a standard by as little as .005 of an inch. This allows for mass production and the interchanging of parts.
On February 29, forty elders, ministers, professors and seminary students participated in a full day of discussions in the Pella, Iowa Protestant Reformed Church; Classis West met in Pella the next day. The general subject of the conference was pastoral counseling. The morning session commenced with the reading of the paper “Competent to Counsel—A Critique” by Prof. Herman Hanko of our seminary. It is not necessary to offer an analysis of the critique here. Let it be sufficient to say that Dr. J.
In the last two verses of the Gospel according to Matthew, we read, “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” This Word of God, often called the Great Commission or the Missionary Mandate, is clear in as far as it goes. It is a command; it is a command which carries all the authority of God in...
It is not good for the pilgrim to be alone. This paraphrase of the Word of God as found in Gen. 2:18 is permissible because it was already in the Divine mind, before God created male and female, that man should reveal himself as a pilgrim and a stranger on the earth. Even though it is possible for a man or a woman to be a good pilgrim and faithful servant in the single state, this is certainly the exception.
The outstanding quality of marriage is that it is an absolutely unbreakable union or bond. That is not a popular truth, but it belongs to a faithful witness and a faithful pilgrim life to state and to live that uncompromisingly and boldly. Marriage is a bond of intimacy between one man and one woman which isfor life, and which has for its purpose the revelation of the salvation of the Church in Christ, and the bringing forth of covenant seed. That marriage is not capable of termination as long as both mates are living is clearly the teaching of Scripture.
Periodic perusal of a little magazine called T.V. Guideprovides one an acquaintance-with programming in this medium, as well as with the trends that this programming is taking. It also allows the pastor to ask knowledgeable, even pointed, questions on family visitation. Most importantly, this pastor is constantly convinced that television viewing has no place in the life of the Christian individual and family.
The Word of God calls those men whom Christ has given to His Church as His mouthpieces, through whom He speaks His saving Word, pastors. This designation is distinct from other gifts of the ascended Lord, for Paul writes the Ephesian church that Christ gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. The word pastor also has a different emphasis than do other common terms in use today, preachers andministers.