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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. It is striking that both the Hebrew and the Greek words from which our KJV derives the words zeal, zealous, and zealot are words which have the basic meaning of heat. The Hebrew root means to boil with heat, to be hot. Metaphorically the word indicates excitement of mind, ardor, fervor of spirit, zeal in embracing, pursuing, or defending anything. The Greek word means to become very red, to be excited so that the face is red. Thus, this word also means to be zealous towards a...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The word fear, as a noun, verb, or adjective, is found in Scripture over five hundred times; only ten books of the sacred canon do not mention fear. This is not surprising, since fear is basic to true religion, and its absence is true of all unbelief. Scripture distinguishes between the fear of the unbeliever and the fear of the child of God; and because we are by nature inclined to be fearful, it often calls us not to fear. The only proper object of fear is...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The believer’s only comfort is his sure conviction that with body and soul, in life and in death, he is not his own but belongs to his faithful Savior, Jesus Christ (L.D. I). The believer needs this comfort, no matter what his age or circumstances, because outside of Christ there is exposure to the wrath of God, fear, misery, and death. We need this sense of “belonging”; how wonderful that God provides it to us with an abiding comfort that can never be taken from us and...

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Rev. Kuiper is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Hebrew and Greek words translated in the KJV as reproach contain the idea of shame, disgrace, reviling, upbraiding, chiding, and casting into the teeth. All reproach is for Christ’s sake, as He is God, and as He is in the flesh the Word and revelation of God. When the people of God are reproached, it is for Christ’s sake; it is because Christ is seen in them. Christ was reviled because all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him bodily, and He left behind a certain measure...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In both the Hebrew and the Greek, the word translated “lot” has the original meaning of a small stone, a bit of wood, or a piece of cord. These small stones, with certain markings on them, were cast down in order to determine a certain person or a certain course of action or a certain piece of ground. The ceremony of casting lots was not gambling or trusting in chance, but was the God-approved way of determining a matter. “The lot is cast into the lap; but...

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Rev. Kuiper is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The various Hebrew and Greek nouns translated shame and ashamed agree that shame is a painful feeling or emotion caused by the consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. The verb means to bring shame or cause to feel shame. The word is often found in context with the terms confusion of face and being confounded. Shame is not only a feeling or an emotion, but it is also a state or sphere in which one may find himself. Also, these terms have a strong eschatological emphasis, relating to one’s...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 How striking, that while the apostles were still living there were church members who neglected some or all of the worship services. The writer to the Hebrews makes clear that it is the calling not only of the elders but of the membership in general to exhort in regard to this spiritual laxity. Urgency is sounded in...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The word arrow is not to be found in the New Testament. In the Old Testament it is used repeatedly, especially in the Psalms. It comes from the root Hebrew word which means to divide, to cut into two parts; then that which cuts in two, divides, wounds, destroys; and finally, an arrow with its cutting head. Arrows belonged to the offensive armament of the Israelites. Jehu drew a bow and smote Jehoram, “and the arrow went out at his heart” (II Kings 9:24). The followers of...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are anthropomorphisms in Scripture, figures of speech in which human characteristics are ascribed to God in order that we may better understand Him and His works. God’s repentance is such a figure: God is not a man that He should repent; He never changes or does any thing for which He is sorry. Yet we read of the repentance of God several times, because to our limited minds it seems that God changes in respect to His dealings with the sons of men. When we read...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As partaker of Christ’s anointing, and in the office of believer, the child of God speaks on three different levels. In general conversation he is called to speak the truth in love, avoiding all lying as the proper work of the Devil. At certain times he makes vows: confession of faith, marriage, baptism, and installation into church office. When we speak a vow unto the Lord we must not defer to pay it (Eccl. 5:4). Occasionally, the child of God is required to sware an oath. The...

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