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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Every rational, moral being has the ability to desire and does desire. God Himself has strong desire: He desires not sacrifice but truth in the inmost parts (Ps. 6:16), and He desires to dwell in Mt. Zion (Ps. 68:16). Christ heartily desired to eat the last Passover with the disciples (Luke 22:15). The angels desire to look into the things proclaimed by the prophets (I Pet. 1:12). Satan desired to have Peter that he might sift him as the wheat (Luke 22:31). The wicked desire evil (Prov....

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are several reasons why we should have an accurate and extensive understanding of angels. First, the source of all angelic understanding is the Word of God, and it is surely our calling to understand the Word of God fully. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable.” We may expect to receive great profit as we search out the Scriptures on the subject of angels. And we assure you that all we set forth here will be from the Word of God. When...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What a wonderful gift is memory! The ability to recall words, ideas, and experiences belongs to man’s creation in the image of God. More particularly, the ability to remember belongs to that aspect of the image of God called true knowledge. Memory allows the child of God to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, and to enjoy friendship with God on the basis of that knowledge. Truly we have been fearfulIy and wonderfully made. Those who study the mind and memory inform us that the...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We understand an inheritance to be something: that is precious and valuable. An inheritance is a precious possession that a person has no right to of himself; it is something freely and graciously bestowed upon an individual. An inheritance is a legal matter; it has its basis and protection in law. And before one can enter into the possession and enjoyment of his inheritance, the death of the testator must occur. The Hebrew word for inheritance (and related words) means to distribute, to give as a possession,...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The several words that are translated order in Scripture have the meaning of placing in a certain arrangement, to assign a place, to appoint, or to ordain. The reason that great emphasis is placed on order in the Bible is that God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:23), but the God of order. The life of the Triune God is a life of harmony and order. The order of His eternal decrees is logical and clear. His covenant with David was ordered in all...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of the eight occurrences of the word key or keys in the Scriptures, only one has a purely literal meaning (Judges 3:25). The other Old Testament occurrence has both a literal and a symbolic idea, of which more later. All the New Testament uses are symbolic and speak of authority to open and close the kingdom of heaven. The words in the original have simple meanings: to open wide, an opener, a key; to close, shut up, a key. In Isaiah 22 we read of Eliakim, who was appointed...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Just as children of the Reformation understand that the greatest event between Pentecost and the return of Christ was above all a return to the Scriptures, so Calvinists ought to know what the theologian of the Reformation held those Scriptures to be. “It was Calvin’s Institutes which, with its calm, clear, positive exposition of the evangelical faith in the irrefragable authority of Holy Scripture, gave stability to wavering minds, and confidence to sinking hearts, and placed upon the lips of all a brilliant apology in the face...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Central to the message of the gospel is the idea of ransom. The Hebrew word (kofer) has the basic meaning of covering; then it means a redemption price, a ransom that sets free, satisfaction. This word is related to the word atonement and the day of atonement (yom kippur), and to the covering of the ark, the mercy seat. Ransom is closely related in thought to the concepts purchase, buy, redeem. The Greek term means to release on receipt of a ransom, to liberate by payment of...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We read of fasts for the most part in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word means to cover the mouth, to keep the mouth shut, to fast. The Mosaic law prescribed only one fast, what Leviticus 16:29-31 calls “afflicting of the soul,” on the great day of atonement. Later, the Israelites had the practice of fasting in hard circumstances, in the midst of bereavement, and whenever God threatened judgment. Still later, they fasted on certain days to commemorate outstanding events in their history, such as the capture of Jerusalem....

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