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“And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.” Isaiah 61:9 This is the abbreviated text of the pre-synodical sermon that Rev. VanOverloop preached on June 9, 2014. The church of God in Isaiah’s day was filled with so much sin, that God commissioned Isaiah to declare severe judgment. “Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears...

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For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there. I Samuel 1:27, 28 In 1963 the Rev. Gerrit Vos wrote a meditation for the Standard Bearer on this passage. Rev. Vos used the meditation as an opportunity to call parents to pray for sons who would serve the church in the ministry of the Word. The occasion for this plea was undoubtedly the fact that...

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“…exhort…shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:7, 8 Paul has noted frequently in his instructions to Titus that the acknowledging of the truth is to be accompanied with godliness. Faith and acknowl­edging of the truth “is after (accords with, is in harmony with) godliness” (Titus 1:1). He commands Titus to speak “the things which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). This must be the case because Jesus Christ...

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To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6 The devil loves to separate. He worked hard in the old dispensation to separate God from His people, accusing them of being unworthy of any blessing (Rev. 12:10b). He delights to separate believer from believer. He loves to destroy the unity of the body of Christ with all sorts of schismatic activity. The devil delights to separate believers from the assurance of their salvation. There are times when the consciences of believers accuse them that they have grossly transgressed all the...

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“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to­ward men.” Luke 2:13, 14 Familiar and most beautiful! A song sung by a choir that was much larger than the audience. It was one of the most marvelous revelations in this world’s history. Heaven opened. The heavenly choir sang. A heavenly message was given and received. May we receive the message of this song. May we re­spond by joining them in praise to our heavenly Father. The angels are always...

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I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 Many in the United States have come to refer to Thanksgiving Day as “Turkey Day.” We do not want to do this if it is a way to avoid reference to the One to whom all thanks must be given. All thanks is to be given to God, for He made and He sustains the heavens and the earth and all things that are in them. As the Giver, to all, of life and breath and all things (Acts 17:24, 25), He is...

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Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. Titus 3:1, 2 The correct understanding of the truth of Scripture is evidenced in a life of godliness (Titus 1:1). This godliness is to be manifest in the believer’s life in the home and in the church. And the text we consider emphasizes the fact that this godliness is to be manifest in the believer’s life in the world. In this letter...

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“These things speak and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let not man despise thee.” Titus 2:15 Paul had given to Titus the calling to pastor (shep­herd) the new Christians in the various congrega­tions on the island of Crete. This included the selecting and ordaining of men as officebearers in order that the congregations might be instituted churches (Titus 1:5-8). It also included exhorting and convincing the unruly, vain talkers, and deceivers (Titus 1:10-13). And it included preaching and teaching “the things which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1), that is, godliness. Paul detailed the godliness required by a faith that holds for truth what...

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Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:13, 14 The above text is part of the reason why the teachings of salvation by sovereign, particular grace are to be evidenced in a life of godliness. Paul had just detailed the godliness in verses 2-10, and then he began giving the reason in verse 11. He explained that the grace of God saves, and in saving it...

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For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath ap­peared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Titus 2:11, 12 The teachings concerning gracious salvation are to be believed! And they are to be lived (Tit. 1:1; Tit. 2:1; Tit. 3:8)! The previous verses have shown how Christians are to live those teachings (Tit. 2:2-10). Now (in vv. 11-14) the apostle gives the reason why Christians are to live these teachings, why they are to live in a way that harmonizes with what they believe....

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