That the Triune God is the covenant God in Himself, apart from any relation to His creature, is also evident from the fact that we repeatedly read in Scripture that He establishes His covenant with men. Note that He says: “And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee, etc.” Gen. 17:7.
According to our conception, the covenant finds its fullest reality in the Triune God. That is our starting point when we think, confess and live the life of the covenant. Now comes the question: with whom is this covenant established? There are many answers to this question.
“Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
In our last editorial on the covenant controversy, we were treating that wonderful passage of Col. 1:13-19. And we intimated that we would like to say more on that score, but that this would wait for further issues. What we had in mind is that part of the above Scripture which speaks of the fact that all things are created by Him and for Kim, and also that He is before all things.
The overture, treated at our April meeting of Classis East, is the following: Grand Rapids, Mich. January 6, 1948. To the Synod of the Prot. Ref. Churches to convene in Grand Rapids, June, 1948 Esteemed Brethren: The Consistory of the Creston Prot. Ref. Church at Grand Rapids, Mich., hereby calls the following to your attention:
“That ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” Exodus 11:7b There is one thing in this history which has puzzled us no end, and that is the fact that Moses and Aaron could freely move in Egypt, appear at Pharaoh’s court, tell him in no uncertain terms his sins against God, and disappear unscathed.
The William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is to be congratulated on the mighty endeavor which they have undertaken, namely, to reprint the commentaries of John Calvin. As far as is known to me, the last publication of his commentaries is almost one hundred years old, and it was more than time that a new publication appeared. This work entails a considerable outlay of money, and standing correction, I seem to recollect that it will mean the expense of a quarter of a million dollars. A mighty venture indeed.
In The Banner issues of March 12, 19; April 2, 16, the Rev. H. J. Kuiper is writing a series of editorials under the general theme: God and man in salvation. And as subheads he has chosen the following titles: 1. Did Christ die for all men? 2. Christ died to save His people. 3. Christ died to save “The World”. 4. Did Christ die to save all?
Very many people in our circles are acquainted with the brown volume of Kramer’s English-Dutch, and Dutch-English Dictionary. My acquaintance with it dates back to the time when as a boy of 11 I studied English in the Netherlands. A few years later I had to translate a publication of the British Museum relative the findings of scientists who had translated the Babylonian tablets into English. I remember that my Kramer was never far from my elbow that winter, and did me an invaluable service in that dreary task.
The readers will remember that the Rev. H. J. Kuiper wrote in The Banner on the general theme: GOD AND MAN IN SALVATION. So far he has’ written five editorials on this mighty truth.