“And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:51, 52 “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” Acts 2:33 Natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God!
Here follow two letters which I received recently, and which, I think, have precedence over the matters I have been engaged in, namely, the Netherlands controversy, and the Rev. H. J. Kuyper series in The Banner. I have attached a brief answer to both letters. Brother Hessel De Jong writes: Esteemed Editor of “The Standard Bearer”: HOW STRANGE
Notice of the passing of this man of God in the Netherlands came to us on the 25th of last month, that is, on the day the forms of our Standard Bearer closed, and we could insert the notice as such, and no more. There was no time or room for a proper editorial expressing our sympathy both to the bereaved family, and the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. Hence, this editorial at a later date.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:27-30
In the Wachter of June 1, 1948, we read the following from the hand of the Rev. E. Van Halsema, editor of (DUTCH REMOVED): For the convenience of those who are not able to read the Holland language we will give a resume of the foregoing article:
“And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.” Jeremiah 32:39 This text is the expression of the wonder, the miraculous wonder, of the lovingkindness of our covenant God. In order to see this, we will have to tell you a bit about the historical background.
The reader will remember that some time ago I announced the mammoth task undertaken by the local book publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 255 Jefferson Ave., S. E., Grand Rapids, Mich. At that occasion I announced that four volumes were ready at that time. They are the Epistle to the Romans, to the Hebrews, and the first two volumes of the prophet Isaiah. Well, at this time it is my pleasure to announce that four more volumes have come off the press. They are: the other two volumes of Isaiah, and I and II Corinthians.
We must rededicate ourselves! I hear you say: we have dedicated ourselves to our covenant God and to His service! Why then should we rededicate ourselves? The answer is easy: we have taken a vacation.
The Eighth Annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention was held at Holland, Michigan on August 18 and 19. I will not give a factual report of all that transpired at this convention: the regular reporter or reporters will take care of that and bring their findings to you in the Young People’s periodical, Beacon Lights. I would just muse a bit on what I saw and heard.
These days I read one report and one advertisement. The report was incorporated in an editorial written by the Rev. Peter De Boer of Edgerton, Minn., in our church paper Concordia of August 19, 1948; and the advertisement is found on page 1023 in The Banner of August 27, 1948.