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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: September 15, 2006, p. 495.   The Third Disputation: Chapter 2:10-16 (continued)  16. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garments, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. The attempts to deny the plain teaching of this verse are legion. One commentator lists four basic interpretations, three of which turn the passage on its head: (1) that it concerns only pagan worship...

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In our preceding article we concluded our discussion of the question whether the days of Genesis 1 are periods or ordinary days. And this also concludes our discussion of the doctrine of creation. We now wish to call attention to the doctrine of the providence of God. This follows naturally from the discussion of creation. The doctrine of Cod’s providence has, of course, many interesting features.

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With these profound, beautiful, and absolute words our Lord Jesus exhorted His disciples shortly before His suffering and-death. This is an absolute statement that stands for us as Christians through all time. To love God or to love Jesus is to keep His commandments. The two are inseparably related, they are indistinguishable. It can be said that there is a reciprocal relationship between loving God and keeping His commandments. To love Him is to keep His commandments, and to keep His commandments is to love Him with all our heart and soul and strength and mind.

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The doctrine of the atonement, to which we will now call your attention, the Lord willing, is, of course, of the utmost importance. It is certainly of the greatest significance as following upon the doctrine of sin. Sin is guilt and it is also the power of corruption. And the extent of the guilt and power of sin is of such a nature that the sinner is helplessly and hopelessly lost in sin and evil. He can never save himself. He can never pay his guilt, and this payment of his debt is absolutely necessary if he is to return...

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The primary meaning of glory is derived from the Old Testament word kabod, as in Ichabod, the child so named after the glory of God departed with the ark (I Sam. 4:21). Its New Testament equivalent, doxa (as in doxology), originally meant opinion or view, but biblically has taken on the same meaning as the Old Testament kabod, which refers to a thing of heft or weight, i.e., massive, important, substantial, abundant, or considerable, thus honorable, splendid, magnificent, and awesome to see, experience, or contemplate. The opposite is something slight, trifling, vain, and lacking, thus lowly, dishonorable, contemptible, and shameful (Ps. 4:2; Is. 23:9; Prov. 3:35; I...

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Previous editorial in this series: November 15, 2010, p. 89. The above title is a phrase found in Ephesians 6:4. This passage is one of the many in Scripture that speak of our calling as parents. It follows after the special admonition to children to obey their parents in the Lord. How thankful we are that the Lord gives us so much instruction in these important areas of Christian living. The key words in the above quoted phrase are “in the Lord” or “of the Lord.” The idea is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One who guides us entirely...

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