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All Articles For II Corinthians

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Carl J. Haak is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. We can know our regeneration. We can be assured of our being born from above and thus be assured that “now are we the children of God” (I John 3:2). Assured that we are born again by the will of God, we will also be convinced of the love of God towards us (I John 4:16), and possess the perfect hope that one day we shall see Him as He is (I John 3:3). Assured of our regeneration, we will also live in holiness and as dear...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa. “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith; . . . And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.”

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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. That the church of Christ has the calling to do mission work is plain from Scripture. Jesus said: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:19, 20) This command of Christ applies to the church of all ages, for the...

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Rev. Koole is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Redlands, California. As the church of Christ we are at war. No, I am not speaking of disagreements that arise between consistories and committees over mission policy. The church of Christ is called to war against the strongholds of Satan, “Casting down . . . every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” (II Cor. 10:5). One aspect of that warfare is missions. In this warfare there is the defensive side of doctrine and a holy walk. Missions is the offensive side. By it the church invades...

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A strange “Spirit” is abroad in the churches today. It is acclaimed as the Holy Spirit of God, indeed as the Holy Spirit in a fullness of power, a treasury of gifts, and a glory of operations such as have not been experienced by the church since the day of Pentecost. But this “Spirit” is strange. It behaves oddly. The strangeness is not its mysterious character. Like the wind, the Holy Spirit is mysterious, as Jesus pointed out in John 3:8: “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell whence it comes, and...

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The worship service held on the northwest side of Chicago on the evening of March 29, 1989, to organize the Bethel Protestant Reformed Church, was a joyful event—a highlight in the church-life of those who participated. In the goodness of God, believers and their children enjoyed the fruit of the organization of a Protestant Reformed church upon the mission-work of the church—the wise, diligent work of Missionary Ronald Van Overloop; the zealous, unstinting labor of the South Holland PRC; and the full cooperation of the denomination in money, in prayers, and in supervision through the Mission Committee. We rejoice with...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. II Corinthians 13:14 With these words the apostle Paul concluded his second epistle to the church of Corinth. These words are really a benediction Paul pronounced on the behalf of God upon the church. Many of us reading these words will recognize them as the concluding benediction in our own worship services. This beautiful benediction proclaims to the church the glorious gospel of salvation...

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Herman C. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. It is significant that the first mention of the antithesis in Scripture is also the first announcement of the coming of Christ. We find this passage in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” While every believer recognizes that this is the promise of Christ, Who would come at some time in the future to crush the power of Satan and deliver...

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There was a time when, among Reformed Christians, terms like antithesis and antithetical were familiar terms and rather generally understood. Today, due to the ravages of synthesizing philosophy and a synthesizing world-and-life view, that can no longer be taken for granted. The terms themselves have, among many people who are Reformed at least in name, become foreign and for the most part unheard, and the world-and-life view for which they stand has become unknown and unpracticed. Perhaps this has become all too true even among us Protestant Reformed people, who ought to be known, more than any others (due to our insistence that grace...

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Preservation and Perseverance—what a truly wonderful subject! It is wonderful from a threefold point of view. It is wonderful, first of all, because of that whereunto’ we are preserved and persevere. This is nothing less than a glory so great that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” (I Cor. 2:9).

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