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Vol 19 Issue 05

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Revival of the Common Grace Discussion?

According to a review in the Calvin Forum the theory of Common Grace was given an airing in a meeting of the Calvinistic Philosophical Club, held at Westminster Theological Seminary on October 8, 1941. Dr. C. Van Til, who had recently returned from spending a sabbatic year in truly sabbatic Redlands, California, was the speaker. And his subject was supposed to have been: the bearing of common grace on non-theistic thinking. But the time was too limited to do justice to the whole theme, hence he discussed the question of “common grace” proper. He divided his subject into four parts:...

The Organic Inspiration of Scripture

There are two things about Scripture which the reader who is acquainted with the Word of God cannot help but notice. The first thing is its external diversity. In the first place, the Bible is divided into two main parts, the Old and the New Testament, of which the first part is by far the larger. Moreover each part is composed of many individual books which, although they may be divided into various categories, such as e.g., historical, prophetical, etc., are nevertheless in many respects unlike each other. These books are in turn written by many different authors in respect...

Religious Freedom

Some people call it sentimentalism, while others call it patriotism, and still others something else; but whatever you may want to call it, we got quite a thrill out of seeing the famous Liberty Bell preserved in the historic Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The old bell once hung in the belfry of the Old State House, and was rung when the Continental Congress declared the independence of the United States in 1776. On it are inscribed the words. “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land to, all the inhabitants thereof.” We were also deeply impressed concerning the large crack the old...

Idolatry and Image Worship

Upon first impression, when reading this theme, we might think that “Idolatry” and “Image-Worship” are one and the same thing. This however is not the case. Surely there is close connection, even as there is close connection between, all the commandments of God, yea, of the entire word of God. Even as God is one, so His entire revelation one. Yet there is a great distinction, also between Idolatry and Image-worship, which becomes apparent immediately upon reading of the two commandments in the table of the Law of God. The very fact that God has commanded first of all: “Thou...

The Coming of the Blessings of Abraham on the Gentiles

(The Spread of the Gospel in the First Three Centuries) Wrote Paul in his epistle to the Galatians: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: . . . that the blessings of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles.” The last clause of this scripture is the statement of a purpose, which began to be achieved shortly after the ascension of the resurrected Christ. It is the coming of these blessings on the elect of God among the gentiles in the first three centuries of our Christian era that forms the subject...

Balaam, the Son of Beor

Balaam knew God. He had insight into God’s character. As appears from his prophetic ebullitions, he was aware that Jehovah is the God, unchangeable, almighty, wise, just and good, that, in Balaam’s own words, God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent: that, hath He said, He shall do it. Nu. 23:19. There was present to Balaam’s consciousness the election of God’s people, its blessed and immeasurable extension, and the salvation in life and in death prepared for the righteous, Yet Balaam did not belong to the Israelitish people. His...

Jesus Preserves

The Scriptures constantly exhort the redeemed and delivered believer to be faithful, to fight the good fight, and thus to persevere even unto the end. Only he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matt. 10:22. The believer must confess the name of his Lord and Savior before men, for then Christ will also confess him before His Father which is in heaven; but he that denies Jesus before men him will Christ also deny before the Father in heaven. Matt. 10:32, 33. They must present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God; and they must not...

Common Grace (1)

“Common Grace” is the subject of one of two papers read before a gathering of the “Calvinistic Philosophy Club”, and published in “The Proceedings of the Calvinistic Philosophy Club, 1941”. The price of the whole book, let me say this for those of our readers that might be interested to buy the mimeographed pamphlet of about one hundred and thirty eight pages, is $1.25. Order by Edward Heerema, Goffle Hill Road, Midland Park, N.J. The first of the two papers that constitute the contents of the “Proceedings” is by Edw. Heerema on the subject “God in the theology of Schleiermacher”....

12/1/1942