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Vol 19 Issue 18

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Contribution

Esteemed Editor of the Standard Bearer, May I have a little space in your paper. In the last Standard Bearer appears an article by Mr. Ten Elshof that occasions me to write. I take it upon the word of Mr. Ten Elshof that these things he relates in connection with the C.L.A. are facts and that is what we need in all these problems that surround us as Christians. We need principles and facts. And this series of Mr. T. E., some of which I consider very serious, show how badly we need to discuss these problems. Do such things...

The Dangers of Early Adolescence

God has not willed that we should come into the world as mature men and women, ready to take a full- fledged place in life. Adam and Eve never had a childhood or youth. Their offspring, however, born into the world as helpless babes, must pass through a long period of growth and development before they attain maturity. This long period of development that finally emerges into manhood or woman hood may again itself be divided into two sharply distinct periods: childhood and adolescence. It is the latter period, that of adolescence, that we are interested in in this article,...

Faith and Works in the Epistle of James

In this essay we will not take up too much space to disprove the contention that there is disharmony between Paul’s assertion “that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law,” and the assertion of James: “by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” We will try and confine ourselves positively to the idea of faith and works in the epistle of James, and only consult other parts of scripture, including that written by Paul, only to make clearer the beautiful truth as expressed by the inspired James. Sufficient to state here, that...

Church and State

The importance of this problem is immediately evident to anyone who scans the History of the New Dispensation and recalls the struggle of Pope and Emperor, the question of Calvin and Servetus. The long discussions surrounding Article 36 of our Netherland Confession, and the attempt of Dutch Christian groups to work out a Christian polity and state. And for a very concrete instance of the importance we can look at the Russia, Germany and Japan of today, and not to relax our vigil, the America of tomorrow. In considering a problem such as this, one often feels the question come...

The Similarity of the Synoptic Gospels

The term Synoptic Gospels is used in reference to the first three Gospels of the New Testament in distinction from the Gospel according to John which is not included in this group. The word synoptic means literally to view together, from the Latin syn—together, and opsis—view, referring to the fact that the three evangelists, Matthew, Mark and Luke, view the earthly life and ministry of Jesus from a very similar aspect, as it were, from the same vantage point. Any attentive reader will soon note that there is marked difference between the Gospel written by John and the other three,...

Anselm’s “Cur Deus Homo” and the Heidelberg Catechism

A brief explanation of the subject may be of benefit to the reader for the correct understanding of the issue involved. “Cur Deus Homo” is the title of a theological treatise from the pen of (St.) Anselm of Canterbury. He is considered one of the most eminent of the English prelates, and the father of medieval scholasticism. He was born in Italy in the year 1033 and he died April 21, 1109 at Canterbury, England. He thus attained the age of 76 years. The above-mentioned work of Anselm was begun by him in England. He writes in the “preface” on...

Moses as Mediator: A Type of Christ

The mediatorship was an office in the church instituted by God. lit was an office to which belonged the following duties: reconciling the people of Israel to God through a sacrifice by blood; praying for this people on the grounds of the merits of this sacrifice; blessing this people in God’s name and thus bringing the virtue of the sacrifice in living connection with them; speaking to this people God’s word and bringing them under its yoke. He who served this office was thus mediator of God and man. All the aforesaid duties formed his mediation. By virtue of his...

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 7, Chapter 2: The Nature of Faith (continued)

Saving faith, however, is also hearty confidence. The Catechism teaches us that true faith is not only a certain knowledge, “but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart; that not only to others, but to me also remission of sin, everlasting righteousness mid salvation, are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits.” After the emphasis we placed upon the knowledge of faith as a spiritual apprehension of the God of our salvation In Christ, and of all the spiritual blessings in Him, It would seem...

Abundance of Rain

And Elijah said unto Ahab? Get thee up, eat and drink: for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees? And said to his servant? Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said? There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh timey that he said, Behold? there ariseth a little...

6/15/1943