All Articles For Vol 21 Issue 21 9/1/1945

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Editor, The Standard Bearer, The undersigned read your most interesting remarks upon THE DESCEMSION INTO HELL appearing on page 457 of the Standard Bearer of Aug. 1945. I have no criticism to offer, for I agree with your explanations of the 44th question and answer of our Catechism, discussed by you upon said page. Although agreeing with you, I am nevertheless not satisfied with the answer of the Catechism, nor your explanation as given by you and others explaining this part of our Catechism. There seems to be a serious void which has no reason of existence, as I see...

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The covenant of grace is the gracious relation of living fellowship and friendship between God and His people in Christ wherein He is their God and they are His people. In that covenant God forms the elect to be His people, makes them partakers of all the benefits of Christ and leads them on to eternal glory. This He does through the Holy Spirit who dwells in Christ as the head and in His people as the members of His body. The question that interests us just now is, Was the covenant of Sinai a manifestation of the covenant of...

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The word parousia is a Greek word denoting a return or arrival of some one. Our subject therefore deals with the return of Christ, His second advent. To be still more specific this article treats “The sign of the Son of Man” in that return. We should also notice that we are not writing about different signs, but about the sign of His coming. Scripture often speaks about thelse various signs that show His coming and His nearness. There is the sign of the Gospel being preached over the whole earth, the sign of the ever-increasing apostacy of the church,...

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It is hardly conceivable that a stronger Scriptural proof can be quoted against the teaching of “Common Grace” than the explanation, by Christ Himself, of the Decalogue or the Law of the Ten Commandments, in Matt. 22:35-40. We read there: “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus saith unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second...

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The humanity of Christ. The same church fathers—Origin, Clement of Alexandria, Ireneus, Turtullian and others—clearly and forcibly assert Christ’s humanity and refute doeetism at length. Docetism, denying the full reality of the human nature of Christ, corrupted it to a spectre, an apparition. These fathers attached great importance to Christ’s flesh, that is, to His full and complete human nature, His virgin birth and (His suffering and dying on the cross. They contended that Christ must be man, like unto us in all things, sin excepted, if He would redeem us from corruption and make us perfect. As sin and...

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We arrange our materials under the following three points. 1)  The Scriptures make mention of two such covenants. 2)  The two covenants compared. 3)  The relation between the two. 1) We are justified in speaking of two such covenants in view of the language of the following scripture passages. Jer. 31:31-34: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them...

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All our readers are by this time, no doubt, acquainted with the fact that, during the period when the old country was occupied by the Nazis, a separation or secession took place of considerable dimensions in the Reformed (Gereformeerde) Churches there, and that said separation was attributed largely to the influence and leadership of Dr. K. Schilder. Until the present moment, we were not in a position to write about this new movement, for the simple reason that all our knowledge of the matter was based on mere very vague rumors. All official and matter of fact information was utterly...

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The news that an ”atomic bomb” had been perfected, and the description of its horrible power of destruction, was a shock even to the world. What a tremendous instrument of destruction has been placed in the hands of sinful men by this invention! With one blow it is capable of wiping out whole cities, and of sending to their death tens of thousands of men, women, and children, that are literally seared to death. Its heat is so tremendous, according to reliable reports, that steel towers are evaporated into thin air by it. We shuddered when twice it was employed...

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The “Complaint” quotes a long list of references to passages in the Gospel according to John, in which, according to Dr. Herman Kuiper, from whose book on Calvin on Common Grace the list is obtained, Calvin finds “the idea that God invites both elect and reprobate men to salvation and offers salvation to all men promiscuously.” We have neither the space nor the desire to check up on this list of texts. One or two remarks may [suffice in this connection. First of all, for my own satisfaction I did look up half a dozen of the references quoted, and...

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