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Vol 21 Issue 22

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Tempted, Yet Without Sin

The subject that was assigned us bore the high sounding title, “The Non Posses Peccare of Christ and His Temptations”. Fearing that we might frighten away some of our readers by such a title which they were not able to translate, we have taken the liberty to treat the same material under the title above. Briefly, our essay deals with the impossibility for Christ to sin and His temptations. That Christ could not sin is taught us in Scripture and follows from the very fact that He is the Son of God. Although Christ assumed our flesh and took upon...

Christ Forbidding to Spread His Fame

Any and every subject that relates to the Christ is of chief interest to the disciple of Christ. Christ’s followers of all ages, those who earnestly seek salvation, carefully observe all that is written concerning the revelation of the Servant of God. And, the above subject has often been the consideration of Christians. That Christ forbade someone to speak of His work, and to spread His fame abroad is a fact. However, this cannot be His purpose and command in every sense of the word. If we consider that He came to reveal Himself to us and that He did...

Monasticism (2)

Monasticism is but another term for Asceticism. The ascetic, in course of time, forsook life and retreated into a monastery and therefore the way of life that took on a concrete form in him acquired the name Monasticism. The origin and nature of asceticism has been treated fully and critically in a previous article. Thus in this writing we are occupied with other phases of the subject. First its development. Monasticism passed through four stages of development. Its roots are traceable as far back as the first century of our Christian era. Already then many Christians had the custom of...

The Old and the New Covenant

(Confirmation of an article under the above caption appearing in the previous issue). That there was actually such a symbolical-typical satisfaction, forgiveness and sanctification, is also proved by the transaction that consisted in Aaron’s laying both hands upon the head of the scape-goat and confessing over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel and this goat’s bearing upon him all their iniquities. The passage that sets forth the instructions for this ceremony reads as follow, “And Aaron shall lay both hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children...

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 16, Chapter 4: The Descension Into Hell

The third possible explanation of the article concerning Christ’s descension into hell, and the one which, according to Dr. Phillip Schaff (Creeds of Christendom, II, 46), presents the meaning of the early church, is that it refers to “an actual self “-manifestation of Christ after the crucifixion to all the departed spirits.” And Dr. Schaff continues: “As such the descent is a part of the universality of the scheme of redemption, and forms the transition from the state of humiliation to the state of exaltation.” Whether or not “this is the historical explanation, according to the belief of the ancient...

The Liberated Churches in The Netherlands (17)

The following information, which contains a literal copy of a protest or letter sent by the Revs. M. De Goede and C. Veenhof (well-known to former readers of De Reformatie), and twenty eight elders to their consistory in Utrecht, and is, therefore, official and reliable, may serve to throw additional light on the cause of the schism in the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. By way of introduction my informer writes that the above brethren had sent a protest to their consistory as early as June 1944, in which they had declared that they could not acquiesce in the doctrinal...

The Text of a Complaint (2)

With reference to the last point of the “Complaint”, I have demonstrated thus far, first of all, that the claim on the part of the complainants to the right of an irrational position must be denied them their position, that God seeks sincerely the salvation of the reprobate is not irrational, but presupposes an Arminian view of reprobation; and, secondly, that their argument in support of this their contention is very superficial throughout. The last point I wish to make in this connection is that, in their claim that God seeks the salvation of the reprobate, they directly contradict Holy...

In the Light of His Word

Thy word is a lamp undo my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 A lamp unto my feet! And a light upon my path is thy Word! Such, emphatically, is the meaning of this part of the Word of God in the one hundred and nineteenth psalm. Not upon the Word as such, which, in fact, is the theme of the entire psalm, but upon its function and blessedness as a guiding light, as a light that shines in the darkness upon my pathway, as I have to travel it through the midst of the world, falls...

9/15/1945