Vol 22 Issue 05

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Periscope (48)

RETROGRESSION!! The following notice appeared in The Banner of November 9, 1945: “Classis Kalamazoo takes great pleasure in announcing to the various churches of our denomination the union that has been affected between the Protesting First Christian Reformed Church and the Christian Reformed Church on the evening of November 1, 1945. We are deeply grateful to God that He has led this congregation to unite with us, in the bonds of Christian love and fellowship and on the basis of the Holy Scripture, our common confessional standards, and our church order. It is our sincere prayer that the union may...

From Holy Writ: Ephesians 1:4, 5

“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Eph. 1:4 The connection between this verse and the preceding is expressed by the words “according as”. The apostle purposes to develop the keynote of verse 3. He will describe that glorious salvation, our spiritual blessings in heavenly places, which is ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Unto that end he, in verses 4 and 5, refers us to the quiet of eternity, the eternal beginning of our salvation, at the same time revealing...

In The Way He Should Go

What the all-important concept “The fear of the Lord” implies has become clear. Resting on that most basic of all truths that God is GOD, “fear” is all that acknowledges Him as such. It is loving reverence, holy dread, all that and much more. It is all that the creature experiences when he is deeply and properly conscious of the presence of his God. The fear of the Lord implies that we know our God as He is and reveals Himself in all the works of His hands as well as His written Word. It means that we never weary...

Canonical Significance of The Book of Judges

Having brought to completion our treatment of the content of the book of the Judges, there remains to us the task of setting forth the canonical significance of this book. The book of the Judges relates the earliest history of Israel in Canaan. The death of Joshua has deprived the people of their second and last national leader, so that the administration of the affairs of the theocracy mow rests solely on the judges, which according to the command of Moses (Deut. 6:18), the people were to make them in all their gates which the Lord their God would give...

Pope Gregory, or The Great

The dates of the pontificate of this Gregory are 590-604. Thus a hundred and fourteen years intervened between the death of Leo The Great and the commencement of Gregory’s career as Pontiff. In these intervening years, the successors of Leo in the papal chair were more or less unimportant persons. Some of them were not alone mediocre but carnal as well. Men they were whose administrations are among the darkest in the annals of the papacy. As we saw, Leo The Great laid claim to a universal jurisdiction over the whole church. Few of his successors in this century had...

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 17, Chapter 3: The Power of Christ’s Resurrection (continued)

This the Catechism means when it speaks of “that righteousness which he had purchased for us by his death.” He paid the price for our righteousness, the price that was demanded by God’s unchangeable justice applied to the guilty. That price was death. And the price must be paid, righteousness must be purchased. The suffering of death must be a voluntary act of love, just as sin is wanton rebellion and disobedience. And such an act of perfect obedience was the death of Christ. Hence, He purchased righteousness for us by His death. And the resurrection of our Lord is...

The Liberated Churches in The Netherlands (12)

As far as the doctrinal issue is concerned, the difference between the synodical churches (nicknamed “synodocratic” by the leaders of the secession) and the liberated churches centers around a question related1 to the historical realization of God’s covenant, in connection with the closely related question as to the meaning of the sacraments, particularly that of baptism. It does not concern the problem of the covenant as such. As we said before, this was never made an issue. The controversy is concerned with the question: who are in the covenant as it is realized, and reveals itself in this world? Or,...

12/1/1945