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Vol 22 Issue 14

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Periscope

Regeneration . . . . When? It is of interest to notice that among all the subjects which are undergoing debate in the Netherlands, there is also the question: “Does the Spirit work regeneration in anyone before hearing the Gospel?” Reduced to its simplest form: Can infants and little children be said to be regenerated? Dr. C. Vonk, in his “Wedergeboorte der Kinderen” proceeds to tell us that neither Scripture nor the Confessions teaches regeneration as existing in infants. Which does not mean, as we might erroneously conclude, that therefore infants cannot be saved. Strange enough, quite the opposite. In...

From Holy Writ: Ephesians 1:11, 12

“In Him, in whom we have been made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of the all things energizing One according to the counsel of His will, in order that we should be unto the praise of His glory, we who before hoped in Christ.” Ephesians 1:11, 12 That God has caused all wisdom and prudence to richly abound to the New Testament Church, in the beloved Son in the flesh, is the clear teaching of the apostle Paul in the preceding verses. According to His eternal good pleasure God has purposed to sum up all things...

To The Utmost of Your Power (2)

The fear of the Lord is a profound respect for and solemn wonder before God in love. He who fears the Lord loves Him and in holy reverence and awe recognizes Him as the sovereign creator and possessor of all things. Of this we wrote in our former essay, but as we also remarked then that there is more to that fear of the Lord. An important element in that fear of the Lord is trust in Him. He who fears the Lord believes in Him and looks to Him for all his needs both spiritual and physical. In the...

St. Thomas of Canterbury

The previous article was but another chapter in the centuries-old contest between the papacy and the secular power for supremacy in the European Christian commonwealth of the middle ages. As has been repeatedly explained in previous articles and what we must always keep before our mind, if the history of the church of the Middle Ages is to be understood, is that, in those ages church and state were fused together, so to speak, into a Christian commonwealth, that, according to the papal party, the pope, but that according to the imperial party, the emperor, formed, should form, under God...

Eli’s Punishment

The sons of Eli were wicked men. The narrator calls them “sons of Belial, who knew not God.” First he portrays their wickedness with respect to the sacrificial meal of the offering. The law specified (Leviticus 7:31-35) the portion of the sacrifice which the sons of Aaron should receive; namely, the breast and the right shoulder. But while the meat was in the pan, Eli’s sons took whatever flesh their hook could spear. The law required also that the fat and other choice portions should be burned on the altar as a sweet savor unto the Lord. (1 Sam. 3:3-5)....

Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 19, Chapter 3: The Coming Of The Lord (cont.)

And throughout the New Testament, the hope of the Church in the world is fixed upon the return of her Lord in glory. At the occasion of the ascension of Christ from Mount Olivet, the angels that stand by the amazed apostles as they gaze up into the heavens address them as follows: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” And these words, while in their comparison of the ascension of...

The Liberated Churches in The Netherlands

THE CHURCH POLITICAL ASPECT: More important, and certainly more clearly defined than the doctrinal issues that divide the Liberated Church from the Synodicals in the Netherlands, is the church-political side of the controversy, the question of justice and right in the churches, of church government and its proper execution. While, with a view to the question of the truth and doctrine involved, it is somewhat difficult to discover what it is all about, the difference between the groups with regard to church polity is so great and definite, that it is not difficult at all to choose sides. On this...

God’s Great Love

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 8:16 God so loved. . . . And that explains the “must” of the preceding verse! As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. Another way than the way of the cross there was not for the Son of man to enter into His glory. He must be exalted, to be sure, but only through deepest humiliation and shame. For God so loved...

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