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REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST in session Oct. 15, 1947 at Grand Rapids, Mich. This meeting of Classis was held at the Second Protestant Reformed Church, of Grand Rapids, Mich. The meeting was begun with the singing of Psalter No. 357. Rev. H. DeWolf then read I Peter 5 and led in prayer.
The concept “Day of the Lord” or the idea contained in that term is expressed by the writers of Holy Writ throughout. Besides the literal reference it is designated by such expressions as: “day of visitation”, “day of vengeance”, “day of battle”, “day of evil”, “day of wrath”, “day of destruction”, “day the Lord made”, and “especially in the Old Testament, simply as “the day”, and even more frequently as “that day”.
That it is of great importance to see the special significance John attaches to the term “Sign” we have attempted to demonstrate in our former article. More could be said to substantiate our contention, but we trust that what we have written will, at least for the present, be sufficient to indicate its importance. We will have ample opportunity to refer to this matter again later in this essay in another connection.
John and Mary are keeping company. The relation between these two young people is for no small part a sexual relationship. God has created us thus. This relationship must also come under the sphere of Covenant living and be conducted “in His fear”. Perhaps these are things which are less often discussed, but this does not remove the fact that they ought to be considered. Shall There be Sex-Information?
We now turn to the ninth chapter of the book of Exodus, the thirteenth and the fourteenth verses, and read, “And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thine servants, and upon thine people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.”
The meaning of the Lord’s repenting him that he set up Saul to be king has been explained. “Saul”, to quote the Lord’s own words, “is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments.” In the beginning of his career he did so, yet not truly but only outwardly’. His obedience was not motivated by love of God but by love of self.
The Scriptures are the Word of God. This expression implies three things. In the first place, the Bible is the Word of God because it was spoken by God. All Scripture, we believe, was given by inspiration of God. The Bible is the only book which can trace its origin directly to the Lord. In the second place, the Bible is the Word of God because it is the infallible record of the Word of God. I now refer to God’s Word as a word which God alone can speak and as He alone can speak it.
This is the fourth article, written by the Rev. L. Doekes of the Netherlands Reformed Church, maintaining Art. 31, in answer to the four questions our Editor asked him, Vol. 23 of the Standard Bearer, March 15, 1947, page 271. This fourth article appeared in De Reformatie, Sept. 13, 1947, pp. 398, 399.