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REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST IN SESSION JULY 14, 1948 Classis East of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in the First Church on Wednesday, July 14, 1948. The opening exercises were conducted by the Rev. J. A. Heys in the usual manner. The credentials were then read and received showing that all the churches were represented.
Scripture often refers to our relation to God as a relation of servants, our calling to serve Him, and our obligation to devote ourselves with our whole lives in His service.
As children of God we are not OF the world, but we are certainly very much IN the world, and the trends and events of this world have effect upon us. We are confronted with the situations of this present world. This is especially true in respect to our to-be-married or our just-married young people. The housing shortage effects every one of us, but especially our young people who are planning to enter or have recently entered upon married life.
As we have seen, the Lord through David again confronted Saul with evidence such as could be seen and handled that the son of Jesse seeks not the king’s life to take it. As pricked in his conscience and as filled with carnal remorse, the king confessed, “I have sinned/’ But he was not truly penitent. As was pointed out, he was subdued and afraid and remorseful like the doomed in hell are subdued and afraid and remorseful. That Saul was not truly penitent, that at the core he now was harder than ever, is plain from the sequel of...
The epistle of Paul to the Galatians is surely of interest to anyone who is concerned with the question whether the promises of the covenant are conditional or unconditional. In the early part of this epistle the apostle had defended his apostleship. There were false teachers, also in the congregation of the Galatians, who had disputed his apostolic authority. He refutes them and proves himself commissioned of God to preach to the Gentiles.
That the Roman Catholic Church, by its doctrine of justification, means an infused rather than an imputed righteousness is also plain from the following:
A short while ago, a brother asked me why I did not react to a certain article, or, rather, editorial in The Banner of April 28, 1948. The truth of the matter is that when I read the editorial in question I intended to answer it, but due to other pressing material for editorial reaction it arrived in the background, where it lay, until this brother prompted me. I am of the opinion that we should make some comment on the editorial referred to.
“And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.” Jeremiah 32:39 This text is the expression of the wonder, the miraculous wonder, of the lovingkindness of our covenant God. In order to see this, we will have to tell you a bit about the historical background.