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II. Its Manifestation. When we ask ourselves the question, how does this multiformity of the church manifest itself?, the answer is evident. True multiformity follows from the basic oneness and rich diversity of the members.
The last matter with which we were occupied in our previous article is the transactions between David and the elders of Israel in Hebron. David made a covenant with them before the Lord. The covenant concluded, they anointed him king over all Israel. As was stated, the section closes with a statement of David’s age and of the whole time of his reign. He was thirty years old when he began to reign. The whole time of his reign was forty years and the time of his reign over Israel was thirty-three years.
In the French confession of faith, which dates from 1559, Article 34, we read the following on the sacraments in general: “We believe that the sacraments are added to the word for more ample confirmation, that they may be to us pledges and seals of the grace of God, and by this means aid and comfort our faith, because of the infirmity which is in us, and that they are outward signs Through which God operates by His Spirit, so that He may not signify anything to us in vain.
In the Dutch paper Eenigheid des Geloofs (Unity of Faith), edited for the benefit of the entire Reformed persuasion (gezindte), there occurred recently several articles constituting a colloquium, or correspondence, between a minister of the synodical church and one of the liberated. The former is the Rev. E. G. van Teylingen; the latter Dr. F. L. Bos.
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Ephesians 5:1, 2 The holy apostle Paul admonished the Christians at Ephesus that they should henceforth not walk even as the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind. The Gentiles have a vain mind. There is nothing to it. It is like air. There is no substance in it. They get nowhere with it.