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“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye, for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.” Matt. 28:5, 6a.
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An imaginary case. Several young people appear at the consistory. To make confession of faith? No. They are confessing members, and very pious.
April 14, 1949 is now a very important date in the history of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo. That day is important because it marked the occasion of the dedication of the new church edifice which the congregation had recently completed.
In our exposition of the idea of the sacraments we emphasized the fact that a certain rite or ceremony in order to partake of the character of a sacrament must be divinely instituted. Bread, wine, and water are in their very nature symbols of nourishment and of purification; but this does not constitute them as sacraments. Sacraments must be divinely appointed or ordained and instituted in the Church. Also the latter element, namely, that they are instituted in the Church as a whole and must be observed by the Church, is undoubtedly essential to sacraments.
The sixth proposition agreed upon by the Rev. E. G. van Teylingen and Dr. F. L. Bos reads as follows: “That the demand of faith and repentance (conversion) which in the gospel comes to all that are comprehended in the covenant and congregation of God is completely founded on the covenant promise and is dominated and determined thereby according to the word of the Lord: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it”. Regarding this proposition we remark the following: