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During the past eight months we, in the congregation of Doon, have been through the Lord’s dispensation without a pastor. On Sunday, February 6, the Reverend John Blankespoor preached his farewell to the congregation. This was followed on the evening of February 10 by a congregational farewell to Reverend and Mrs. Blankespoor and their family, at which the congregation wished them the Lord’s blessing in their new field of labor.
It is a remarkable fact, at once dead earnest and comforting for the believer, that the Word of God is always practical. The Bible never is dry scholasticism. It is never interested in a system of truth and doctrine for the mere sake of this system and doctrine. It is always the Word of God, the means of grace employed by the Holy Spirit to work faith and repentance in Christ, or to take away all excuse from unbelief and disobedience.
We turn to the 6th and 7th verse of the 23rd chapter of Isaiah and read here God’s Word as follows, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquities of us all. He was oppressed and was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before His shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.”
Let me repeat the line of thought of the professor’s article, the second half of which I must still treat. As was said the professor charges me with two, I should have said, three follies.
2. Different Views Of The Covenant, (continued)