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In the last paragraph of our former article we were speaking of the fact, that grace, the grace of God is only experienced, seen and known by us as it is historically realized in Christ Jesus. This means that there is a definite date on the calendar in which this was realized, a time in history, a moment in time when grace had fully become a reality in Christ Jesus. At that moment the shadows and typical-levitical institutions were abolished, all righteousness fulfilled. That moment was when Christ said: It is finished.
A few days after these lines appear in print, our churches will, the Lord willing, celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our denomination.
Rev. J. Howerzyl Dear Brother, In my last installment I was occupied with your “little difficulty” regarding my statements on written and unwritten creeds. As you see it what I wrote on pages 62 and 63 of the Standard Bearer for Nov. 1, 1949, contains contradictory statements. The statements are these: 1) The Christian Reformed synod
That the revelation to David by Nathan forms a prophecy that reached its final fulfillment in Christ and the realities founded on His atonement is plain from the use that the New Testament Scriptures make of that prediction. “To which of the angels said he at any time, I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son (Heb. 1:5). Here the writer quotes Nathan literally (II Sam.
God’s Counsel Exclusively Divine and Sovereign. Over against the Arminians the Fathers of Dordrecht defended the sovereign and unconditional character of the counsel of God and set forth their findings in the well-known Canons of Dordrecht.
Brother M. K. from K. Mich., asks the following question: Rev. H. Hoeksema, Editor Standard Bearer Grand Rapids, Mich. Dear Sir: I am interested in the question regarding the baptism in our churches of adopted children.
But let us now attend to the contents of the Lord’s Day we are discussing at present.
(DUTCH REMOVED) “Faith is only an instrument with which we embrace Christ our righteousness.”—Netherland Confession. “The Synod rejects the errors of those: Who teach: That God chose out of all possible conditions the act of faith as a condititon of salvation.”—Canons of Dordrecht.
“And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Lev. 21:27 There are people going to heaven! The wonder of it! The door to the New Jerusalem is opened to a countless throng!