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There is great rejoicing among many of the Holland immigrants in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. For here on the evening of March 23, a goodly number of them were organized as the Church of Jesus Christ. These sheep of God’s Kingdom had found a home in the midst of our Churches. Their prayers and ours had been answered, and we with them could thank and praise God for His goodness and faithfulness. He had kept His covenant with His people and had led them to the waters of life that flow from His Word and Spirit.
In our last article we were considering verse 7, where we read: “that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus”.
As I brought out in my previous writing, we have every reason to believe that Prof. Schilder is willing to answer questions put to him by me. So I addressed myself to the task of preparing for the professor a list, which I shall now complete.
The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians, by J. B. Lightfoot. Published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $3.50.
Like the sacrament of Holy Baptism so also that of the Holy Supper concentrates, as far as its significance is concerned, around the idea of the covenant as a relation of friendship between God and His people in Christ. This second sacrament, therefore, has not inappropriately been called the Supper of the Lord or the Table of the Covenant or the Communion Table. And this idea of the covenant as a relation of friendship between God and His people is, as we said in our last chapter, beautifully symbolized in our eating and drinking with God at His table.
We must still call attention to the very last part of Canons III, IV, 12. There we read: “Whereupon the will thus renewed, is not only actuated and influenced by God, but in consequence of this influence, becomes itself active. Wherefore also, man is himself rightly said to believe and repent, by virtue of that grace received.” Now the meaning of this is plain.