All Articles For Vol 26 Issue 15 5/1/1950

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It is not news to tell you that the First Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo has had a change. The readers are no doubt aware that Rev. H. Veldman has left Kalamazoo to labor in the congregation at Hamilton, Ontario, and that Rev. E. Knott has accepted the call to Kalamazoo to serve as pastor of this congregation. We feel, however, that you will be interested in a report of the events connected with this change.

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In the controversy on conditions and not conditional, you often hear this remark of those who agree with the conditional theology: “Well they can’t always be tied to Mama’s apron strings!” The meaning here is obvious. By Mama here is meant the professors of our theological school. Especially the Rev. H. Hoeksema, and the Rev. G. M. Ophoff. And the children here are those who have studied in our theological school, which happen to be all boys.

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“And they will break my covenant which I have made with them” (Deut. 31:16). Can the covenant be broken? This scripture says that it can. The carnal seed in the church—the non-elect baptized—do break the covenant. And apart from Christ’s grace, God’s believing people do likewise. That, too, is their great sin. First, let us see what this does not mean.

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We are occupied with David’s successes in war. As was said, in order to appreciate these successes, regard must be had to the boundaries of the land that the people of Israel, in fulfillment of the promise, was made to inherit. As was explained, according to Num. 34 this inheritance was small. As was stated it included but a narrow strip of land approximately 160 miles in length and whose greatest width measured 50 miles. The territory occupied by the two and a half tribes east of the Jordan was added later.

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Supralapsarianism and Infralapsarianism. Many of us are familiar with the literal meaning of the words, “supralapsarianism” and ‘ infralapsarianism”. The prefixes, “supra” and “infra”, mean “above” and “below” respectively. The word “lapsis”, which we recognize in both words, means “fall”. Hence, Supralapsarianism means: above the fall, and Infralapsarianism means: below the fall.

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Now the Lord’s Supper signifies first of all that God establishes His covenant with us unilaterally, that is: He establishes it alone and sovereignly. This is expressed in Question and Answer 75: “How art thou admonished and assured in the Lord’s Supper, that thou art a partaker of that one sacrifice of Christ, accomplished on the cross, and of all his benefits?

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