I’ll never forget the farmer who brings his busy day’s work to a close early on Saturday afternoons, so he has ample time to prepare for the Sabbath. Perhaps not everyone can do that, and life is far too complicated to put it into alphabetical files, but most of us can adopt some system which gives us time to prepare for the Sabbath. Some of us were discussing the other days how come that we, with a world full of conveniences, seem to have less time than when these conveniences were unknown. No doubt the book of Ecclesiastes holds an...
That faith is a gift of God not only in the first impartation of the same in regeneration, but that it is also gift of God in its constant activity as it is worked in us by the Holy Spirit though the Gospel we have shown in our former article. What we there wrote concerning faith as the constant gift of God does not mean that God works an endless series of regenerative acts in us, that he constantly creates anew.
We now turn to the 9th and 10th verses of Isaiah 53 and, as quoting the original text, read the Word of God as follows: “But they assigned him his grave with the wicked, but he was with the rich man in his death, because he had done no wrong nor was guilt in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him: he hath put him to grief. When his soul shall make a guilt offering for sin, he shall see his seed; he shall live long; and the purpose of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”
Once more we meet with the term condition in the Canons of Dordrecht, and again the word is put in the mouth of the Remonstrants. It is found in Chapter V, Rejection of Errors, 1: ‘The true doctrine having been’ explained, the Synod rejects the errors of those:
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4