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We called your attention last time to the fact that we can praise God only because He has created us with a most wonderful mind whose powers enable us to function as prophets. And by His grace and the work of regeneration through His Spirit as well as through the instrumentality of His Word, we can be prophets of the living God. In this connection we also began to call your attention to the great evil of closing our minds to that Word, thus abusing both our minds and the prophetic office.
In this instalment in the series of articles of Eph. 1:1-3 we hope to finish our expository studies on this passage. Not that we could not write more on it, but we trust that what we thus contribute will aid our readers in some measure to appreciate their great heritage in Christ; to see by the strength of the enlightenment of the heart, and that by way of contrast, what is the exceeding greatness of the power of God in Christ to us who believe, in raising us out of such a great death with Him into heavenly places.
In the Standard Bearer, Jan. 15, 1950, the Revs. Kok and De Jong attempt to clear themselves by quoting two telegrams they have received from the Netherlands. But their attempt to clear themselves ends in complete failure. These telegrams do not deny that they made the statements ascribed to them in the letter of Prof. Holwerda.
First of all, I will attempt to trace briefly the development of this tremendous dogma throughout the ages of the development of God’s Church in the New Dispensation. And we set out by declaring immediately that there are, fundamentally, but two conceptions of the counsel of God: God or man. Generally speaking, this principle may be applied to the presentation of any phase of the truth.
On the other hand, there are in the Reformed churches those that must have nothing of presumptive regeneration as a basis for the baptism of infants, but who rather find the ground for infant baptism in the promise of the covenant. For this promise is: I will be your God and the God of your seed.
It was not my purpose originally at this stage of my discussion on the question of conditions to reply to the writing of the Rev. Petter in Concordia. The purpose of my writing is not to carry on a controversy, but rather to give a positive, and more or less systematic, exposition of the whole subject from a Reformed point of view. And it certainly is not conducive to the realization of this purpose to pay too much attention to what others write and especially to the writing of the Rev. A. Petter.
“And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil …. I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. Zeph. 1:12, 3:12