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Vol 27 Issue 01

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Contribution

Esteemed Editor: May I have just a little space in the Standard Bearer also, to ask a few questions with regard to the article of Rev. Blankespoor in re: the “Declaration of Principles” proposed by our last synod? I am confident that the editor can certainly give Rev. Blankespoor the light he seeks. However, since Rev. Blankespoor is the first to publicly refer to this “declaration” I am interested to know what his difficulties are in this matter. He speaks about origin, intentions, etc., but not one word about contents. I assume that he surely subscribes to the contents of...

We Go To Church (continued)

  “Our Help is in the Name. …” At the very opening of the divine service the pastor says: “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth”. I wonder if the congregation pays much attention to those words which every Sabbath are uttered from the pulpit. Possibly for many of us (pastors often included) these words are little more than a mere formality. We have perhaps grown accustomed to the little expression, and its continued repetition only makes the words more meaningless. Suppose that some morning your pastor would ascend the platform and say:...

Church Membership In His Fear (1): An Important Matter

Both the main topic, upon which we propose to write a few articles, and our sub-topic for this issue could, of course, have been formulated in question form. And yet the introduction of a question mark would have changed the formulation somewhat. To ask, “Is Church Membership a Matter of the Fear of the Lord?” and to write on that question, is not quite the same as writing on the topic “Church Membership in His Fear.” The former leaves the matter open to doubt, and such a formulation would require a demonstration. The latter formulation, however, proceeds from the assumption...

Exposition of Hebrews 10:19-25 (2)

In our former article we called attention to the fact, that here in the book of Hebrews in general and particularly in this passage, drawing near to God means a coming to the living God. When we draw near to God we draw near to God as He lives in the holy place, as He is enthroned on high. We also noticed, that the text here in question teaches us that our drawing near to God must be done in true hearts, that is, with hearts that are filled with the love of God through the Holy Spirit. Our hearts...

David’s Praise of the Lord Among the Heathen

In grateful awareness that in warfare with the heathen his victories were the Lord’s, David vowed that he would give thanks unto the Lord among the heathen. The lines read: Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, And I will sing praises unto thy name. An identical sentiment receives expression in Ps. 96. Here it meets us in the form of an exhortation: Sing unto the Lord, bless, his name, shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. The wonders of the Lord were all...

The Idea Of Creation (5)

 The Creator. We must beware of the error of Tritheism in our discussion of the Creator of the heavens and the earth. That the authors of the Heidelberg Catechism did not teach this error is evident from the quotation from Ursinus which we quoted in our previous article. We also noted in that article that our Confession of Faith, too, does not propagate the teaching that there are three gods. Finally, we would also call attention to the fact that the first article of the twelve articles does not teach this error. This is evident from the article itself. This...

Jehovah’s Blessing

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, on this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make His face to shine unto thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27 Even the fact that we have here the glorious name of Jehovah mentioned three times in this blessing is proof that...

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