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MET IN SIOUX CENTER, IOWA—MARCH 4-7, 1953 Report of Classis West Rev. Peter De Boer calls the meeting to order. Psalter No. 200 is sung, reads Psalm 91 and offers prayer. Credentials show, twelve churches to be represented by twenty-two delegates. Those present for the first time sign the F. of S. Rev. L. Doezema is chairman for the day and Rev. Die Boer records the minutes.
Hoeksema’s Foolish Binding? In the “Poortwake”, a weekly paper of the Girl’s Societies of the Liberated Churches in the Netherlands, in the issue of February 6th, page 384, we came across a little article under the caption: “Een Zichtbare Of Onzichtbare Kerk”, a Visible or Invisible Church. The article is reflecting on another article appearing in a Canadian paper, also sponsored by the Liberated Group, written by a certain Rev.
“To him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God”. Psalm 50:23
Scripture is no book of formulated doctrines Scripture, although not a book of formulated doctrines, is, of course, the source of all doctrines. The Bible is not merely a revelation of a truth. Christianity, we understand, is not simply a religion or another religion. It is not true, of course, that Christ proclaimed truth, but that Confucius and Mohammed, etc., also proclaimed truth. The Bible is the revelation of the truth. It is the Lord’s own and only inspired revelation of Himself as the God of our salvation.
In these days of “Lent” is may be doing the careful reader a service by asking attention to the meaning of a portion of Isaiah 53. There are some fundamental considerations to keep in mind when we try to interpret this beautiful passage in which the suffering servant of the Lord is portrayed to us with such clarity that we see the very essence of the mystery of the cross.
Two plus two is five. If your child came home from school with that kind of arithmetic, you would not be surprised to find a low mark on his report card. If he were actually taught that in school by his teacher, you would make a certain visit to her and if that did not avail, to the school board for allowing such things to be taught your child. Two plus two is four.
As was said, “the man’s” words were cutting. All that Joab could manage in the way of reply was that he would not thus tarry with “the man” wasting time in useless argument. Absalom in the meantime might escape by himself or some of the people with as little courage as “this man” might release him from the tree and deliver him up to David alive. Unable to understand David’s attitude, he was determined to see to it that Absalom did not leave that forest alive.
3. God’s Revelation (cont’d) Originally God revealed Himself in paradise through the things that are made, in the Holy Spirit, to the man as he stood in the image of God in the state of original righteousness, God had called out of nothing, by the Word of His power, the whole beautiful universe. And every creature in that universe was indeed a Word of God, a symbol by which God revealed Himself to man. The whole creation spelled the name of the creator. For “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
DE BIJBEL TOEGELICHT VOOR HET NEDERLANDSCHE VOLK. (The Bible explained for the Dutch people). Published by J.H. Kok, N.V., Kampen, the Netherlands. EXODUS, by Dr. P.N. Kruyswijk. In an introduction the writer points out the purpose or canonical significance of Exodus as follows: “What is the purpose of the divine revelation in Exodus? It purposes to proclaim the continuation of God’s redemptive work, whereby God fulfills His promises in the adoption of His people, and with a view to the coming of Christ.”