All Articles For Vol 32 Issue 02 10/15/1955

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The task of selecting men to serve in the offices of the church is a very serious matter. Calvin says that Paul mentions it in preference to everything else because in the spiritual building (the church) it nearly comes next to the doctrine. It is a labor that must be done with greatest discretion and much prayer. The church that ignores this will surely suffer dire consequences of ill-government for it is like a plague to the church when either unscrupulous or spiritually incompetent men control the presbytery.

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Article VII. Who teach: That there is in this life no fruit and no consciousness of the unchangeable election to glory, nor any certainty, except that which depends on a changeable and uncertain condition. For not only is it absurd. to speak of an uncertain certainty, but also contrary of the experience of the saints, who by virtue of the consciousness of their election rejoice with the Apostle and praise this favor of God,Eph.

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To follow now the ecclesiastical legislation respecting this patriarchal oligarchy in chronological order (having discussed the rise of the organization of the hierarchy and the rise of the patriarchs, Philip Schaff now proceeds to discuss the synodical legislation on the patriarchal power and jurisdiction—H.V.): 

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“By their fruits ye shall know them.”  No man plucking an apple off the tree will conclude—if he be in his right mind—that this must indeed be an orange tree, for it bears apples.  By their fruits ye shall know all the trees of the field. But “By their fruits ye shall know them” Jesus also said in regard to men and their works. Ye shall know whether they are children of God or children of the devil by their works which are the fruit.  Man has fruits too! 

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Chapter 1: The Will of God In the preceding paragraph we touched upon the distinction between the will of God’s counsel, or the will of His decree, and the will of His command, or His ethical will. The same distinction is often expressed by the terms “secret and revealed will of God.” God’s decrees are called the secret will, while the will of God’s command is designated as His revealed will: These terms, however, are not quite correct. And they are often the occasion of a serious misunderstanding.

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