In session July 11-12, 1956 at Hudsonville, Michigan Rev. G. Lanting, chairman of the previous Classis, led in devotions and declared Classis constituted. According to rotation, Rev. J.A. McCollam then presided, while Rev. Lanting recorded minutes. The minutes of the April session were read and approved, and the chairman read the agenda before Classis. The Revs. G. Lubbers, G.M. Ophoff and H.C. Hoeksema begin present at Classis were welcomed and given advisory vote.
The spring meeting of the Ladies’ League of the Prot. Ref. Churches was held on the afternoon of April 13. The meeting was opened by singing Psalter No. 298 and 356, after which our President, Mrs. H. Veldman, read I Peter 3 and led us in prayer. A word of welcome was extended to all the ladies gathered at our Doon church. The secretary then read the minutes and the treasures report was given. The president then introduced the speaker, Rev. J.A.
CHRIST WASHES THE FEET OF HIS DISCIPLES Now before the feast of the tabernacle, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should be depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
Such is the title of an article appearing in the May 10th issue of the Reformed Guardian written by the Rev. J. Blankespoor. In the April 10th ReformedGuardian Rev. J. Howerzyl also reflected on this case of Second Church, and we promised to give answer to him and the Rev. Blankespoor now. I am not only interested in what Rev. Blankespoor wrote relative to the history of the case, the events that led up to the pending court trial, but also in what he did not write and should have written.
“For ye have the poor always with you; but Me ye have not always.” These are the words of Jesus which were spoken at the time of His anointing in Bethany by Mary, the sister of Lazarus. Judas, the betrayer, had severely criticized this act of love and complained that the money spent could have been used better if given to the poor. After the Lord condemned this unjust criticism of a perfectly legitimate deed of love, He turned to His disciples and in them to the church to whom He spoke the above quoted words.
Article IV. Who teach: That the new covenant of grace, which God the, Father, through the mediation of the death of Christ, made with man, does not herein consist, that we by faith, in as much as it accepts the merits of Christ, are justified before God and saved, but in the fact that- God having revoked the demand of perfect obedience of the law, regards faith itself and the obedience of faith, although imperfect, as the perfect obedience of then law, and does esteem it worthy of the reward of eternal life through grace.
The body which is born of the virgin is in truth body united with divinity, not that the body which was received up into the heavens descends, but that the bread itself and the wine are changed into God’s body and blood. But if you enquire how this happens, it is enough for you to learn that it was through the Holy Spirit, just as the Lord took on Himself flesh that subsisted in Him and was born of the holy mother of God through, the Spirit. And we know nothing further save that the Word of God is true...
“For Jesus’ sake, Amen.” That, we saw last time, is one of the essentials of prayer in His fear. We deserve nothing but everlasting punishment; and God, therefore, will give us nothing good for our sakes, that is, for the sake of our works of our worthiness. He will bless us for Jesus’ sake and for no other reason.
The passage from Holy Writ which we wish to discuss in this essay reads, in the King James Version, as follows: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men?”