All Articles For Vol 32 Issue 19 8/1/1956

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When we speak of the proper use of the term “condition,” we cannot appeal to the use of the term in Scripture, since it never appears there. In that sense it is not a Scriptural term. That does not yet imply that it is contrary to the Scriptures, for there are numerous accepted terms among us, such as “attribute,” “sacrament,” and “providence,” which are not found in the Bible, but do express the truth of Scripture. When we use such terms, we always make sure that the church of the past has given, and that we give a Scriptural connotation...

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Article V. Who teach: That all men have been accepted unto the state of reconciliation and unto the grace of the covenant, so that no one is worthy of condemnation on account of original sin, and that no one shall be condemned because of it, but that all are free from the guilt of original sin. For this opinion is repugnant to Scripture which teaches that we are by nature children of wrath. Eph. 2:3.

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A prayer is a request.  It must be a request for that to which we have a right. But it is and must be a request.  That it must be a request for that to which we have a right is expressed in the phrase to which we already called your attention: “For Jesus’ sake.” For His sake we have a right to the things for which we pray. And let us understand that for His sake there are definite rights to definite blessings for definite individuals. 

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The question stated and the Lord’s rebuke.  1. And it came to pass in the fourth year of Darius the king, that the word of Jehovah came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, in Kislev, 2. when Bethel sent Shalzezer and Regem-melech and his men to beseech the face of Jehovah, 3. to speak to the priests who were at the house of Jehovah of Hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Shall I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done so many years?

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Election and Arbitrariness  In his book on the Election of God, Dr. Berkouwer has one chapter on “Verkiezing en Willekeur;” i.e. “Election and Arbitrariness or Capriciousness.” In it he means to demonstrate that the will of God concerning election is never arbitrary but always well motivated and consistent, has a definite purpose in view.  This, of course, no Reformed man will ever deny. 

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