The task of the deacon is manifold. If our discussion of this office has been somewhat prolonged, it is only because we desire to emphasize the importance and difficulty of the labors of these spiritual ministers of mercy in a time in which much of the proper esteem for this office has been lost. The deacon is more than a financial advisor, bookkeeper or accountant of the church.
We live in a world that prides itself on its polish, refinement and politeness. Children are taught to say. “Thank you,” “Pardon me,” “Please” and the like. The automobile has done much to take away the polite “Ladies First” policy; and our traffic situation would, indeed, be a sorry mess if that were to be the rule of procedure at the intersection, for passing on the highways or for procedure down the road.
It is true that in this issue of the Standard Bearer a new volume will have been begun. However, after some reflection I decided not to begin writing on a different section from the Word of God, but to continue with our exposition of I Corinthians 1-4. After all this 4th chapter too belongs with the material we have been discussing, and contains some very worth-while instruction on the proper conduct in the house of God.
Chapter III Rev. 1:9-20 CHRIST IN THE MIDST OF THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS “The things which are” refer to the things then present as a basis for the things to come, and, therefore, to the things that are always present, for as the Dutch poet Bilderdijk expressed it: “In ‘t verleden ligt het heden, In het nu, wat worden zal.”
Election and Reprobation That Berkouwer has but little sympathy for the Scriptural truth of reprobation is evident from more than one passage of his book “The Election of God.” One of these passages is found on p. 254 where he tries to explain Rom. 9:22 in such a way that it does not refer to reprobation. He refers especially to the words: “the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.” And on these words he writes as follows (I translate):
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Revelation 5:9“I cannot sing the old songs: they are too dear to me!” That’s the dolorous plaint of the world. We’ve heard it sung and played often.