Dear Editor: While taking a short trip in the western part of Michigan a few weeks ago, we noticed an attractive roadside sign near the highway on the outskirts of a small village where one of our churches is located. Printed on the sign, for all who drove by to see, was the following message, “The Baptist—Reformed—Christian Reformed—Congregational churches of—Welcome You.”
Recently a brother sent me a bundle of old “Church News” and “Concordias” in which appear writings of some of the ministers who left us in the schism of 1953. These are the ministers who are responsible for the letter which was sent to the synod of the Christian Reformed Church of 1957, a copy of which appeared in the last issue of The Standard Bearer. As those who read the letter well know, those responsible for writing and sending it ask the Christian Reformed Church to interpret the Three Points of 1924 which they confess they may have misinterpreted.
Anyone standing in the outer court of the tabernacle in the old dispensation and looking into the Holy Place, where only the priest might enter, would immediately have his attention focused on the square piece of furniture standing immediately in front of the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. This was the altar of incense, from which sweet and pleasant odors of incense arose which filled both apartments of the house of God. At the wall to the right stood the table of shewbread, and to the left the golden candlestick.
PART TWO EXPOSITION OF THE CANONS THIRD AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE OF THE CORRUPTION OF MAN, HIS CONVERSION TO GOD, AND THE MANNER THEREOF Article 13. The manner of this operation cannot be fully comprehended by believers in this life. Notwithstanding which, they rest satisfied with knowing and experiencing that by this grace of God they are enabled to believe with the heart, and love their Savior.
We certainly must. We always do live and die as the Lord wills. Whether we live or whether we die depends entirely upon His will. That we considered last time. But it is equally true that we must live as the Lord wills. It is our calling always to submit to His will. Always must we so live, that is, so conduct our lives, that we are inwardly in agreement with His will with us.
We now come to the final discussion of Paul on the relative value of the spiritual gifts of “speaking with tongues” and of the greater gift of “prophesying” in the church. It will be of benefit to us to follow the reasoning of Paul step by step. In so doing we should observe that Paul ends this discussion of spiritual gifts in a very conclusive manner. There are three phases to this final argument of the apostle.
9. Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion, shout, daughter of Jerusalem, behold thy king cometh unto thee, just is he and saved, meek and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt, the she-asses foal. 10. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace to the nations, and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.
The Lion of Judah’s tribe is at the same time the root of David. But this symbol pictures in unmistakable language the unity of the old and the new dispensations. The kingdom of David from its spiritual side is no other than the kingdom of Christ in the new dispensation. The one kingdom is in its outward manifestation only typical of the other. In essence it was the same. For that same root that sprouted and brought forth a shoot that will develop into the new and everlasting kingdom of Christ Jesus was present also in the loins of David.