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The Officebearers’ Conference held January 6 was the best attended one of the series. About one hundred Elders and Deacons came to hear a speech by Rev. H. Hoeksema. The Reverend spoke on “The Origin and History of Church Visitation” as it is prescribed in Article 44 of our Church Order. The, speaker pointed out that, originally, Church Visitation was a vital force in the Classis; the visitors, through fraternal advice and admonition, helping to direct all things unto the peace, upbuilding, and greatest profit of the churches.
Fundamentalism, as we believe everyone will agree, professes to believe in all the basic truths of the Bible. The Fundamentalist assumes a strong position over against the Modernist who denies all the basic truths of Scripture. The latter, it is well known, denies that the Bible is infallibly inspired, that Jesus is the Son of God, that the atonement of Christ is vicarious, etc. The Fundamentalist, on the other hand, believes in infallible inspiration, in the divinity of Christ, in the vicarious atonement and all the other basic truths of God’s Word.
Genesis 49:10 is that well-known and beautiful Messianic prophecy, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” The Revised Version translates, more correctly, I believe: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the obedience of thepeoples be.”&nbs
Article 6. But God, who is rich in mercy, according to his unchangeablepurpose of election, does not wholly withdraw the Holy Spirit from his own people, even ii their melancholy falls; nor suffers them to proceed SO far as to lose the grace of adoption, and forfeit the state of justification, or to commit the sin unto death; nor does he permit them to be totally deserted, and to plunge themselves into everlasting destruction.
We now continue with the quotation on the views of the Eucharist by Raclbertus by the New Schaff-Herzog Religious Encyclopedia: “This is done by miracle (i. 2), a creative act performed by the word of the Creator; more particularly, through the medium of Christ’s words on institution since he is himself the substantial and eternal Word. The body of Christ is not perceptible by the senses, because that would be superfluous (visibility of the presence of the body) and would not increase the reality, and to eat the flesh in its sensible appearance would clash with human custom (xi.
“Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.” Solomon said that; and we have no right to change it.
Once again we turn our attention to the instruction of our Lord in his eschatological address in Matthew 24 andMatthew 25. In the past two issues of The Standard Bearer we digressed just a bit to other passages of Scripture. We did this for two reasons.
“And Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels: and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” Gen. 25:21-23
Secondly, let us consider the similarity between this description and that in the first chapter of the book. There, so we found, we certainly have a picture of the mighty Lord Jesus. For He was the one that was dead and is alive and lives forevermore and holds the key of death and Hades. And how was He described there? First of all, He came in the form of the Son of man. The description here in chapter ten indicates the same form. For although the text speaks of an angel, nevertheless the details of the hands and feet and...
The Glorious Body of Christ; by R.B. Kuiper. Published by W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $4.95.