Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, has received the call to be Home Missionary, from a trio which included the Revs. J.A. Heys and J. Kortering. The Western Ladies’ League met April 10 at Edgerton Church, with the Rev. J. Kortering as principle speaker. The subject of his speech was the Jewish-girl-made-queen whose intercession with King Ahasuerus saved her people from extermination, which deliverance was the origin of the Feast of Purim which the Jews still observe today.
The New Publishing Project All our Protestant Reformed people should by this time have received their second letter concerning the efforts being put forth to publish Rev. H. Hoeksema’s dogmatics. In order to reach those who might not have received the letters, as well as to furnish more complete information concerning this project and the organization sponsoring it, the publicity committee was authorized to answer in the Standard Bearer some of the many questions that have arisen. We will do this in question-and-answer form.
The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is, of course, treated in all the Protestant and Reformed Symbols. We wish to quote, first of all, from the Gallican Confession, the French Confession of Faith, composed in 1559, approximately the same time as our Heidelberg Catechism and our Belgic Confession. This Gallican Confession was addressed to the king of France, having been prepared by Calvin and one of his pupils.
The faith of God’s child is everlasting. Jesus tells us inJohn 15:5 that except we abide in Him,—and that means by faith,—we can do nothing. We surely shall do much in the new creation, and that exactly because the bond of faith wherewith we are united with Christ has not been dissolved but rather come to its perfection. Faith has no end in that sense that presently it is not to be found in us any more.
General Observations We will begin in this essay our exposition of the last two chapters of this unique prophecy in which all the former prophets find their consummation. We may here repeat what we wrote in an earlier essay: Malachi is truly the last prophet in the Old Testament dispensation. He is the last before John the Baptist.
And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of, the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife . . . But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
As I promised you a few months ago, there is still one more report that will appear in this column before it is presented to Synod. This is the Long Range Report on Foreign Mission Work.
Of the seventeen schemata proposed to the Vatican Council at its second session, only seven reached the floor for discussion, and of these, but two have been formally approved by the Council. These two have been promulgated by Pope Paul VI at the closing day of the second session, December 4, 1963. These two,Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, and Constitution on Social Communications, are now official laws of the Roman Catholic Church, The former I will consider in this article.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel in those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that...