A Double Reason That the Bible is the Word of God and not simply the word of man is so clear that every pilgrim, even pilgrim children, can understand it. There is, first of all, a negative reason. . . . “it came not in old time by the will of man.” Scripture did not have its origin in the will of man. Man’s will had nothing to do with the Scriptures.
[Editor? Note: This is the first of two articles on this subject. The two articles together constitute a paper delivered by Mr. DeVries, of the Free Christian School bf Edgerton, Minnesota, at a convention of teachers from the schools of Doon, Iowa, Edgerton, and Loveland, Colorado. We welcome this contribution from one of our Protestant Reformed teachers.] Just what does the word discipline mean to you?
From a Wisconsin reader I received the following question: “If Jesus was crucified on Friday afternoon, and arose very early on Sunday morning, how must we explain that He was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth? Matt. 12:40.”
In the February 1 issue we pointed out that the doctrinal controversy in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand was accompanied by personal cases involving some of those who had brought the doctrinal issues to the fore. These personal cases involved grave charges of wrong-doing against these brethren, charges which, if true and if upheld, certainly would make them worthy of suspension from office.
Apostasy in the Church always must contend sooner or later with the Confessions. Apostasy is possible, of course, only when the Confessions are forgotten and unknown documents, filed away in church archives; and corrupters of the truth are tolerated in the Church only when the Confessions have ceased to be the living confession of the members of the Church. But sooner or later the problem of these Confessions must be faced.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32, 33
I have often wondered, as have others, what the ancients would have said or done, were they restored to life on this earth in our day. How they would have exclaimed at the diffusion of light from wall or ceiling at the pressing of a switch! How they would have wondered at beholding machines washing dishes and clothes! What would they have said upon hearing music or the spoken word from a little box within a room, or seeing pictures, colored at that, coming from a larger box? What would their remarks have been upon stepping into a vehicle with...