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Dear Editor of Question Box: In Matt. 7:22-23 we read: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
LOOKING AWAY TO THE RECOMPENSE OF THE REWARD (Heb. 11:26b) The verb form here in the Greek is a composite of a verb with a preposition. It has a resultant meaning which it would not have if the verb stood by itself without the preposition, which is here apo. It is a preposition which indicates that it was “away from.” It was, therefore, looking away from one thing to something else.
The Word of God calls those men whom Christ has given to His Church as His mouthpieces, through whom He speaks His saving Word, pastors. This designation is distinct from other gifts of the ascended Lord, for Paul writes the Ephesian church that Christ gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. The word pastor also has a different emphasis than do other common terms in use today, preachers andministers.
If one would attempt to capture the predominate mood of this year’s Synod in one short phrase, one would most likely conclude that the appropriate phrase would be that Synod labored in a profound sense of thankfulness to our covenant God for the many blessings He has given. This consciousness of God’s faithfulness was especially impressed upon the delegates by the sharp contrast between the work before our Synod and the nature of the work facing many other higher ecclesiastical assemblies in other denominations.
One of the items confronting the Christian Reformed Synod which (at this writing) is about to convene is an overture from Dr. Harry Boer for a new Form of Subscription. In Calvinist Contact, June 4, 1973, there appears an article on this subject from the pen of the Rev. John Vriend—an article taken over from another paper, The Bridge. In this article, Vriend writes, in part, as follows:
One of the highlights of this year’s Synod was the graduation of two Candidates for the Ministry of the Word and Sacraments, Meindert W. Joostens, a son of our Redlands, California congregation, and Mark Homer Hoeksema, your editor’s son and presently a member of First Church, Grand Rapids.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord bath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” Joel 2:32
What Key ’73 is Key ’73 is the name of a project that unites more than one hundred churches and religious groups in the work of evangelism in 1973. The leaders of Key ’73 describe it in various ways.