The truth which the Church has developed out of God’s Word makes up an organic unity. Each separate, individual doctrine takes its place within that body of truth. This organic body of truth as it is developed in time is always developed and apprehended by the Church as the Body of Christ. For an individual to apprehend that body of truth he must be a member of the Church as it manifests itself on earth in institutional form. That institutional form of the Body of Christ is the object of our attention in this article.
“We believe that the Holy Scriptures are contained in two books, namely, the Old and New Testament, which are canonical, against which nothing can be alleged. These are thus named in the Church of God.
Commentaar Op Het Oude Testament, Genesis, Deel I, door Dr. W. H. Gispen; J. H. Kok, Kampen, The Netherlands; 391 pages, $59,90 (Dutch money). (reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema) This is another volume in an extensive series of commentaries on the Old Testament. The value of these commentaries is, of course, very limited in our country, due to the fact that only those who are able to read Dutch can use them. Besides, these are not intended to be popular commentaries. They are highly technical and useful only to those who can follow the Hebrew language.
Following Rev. Woudenberg’s decline of the call from Kalamazoo, the Consistory there formed a new trio, this one consisting of Revs. C. Hanko, M. Kamps, and H. Veldman. The time of the evening worship services of our South Holland Church has been changed, as of January 12, to 6:00 P.M. Sunday visitors to that part of Illinois will probably want to bear that in mind.
The two preceding articles in this series attempted to demonstrate that the ground for rejection of the notion of the well-meant offer of the gospel is not hyper-Calvinism, but the Reformed faith itself. They contended that the doctrine of the offer makes the grace of God universal, thus contradicting the Reformed doctrine of particular, sovereign grace, and that the doctrine of the offer necessarily implies the heresy of free will. This article will conclude the effort begun in the two preceding articles: showing that we oppose the offer in the name of Calvinism.
As long ago as 1971 Dr. H. Wieringa, who performs pastoral work among the students in Amsterdam, publicly denied in his doctoral thesis the cardinal Reformed truth of Christ’s atonement. He taught what has come to be called briefly “a doctrine of effective reconciliation,” but he denied the truth that Christ bore the wrath of God in our stead. It was not long after the publication of Dr.
Women Officebearers—A Response A few issues ago, I commented in this column on a news, item concerning the fact that Mrs. M. Rienstra, a student at Calvin Seminary, was available for preaching during the summer months. The news item said that additional information was available from Rev. Geleynse, who was in charge of student preaching at the Seminary. I concluded that this indicated that the preaching of Mrs. Rienstra had Seminary approval. Apparently this was not true.
Constantly the writer has a practical aim in mind in writing to the Hebrew Christians. The danger is that they will lose heart and courage and give up in the mighty battle against the sin of unbelief which denies Jesus the Messiah. They must, therefore, look away to Jesus, study the Scriptures, give heed to the testimony of God concerning His Son, mark well the intensity of the battle of “sinners” against the Christ of God. He endures the contradiction of sinners against Himself!