Several truths which have implications for missions emerge out of the Old Testament Scriptures. We noted in our previous article that the Old Testament teaches that all the nations will ultimately come into the Kingdom of God. It is also plain from the Old Testament that God did not leave Himself without witness to the whole world. In the earliest period of Old Testament history we find this phenomenon.
“By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. “ Heb. 11:9-10
Rev. Arie den Hartog has declined the call extended to him by the congregation of our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids. Their new trio consists of candidates Ronald Cammenga, Carl Haak, and Ronald Hanko. The consistory of our church in Hull, Iowa has made a trio consisting of Rev. A. den Hartog and candidates Cammenga and Haak.
THE EPSTLES OF JOHN, by I Howard Marshall; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Company, 1978; 274 pp., $10.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) This commentary is a part of “The New International Commentary on the New Testament,” edited by F. F. Bruce. It is published to replace the first commentary written for this set which was originally written by Alexander Ross and included a commentary on James.
Out of the Mouth of. . . WHOM? The Banner has, in past months, presented a series of articles entitled, “As Others See Us.” To date, they have had one liberal Lutheran, one Roman Catholic, and one avowedly liberal (denying even the blood of atonement) man write. The last is Dr. Duncan Littlefair of the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of himself, Dr.
2. Paul assured the church at Corinth that when he comes, his personal dealings with them will be as open and faithful as his letter had been (vss. 7-11). His boasting of authority (vs. 8) is rooted in Paul’s being an instrument of the Holy Spirit to write by divine inspiration; hence he teaches infallibly. They must realize this is not for the destruction of the church (a personal victory of Paul at the expense of others), but for their edification (salvation).
Having returned home safely, in the mercy of our covenant God, and by means of planes that two days later were grounded because they were found to be unsafe for use, and having in a former contribution written about Christ’s Church in Christchurch with the promise to write again after visiting the other Orthodox Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand outside of and beyond the one in Christchurch, I will at this time give a further report of our work “down under. ”
In the Spring of 1977, a group of believers of Protestant Reformed persuasion came together to discuss the possibility of beginning a distinctively Reformed, Christian school in the Lynden, Washington area. The need for such a school here was outstanding in the mind of most of our Protestant Reformed parents and they openly expressed that need to the elders of the church during family visitation that year. One of the fruits of that visitation of the homes in the flock that year was the consistory’s giving initial leadership by calling that first meeting.