All Articles For Vol 59 Issue 20 9/1/1983

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THE FAITH OF THE CHURCH, A Reformed Perspective on its Historical Development, by M. Eugene Osterhaven; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1982; 248 pp., $11.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) The church of our Lord Jesus Christ lives in an inseparable relation to the church of the past; and this relation is especially characterized by her doctrinalunity with the church of past ages. For this reason there is a great need for a book on the Reformed perspective of doctrinal development.

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The word “adoption” is a word which is used only five times in Scripture and all five times in the New Testament. Nevertheless, the concept is found throughout the Old and New Testaments and is a very important and comforting part of the gospel of God’s grace. Adam himself is called the son of God in Luke 3:38, and though perhaps his sonship differs in some respects from ours, it is still a sonship by virtue of adoption. So too, one of the most common names given to the saints in Scripture, and which implies the truth of adoption, is the...

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While the Arminian boasts in the fact that he “asked Christ into his heart” and he “promised to give his life to God,” the Scriptures teach us that salvation is not the result of man’s will and works, but it is the gift of the sovereign grace of God alone (Eph. 2:8-9). If we are to boast, therefore, we must boast not in what we have done, but in what God has done for us and in us. “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Cor. 2:31). God alone is our Savior. This becomes even more evident when we consider the fact that...

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The calling of the child of God to live a holy and a spiritually separate life is very difficult. There are the extremes on either side that must be avoided. On the one hand there is the extreme of living along with the world in its lusts. On the other hand there is the extreme of seeking to flee the world in the physical and local sense of the word. After we have identified the two extremes we still have the rugged and toilsome way in which most of our battles are fought. The way to which God calls us...

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The Christian home must be characterized by a certain orderliness and discipline. God Himself in His Word has set forth the order that should characterize the godly home. There is first of all the order of the relationship of husband and wife in that home. Many are the forces of the devil and of the ungodly world that seek to destroy this order. All through the ages men have lived in wicked tyranny over their wives. Especially recently the godless woman’s liberation movement has sought to overthrow the order of God for the home. Nevertheless in the Christian home it...

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If we take the position, and we should, that the introductory words of the book of Esther, namely, “Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus,” are God’s word to us that the events recorded in the book are fact and not fiction, and that all the incidents in the book happened in the history of this world, we will be able to say with the psalmist in Psalm 75:1, “Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto Thee do we give thanks: for that Thy name is near Thy wondrous works declare.” On the other hand, if...

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“Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:33, 34 Our salvation is complete and perfect! And this is true because all our salvation is the work of God! This great truth the apostle has set forth in that well-known passage which has sometimes been called, “the golden chain of our salvation.” “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate....

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