Dear Rev. Hoeksema,
Will you kindly answer a few questions in the Standard Bearer? in re Rev. Petter.
1. Could you point me to an article of the Rev. Petter where he says with round words “that you cannot be saved, only on condition you do this or that”. I never came across that saying. If he did he would not be Reformed anymore.
2. Don’t you believe that a Christian, saved by the grace of God, nothing of man—is by God Himself put in a condition to serve Him, and will lead a Christian life? He certainly must show himself to be a Christian and show the condition God Himself has put him in.
As to your article of Dr. Schilder, he writes “that a condition is something which God has firmly linked to something else.” Cause and effect God has firmly linked together. God is the cause of our salvation. The effect is that we as Christians are put in a condition to serve Him, and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Nothing of man, but all of God.
As to the definition of condition other than you give us: Webster’s mode or state of being; essential quality; essential qualification—worked by God in our hearts, so we are in a condition to serve Him; with all our heart and mind and strength by God’s grace alone.
Thanking you sincerely,
Answer in the next issue, D.V.