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How the gates of hell attempted to destroy the Church of God and of Christ shortly after Christ’s resurrection from the death and His ascension into heaven! Think of the efforts of the godless leaders of the people, the Sanhedrists, as they first threatened the disciples by word of mouth and then commanded them to be beaten, and this for no other reason than that they had spoken and witnessed of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom they had crucified and slain, declaring of Him that He, the crucified and glorified Lord, had healed the impotent beggar who sat daily in...

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THE INTERMEDIATE STATE (80 250 A.D.) In our preceding article we had called the attention of our readers to the statement of the late Rev. H. Hoeksema, to the effect that the answer which the Apostolic Fathers gave to the question concerning the condition of the souls before the resurrection and immediately after death was rather vague. And then we quoted from Philip Schaaf, Vol. 11, 599 ff., verifying this observation of Rev. Hoeksema. We now continue this quotation:

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(80-250 A.D.) THE INTERMEDIATE STATEDiscussing the history of the doctrine of the Intermediate State as confessed by the church during the early years of the New Dispensation, we were calling attention in our preceding article to the Jewish doctrine as being far in advance of heathen notions and conjectures, as set forth by Philip Schaff in his History of the Christian Church, Vol. II. And we concluded our article with the remark that in this article we would call attention to the Talmud as it adds various fanciful embellishments, Vol.

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The undersigned was requested to write an anniversary article in connection with his rubric: The History of Doctrine. We comply gladly.  I repeat: we comply gladly. Why? There is a reason why we comply gladly to contribute an article to this anniversary of fifty years of our existence as Protestant Reformed Churches. There is something about this celebration that should thrill our people, thrill all those who love the truths of God’s infallible Word and Scripture. What is this cause for our joy and happiness? 

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