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In the last paragraph of our former article we were speaking of the fact, that grace, the grace of God is only experienced, seen and known by us as it is historically realized in Christ Jesus. This means that there is a definite date on the calendar in which this was realized, a time in history, a moment in time when grace had fully become a reality in Christ Jesus. At that moment the shadows and typical-levitical institutions were abolished, all righteousness fulfilled. That moment was when Christ said: It is finished.

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In this article we wish to call attention to the purpose of God in saving us so completely from all our sins and trespasses by reason of which we were dead, yea, were the children of wrath by nature. That we have been saved by grace, saved by the grace of God as it is revealed and merited for us in Jesus’ suffering and death, we have seen in the former article on this Scripture passage. This aspect of the salvation in Christ we are convinced has sufficiently been explained by us.

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In our last article we quoted Dr. A. Kuyper Sr. We noticed, that he most emphatically takes the position that it is both grammatically and exegetically correct to explain the phrase “and that is not out of you, it is the gift of God” as referring to “faith” in the former clause and not to the entire sentence. Paul here, accordingly, singles out faith through which we are saved as being the gift of God.

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That faith is a gift of God not only in the first impartation of the same in regeneration, but that it is also gift of God in its constant activity as it is worked in us by the Holy Spirit though the Gospel we have shown in our former article. What we there wrote concerning faith as the constant gift of God does not mean that God works an endless series of regenerative acts in us, that he constantly creates anew.

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It has by this time become abundantly evident, that we are not at all saved by works of law that we perform, but that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord. We are saved in Him alone. It is God Who saves us because of His great love wherewith He loved us, in order that in the ages to come He might exhibit the exceeding greatness of His grace in loving kindness to us. No man may ever boast in self, nor in the awful agonies of hell, nor in the joys of heaven.

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In this remarkable chapter of I Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul defends the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord, over against all unbelief and skeptical reasoning. He defends the premise that if there is no resurrection of the dead then is Christ not risen. And, to be sure, if Christ is not risen then we are still in our sins, our faith is vain and all preachers of the resurrection facts are found to be false witnesses. But Christ is risen!

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In this essay we would call attention to the words of Jesus spoken at the occasion of the institution of the Lord’s Supper in the upper-room. We refer to the following from Jesus’ mouth: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another.”

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