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With the penning of the last book of Holy Scriptures, the written record of the revelation of God was finished. The work of the Spirit of Christ by which “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” was brought to a close. God had given His church a complete and infallible Word to be the rule of faith and life. The Scriptures in all their beauty and power, as the revelation of God in Jesus Christ were given unto the church as her most precious heritage. 

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The early new dispensational church, following the death of the last apostle, had received from God His completed Word. The cornerstone of the church had been laid through the cross, in Christ as our Redeemer and exalted Head. The Word of Christ had been given unto His church, and the foundation of the new dispensational church had been laid in the doctrine of the apostles. It is at this point in time that we begin our study of the history of doctrine, of the Spirit’s guiding His church into all the truth. 

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa. In our last article we ended with a reference to a letter drawn up to explain the reasons for the deposition of the heretic Arius and his followers in A.D. 321. This letter clearly set forth the errors of the Arians as we described them: And the novelties they have invented and put forth contrary to the Scriptures are these following: -God was not always a Father, but there was a time when God was not a Father. The Word of God was not always, but originated from...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Introduction Continuing our look at some of the Christian church’s great defenders and developers of the truth, we want to focus next on Augustine (A.D. 354-430). In considering this church father we are dealing with one of the true giants of the church, one who is in fact generally considered the greatest of the church fathers. Even though the life and work of Augustine takes us back to the 4th and 5th centuries, he is still held in high regard through his writings by nearly all churches,...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. In our last segment we ended by considering briefly the heresy of the British monk Pelagius. We noted that the heart of his error was the denial of man’s need for the sovereign work of Gods grace in saving him. According to Pelagius natural man has God’s gift of free-will and that was all he needed. By directing his will in the right way the natural man could make himself good in the eyes of God and do the good God required of him. He was not...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. Our readers will recall that in these articles on the great church father Augustine we are focusing on his defense and development of the doctrines of grace over against the heresy of Pelagianism. In our last segment we saw how the Spirit of truth specially prepared Augustine for this, and how Augustine began his work by confronting this error of Pelagius with the biblical teaching concerning the sinfulness of natural man. He overthrew the Pelagian figment of salvation by man’s freewill and posited instead the utter helplessness...

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Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In the past several articles we have been considering the reformers’ doctrine of Scripture as they developed and defended the Word of God over against the errors of Rome and led the church back to the solid foundation of God’s Word. We have seen that from the very beginning the reformers took their stand upon the Word of God as the infallible and inerrant word of truth and have seen also that this was in fact never an issue between them and Rome. The issue between...

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Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “We confess that this word of God was not sent, nor delivered by the will of man, but that holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, as the apostle Paul saith, And that afterwards God from a special care, which he has for us and our salvation, commanded his servants, the prophets and apostles, to commit his revealed word to writing; and he himself wrote with his own finger, the two tables of the law. Therefore we call such writings...

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Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Reformed Bible Study—2 We began in the last article in this column to consider the application of the principle, Scripture interprets Scripture, from the viewpoint of the text of Scripture. We raised the question, where do you begin the study of a text or passage of Scripture? We did so moreover with the qualification that we would seek to answer this question from the viewpoint of someone who does not have access to the original languages but only to the English Bible. Last time we made...

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