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We received the following question: “Please explain to us the meaning of the last part of the Scripture passage which is recorded in II Chronicles 36:16, which states: ‘until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.’ “Are we correct in believing that God’s ‘remedy’ is His everlasting grace and goodness and mercy toward His covenantal people as found in the work of His Son, Jesus our Savior? Surely there must have been, even very small, a remnant among the people during the days of Zedekiah; what happened here? No ‘remedy’? “Or has the Lord...

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Cornelius Hanko is an emeritus minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The following questions have been received: I am writing to you in the Question Box, because I have a question which I have been concerned about for some time, and I would like to see an answer in print so I can read and study it. My basic question is “Why are our covenant children not permitted to come to the Table of our Lord? Does not our Lord invite children as well as adults to His fellowship at His Table?” In connection with this, I have some related...

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A reader asks:  Should a Reformed Christian sign up with the Farm Program, for instance, like the Payment in Kind, PIK, like we had in 1983? “Every man should eat of the fruit of his labor.”  Allow me to remark at the outset that I have personally been so far removed, for such a long time, from the problems involving farmers that it is a bit difficult to understand and evaluate the various farm programs that have arisen during the past few years. 

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Cornelius Hanko is an emeritus minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The following question has been submitted to the question box: “Was Adam in the state of rectitude in need of Christ?” Our first reaction might well be that we answer, “No.” We know that Adam was created good and after the image of God, in true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, to know and to serve his God in love with his whole being. He was God’s friend-servant, serving God in the capacity of prophet, priest, and king over the earthly creation. He was filly capable of-fulfilling God’s mandate, “Be...

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Cornelius Hanko is an emeritus minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches. A reader asks: “Is it the calling of our ministers or elders to ask for “forgiveness of sins” in the congregational prayer or in any prayer? Should sin not be specifically mentioned and God’s merciful forgiveness implored?” As our reader undoubtedly knows, there are no rules or regulations in this regard in our Church Order or anywhere else. This is because the New Testament Scriptures recognize the fact that we are led by the Spirit, so that we need no one to teach us how we should walk according...

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