Question The third in the group of questions asked by a Canadian reader was as follows: “When we speak of predestination, must we go as far as to say that the Lord from eternity has loved His own—with that I can agree—but also that the Lord hated those who are rejected, from eternity? I know that the Bible says, ‘Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.’ On the other hand, is it not so that the atoning, work of our Lord and Savior is ‘sufficient’ for all men?
Question The final question from my Canadian questioner is as follows: “On the other hand, is it not so that the atoning work of our Lord and Savior is ‘sufficient’ for all men? See Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 15, Answer 37; Canons of Dordt, II, 3; and I Tim 2:6, where we read, ‘Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.’
From a Grand Rapids reader I received two questions, one of which I will answer in this issue: “A question has arisen in our Men’s Society as to the interpretation of Acts 14:3, ‘Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the name of the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.’ This is our question: to whom does the pronoun ‘which’ refer, to the apostles or to the Lord?
Question From a young man among our Michigan readers I received several questions about witnessing. He writes as follows: “Dear Prof. Hoeksema: “Your replies in the ‘Question Box’ have shed much light on some very pertinent and even disturbing questions. “I have a problem that disturbs me very much. I would like to know what exactly is our calling as Christians in regard to our effective witness for the Lord? Just how far are we to extend our witness?
From the same Grand Rapids reader whose question we answered in our last issue I received the following question: “I also have a text which bothers me personally: Rom. 12:20. Will you please define the phrase ‘Heap coals of fire on his head?’ And why is that commendable?” Reply
Dear Editor of Question Box: In Matt. 7:22-23 we read: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Question At the time of my lecture at Calvin Seminary, I received the following question from a listener: “How do you reconcile Luke 6:33 which tells that sinners do good to them that do good to them with the view that the non-elect can not do any kind of good?”
From a Grand Rapids reader I received the following interesting questions about infant baptism. I will at least begin to answer them in this issue; but perhaps this answer will have to be in two installments. Here are the questions: