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Genesis 8:21 said to be a promise of common grace Wrong views on God’s kingdom are related to wrong views on God’s covenant. Whether you are talking about the cry to “redeem culture” that is heard coming from some colleges (such as Dordt College), the two-kingdom theology taught at Westminster Theological Seminary West (California), or the dispensational views held by Baptists, these teachings are connected to erroneous explanations of God’s covenant promises. There are many, for example, who base their earthlykingdom position on what God said after the flood. The covenant that God made with Noah is often said to...

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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2014, p. 10. Introduction If the Bible is not an altogether unique book, both as far as its contents and its authority are concerned, then the Christian Scriptures are reduced to what its critics, whether outside of Christianity or apostates from Christianity, allege: a merely human book, intended to solve merely human problems, flawed by human foibles, and suffering from the delusion that it is something more. If Christianity is to make good on any claim that it represents something greater than the other world religions, that it is not just another philosophy...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2014, p. 465. Introduction Over the last century or so, there have been scholars who argued that Scripture is “inspired” in the sense that it contains an inspiring message and is a book that can inspire us. But this is a fundamental shift from what the church historically has taught about Scripture. This is in fact a denial of the historic teaching of the Christian church regarding Scripture’s inspiration. The Greek word theopneustos is the word used by the apostle Paul in II Timothy 3:16, where he says that all Scripture is given...

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Having considered several ways in which the truth of the antithesis is brought under attack, we were left to con­sider our own lives in relationship to that antithesis established by God from the beginning. While there are many attacks upon the antithesis, coming from many different angles, we must not be misled into thinking that so long as we remain free from the influ­ence of Roman Catholicism and common grace, we are free from error in this matter. The fact is, our own sinful flesh brings us into conflict constantly with the truth of the antithesis. You and I have...

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Previous article in this series: July 2014, p. 422. Introduction The Bible is the word of God. This is what the Bible says about the Bible. In our previous installment in this rubric we began our consideration of the testimony of Psalm 119 to the truth that the Bible is the word of God. This is a very unique psalm. In the book that has the most chapters (150 psalms), this is the longest chapter (psalm). It is a chapter that magnifies the Bible as God’s word. In nearly every verse, reference is made to God’s word: His law, testimonies,...

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Previous article in this series: June 2014, p. 391. Introduction In marvelous ways God reveals Himself. First, He reveals Himself in the creation, for “[t]he heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). Because of God’s revelation in the creation the psalmist exclaims in Psalm 8:1, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” Besides God’s revelation of Himself in the works of His hands in the creation, He also reveals Himself in the history of the world, as He orders all things that happen for the accomplishment of...

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Introduction What is the Bible? The Bible is a library of books within one book.1 It is a library with two branches: an Old Testament branch and a New Testament branch. It is a library made up of sixty-six books: thirty-nine in the Old Testament branch and twenty-seven in the New Testament branch. The books are written mainly in two languages: Hebrew and Greek. It is a library containing about forty different authors, who wrote over a period of approximately fifteen hundred years. The contents of the books vary: some contain history, others prayers, hymns of praise, visions, poetry, proverbs,...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2014, p. 222. Introduction A recent post on the Young Calvinists blog informed readers of the depths to which our godless society and the apostate church have sunk in their depravity. At the same time the post demonstrates the extent to which God’s Word is contradicted, corrupted, twisted, and thoroughly distorted by one of the most powerful self-interest groups of our day: homosexuals and lesbians. We have grown up in homes where God’s word is treated with reverence and respect. The Bible is received as God’s revelation to us His people…. Not everyone,...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2014, p. 151. Introduction Scripture is “the oracles of God.” This is the apostle Paul’s description of Scripture in Romans 3:2. What this means is that Scripture is the Word of God. Scripture is not the word of man and the Word of God. Scripture is rather the Word of God and the Word of God alone. As the oracles of God, Scripture is infallible, inerrant, and authoritative over the individual believer and over the church as a whole. That Scripture is the oracles of God has important im­plication for translations of Scripture....

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2013, p. 80. “Though the Stake Were Staring Us in the Face” A papal legate arrived in the city [of Prague], in the spring of 1412. He brought the sacred pallium—a vestment sent by the pope as a token of authority—to Archbishop Albik, the successor of Zbynek. He was also, to publish the bull of the pope against Ladislas. He suspected that Hus might oppose the measure. Yet it was highly important for the success of the sale of indulgences, the practical plan to raise funds for the crusade, that the great preacher...

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