(Connection: In the previous section, the Remonstrants were still trying to obstruct the convening of a National Synod, even after the States-General had decided it should be held in 1618. The Remonstrants sought a Provincial Synod in Holland—something which they formerly opposed. They tried to get an Ecumenical Synod. But the States-General continued to insist on a National Synod. The only thing accomplished by the Arminians was that this National Synod was again delayed for a few months.
* Not Anabaptist but Reformed was a pamphlet written by Danhof and Hoeksema in 1923 as a “Provisional Response to Rev. Jan Karel Van Baalen Concerning the Denial of Common Grace.” Translated here from the Dutch by seminarian Daniel Holstege. Previous article in this series: August 2008, p. 450. The chapter in which Rev. Van Baalen thinks he can prove that our view is against Holy Scripture is concluded with the profoundly grave statement, “Once again, acknowledge that you have erred.” The author is therefore quite convinced that his line of argument is conclusive and his proof is binding. After...
(The following paragraph is the concluding paragraph of Chapter 1 in which Kuyper deals with general principles of church reformation. In particular, he has been talking in previous paragraphs concerning the nature of the offices in the Church of Christ. In this paragraph he discusses the work of the Holy Spirit in the office.) 12. In What Way the Holy Spirit Binds Together the Earthly Office With the Heavenly Messiah-Office of King Jesus.
(Note: Kuyper is still talking in this paragraph of the proper formation of the church. In this connection he has talked about the relationship between the church as organism and the church as institute, the relationship between the office of believers and the special offices in the church, and how the institute of the church is actually formed. It is, in Kuyper’s judgment, necessary to understand the true nature of the church in order to understand how the church can deteriorate and degenerate and why the church is in need of church reformation.
(Kuyper takes the position in this pamphlet that in order to understand reformation in the church one must understand deformation. And in order to understand the deformation of the church one must understand what the Scriptural idea of the church is. In the last paragraph Kuyper has spoken of the importance of the local church as the manifestation of the body of Christ. He concluded that section with the words: “For this reason, therefore, we maintain that Scripture history, and precision of terminology all agree with the idea that the local church is the essence of the church.
(In his discussion concerning the ideal form which the church of Christ ought to take on this earth, Kuyper has discussed the fact that a congregation is made up of believers and their seed, that the church receives into her fellowship members from other churches, that the church must also be busy in the work of missions. In the following paragraphs he discusses the question of authority in the church.)
Introductory Remarks Before we actually begin the translation of this work of Dr. Abraham Kuyper, a few brief remarks are in order.
Historical Foreword Addressed to the Reformed Churches of Christ (In which the origin and progress of the differences in the Netherlands, for the removal of which this Synod was chiefly convened, are briefly and faithfully recounted).