11:16); a seed (Gal 3:16) and all the rest. Some of Prof. Hanko’s articles can be read in about 10 other languages on-line (www.cprc.co.uk/covenant-reformed-news). If the prodigal son in Luke 15 was one who misused his portion of the inheritance in riotous living, does that make the father’s gift to him bad? They are looking for support of their denial of infant baptism. 3:10; Rev. These same churches have become unfaithful for the most part. Over the period of being in the cocoon, the worm gradually changes into the butterfly. 8:19-22)? Nathan J. Langerak is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. The Reformed creeds state, “Therefore we believe, that every man, who is earnestly studious of obtaining life eternal, ought to be but once baptized with this only baptism, without ever repeating the same: since we cannot be born twice” (Belgic Confession 34) and “The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered unto any person” (Westminster Confession 28:7). All of humanity, Christ only excepted, “sinned” in Adam (Rom. Ezekiel 29:3 even calls Pharaoh “the great dragon” because he was puffed up by Satan to an idolatrous pride. Many clubs, organizations, or church groups have a Secret Sister Program. The difference between the Old and New Testaments is not that there were two different peoples, Christ standing in a different relation to each and saving them in different ways, the one by works and the other by grace, and giving each a different future. 3:7). 3:15). Isn’t that God changing? Rev. She longed for God to show His face and glory—in the incarnation of His only begotten Son. Third, this is a “wonder” or, more precisely, a “sign” (1). Rev. 8:7-13)?”. There were those who were Jews only outwardly. The words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church,” are not so much future as emphatic. Before refocusing her educational path toward language, she originally went to school to become an artist. In addition to the 6 meditations from Rev. 14:12-14) and so became a hideous monster. Answer: The practice of calling the wife of an elder of a local church “First Lady” (or “First Lady of the Church” or, for short, “Lady [first and/or last name]”) does not come from the Bible. Hanko next served a congregation in Lynden, Washington (USA), before retiring from the pastorate in 2017. If Old Testament Israel is not the church, then the promises God made to Israel are not for the church. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Sister Abhaya, and the two convicted people were part of the same archdiocese. 36:25-27). Define sister. 23:5-6; I Cor. What is the overall impression of this “sign” of the woman? Not yet has the devil given up the attempt to gain dominion over the kingdom of God. Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia (EPC), Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines, Reformed News Asia - October 2020 (Issue 62), Lord's Day 23: Justified By Faith Alone: A Benefit Of The Unconditional Covenant, Lord's Day 24: The Place of Good Works in the Covenant, Lord's Day 25: Calling Into Covenant Fellowship, Reformed News Asia - August 2020 (Issue 61), Covenant PRC, N. Ireland Newsletter - June 2020, Philippine Mission Newsletter October 2019. With the October installment, his son, Rev. Regardless of how old we are, we never stop learning. Richard Smit and Rev. Though the woman’s giving birth to a male who is Christ (2, 4-5, 13) would fit with Mary, other statements in Revelation 12 do not square with her. The gospel is like the rain that God sends. Hanko served as the missionary-pastor of the CPRC from 17 March (St. Patrick’s Day) in 1993 to February, 2001. 21:9-10). Not between the world and the church in [the] last instance, not even between Antichrist and Christ, is that battle. This clear Christian doctrine is opposed to the anti-biblical philosophy that things are or convey God’s blessing to those who are in unbelief in Adam and outside of the Lord Jesus (cf. What Religion Are the 'Sister Wives' Anyway? Together they are the one building and habitation of God through the Spirit. So how can Old Testament Israel be the church. In obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ we go, here in North America and abroad. Rev. Key issues for the three Gould households were (and are) the Bible’s teaching on marriage, divorce and remarriage, and God’sparticular grace in Jesus Christ. In Uganda, the Holy Cross order provides pre- and postnatal care, immunizations and AIDS counseling. It is not by works: “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God” (2). ... race, church membership, society, etc., as another. Fellowship between the people of God is crucial, as the saints build and maintain relationships with each other, giving and receiving support and encouragement in the Lord. Salt Shakers also features articles from the Standard Bearer and other Reformed publications. How could it be different? How to Start a Secret Sister Program. After a fifteen-year hiatus, and fourteen other published titles, Prof. David J. Engelsma continues the Unfolding Covenant History series, a covenantal exposition of the Old Testament. The power of this dreadful dragon is used to bring destruction. The church is called the “body” of Christ (Col. 1:18) and entrance into the body is said to be through Spirit baptism (I Cor. 1st Head, Article 3: And that men may be brought to believe, God mercifully sends the messengers of these most joyful tidings, to whom he will and at what time he pleaseth; by whose ministry men are called to repentance and faith in Christ crucified. The prophets taught that the church would bring forth the Branch (Isa. In Isaiah 55:8-11, we are told that God’s Word never returns to Him void. “O Lord, hasten the coming of Thy Son, and bring His birth and our deliverance, for our labour pains are hard!” Such was, in essence, the prayer and hope of the woman, the church, in the Old Testament. Instead, a great many, a significant minority, of the heavenly host have apostatised. 12:1-2). A nun is “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; As a verb, to fellowship simply means to spend time with that community or company. But is not every gift of God good? We should begin by noting that we are dealing with symbolism here. But in heaven, in His exalted human nature, He is an even greater and more glorious revelation of the invisible Triune God. I would anticipate that you, dear reader, are somewhat puzzled by the (specious) reasoning of the previous paragraph. I must make a few remarks about Jonah in general. Further, along with the preaching of a universal love of God comes His grace to all men head for head. If he remains sober, a normal functioning family life may be recovered but that has nothing to do with salvation. The quotation with which this article began shows how the theory of common grace—a temporal, changeable (and unrighteous) divine love for the ungodly reprobate apart from the Saviour and His cross—leads to a side-lining and corrupting of the biblical and confessional truth regarding the federal headship of Adam (and, therefore, also of Christ), original sin and the creation ordinances. Paula Roberts of the RFPA is kindly helping to keep our international postage costs down by passing on copies of the BRJ to subscribers in the PRC. 7:18; 44:17-19, 25). The rhythms may tickle my ears but they speak a different spiritual language. 2:1), marriage, though a good thing and a privilege, is not a blessing. Christ, the builder of the church, did not begin to build His church then but from the very beginning, even after the fall of Adam and Eve. addy65339450e3d751a95512171b6d9cd25a = addy65339450e3d751a95512171b6d9cd25a + 'gmail' + '.' + 'com'; Apparently, Jonah forgot that. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (I John 3:2-3). His power is indicated in three ways. He does so at the time and in the manner of His choosing (Matt. First, he has 7 heads and 7 crowns, with 7 being the number of the covenant. Using ingenious (but fallacious) arguments, common grace claims that the reprobate wicked are cursed and blessed in Adam, and so are blessed in all their activities—despite their being enemies of God and Christ (Gen. 3:15)! In Jehovah’s sovereign plan, Satan uses his God-given strength to deceive fallen men and angels, to attack Christ while He was on earth and to persecute the church, as well as to produce the universal kingdom of the Antichrist, the Devil’s greatest work, whom Christ “shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (II Thess. - I commend unto you Phoebe our sister (i.e. The men of Nineveh and the Queen of Sheba will rise up in judgment against the generation of the Jews of Jesus’ day, and condemn them (Matt. Sister Abhaya was a second-year pre-degree student at BCM College for Women in Kottayam. In general, the Devil is like a terrible monster: a great dragon with a mighty “tail” (4), 7 heads and 10 horns—unnatural, deformed and hideous! Answer. The Old Testament history covered in this volume is extensive, covering the account of the life and significance for the covenant of Samuel, Saul, David, and Solomon. This means, of course, that not only the church in the Old Testament but also Satan himself lived in anticipation of the birth of the Messiah. Jacob and his sons looked forward to the coming of Shiloh (Gen. 49:10). The Christian Literature Ministry has shortlisted and compiled a list of them based on certain criteria: i) Can be linked to Christ ii) Significant in history of church iii) Spiritual lesson for us iv) A question we may also ask After 6 years of effort, 12 books of the bible have been completed. Then my singing them or reciting them is little different from the poetry of John Keats or William Wordsworth. In some, it continues to bring life, over and over, until it finally brings everlasting life in heaven; but for others, who are spiritually dead, it works death that becomes worse and worse until it ends in hell. The light of the sun envelops her, the light of the moon shines under her feet and the light of 12 stars sparkles in her crown (1). Scripture teaches that all things are good for His people, even calamities (Rom. He has written in all or almost all of the previous 421 issues since the News was started 28 years ago in November, 1992, by Rev. var addy_text3e1b2e3f9a0055113b5cb0aa6484babe = 'Classical Committee';document.getElementById('cloak3e1b2e3f9a0055113b5cb0aa6484babe').innerHTML += ''+addy_text3e1b2e3f9a0055113b5cb0aa6484babe+'<\/a>'; That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, a [or one] church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith; and that I am, and for ever shall remain, a living member thereof” (Q. More importantly, in the context in Jonah, God will save Gentiles too, although that must wait for its full realization when Christ comes. That is not common grace: that is common rain and sunshine. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (3). On the surface of the matter, I wonder why WMO advocates have to interpret the phrase “their own mercy” in Jonah 2:8 as being God’s mercy. Angus Stewart. Herman Hoeksema is right: “The battle of the world is a battle of the devil against God. 5:21; Phil. The passage should be read in the following way (again notice the quotation marks): Then said Paul, “John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. The Devil shows his sin in the opening verses of Revelation 12 in that he stands ready to devour Christ as soon as He is born (4). Sixty years ago there were 180,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, but the number at time of writing, the membership has fallen to less than 50,000.Answering the question, of what is a nun, isn't as simple as it looks. There is in the world among the wicked a development of sin. He is also ravenous, ready to “devour” the woman’s man child (4) for, remember, he was a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). What are the Trustees hiding now? Gal. 15:45), the other and far greater covenant head! “But,” someone will say, “these two signs are so different in appearance that they cannot be the same.” Nevertheless, they are fundamentally the same. Job 38:7 refers to angels as “morning stars.” Isaiah 14:12 calls the King of Babylon/Satan “Lucifer,” the day star or the morning star. And how shall they hear without a preacher? She specializes in intercultural communication and is completing a Bachelor Arts at the University of Oregon with double majors in linguistics and Spanish. As those who receive Christ’s imputed righteousness and not Adam’s sin (Rom. Finally, Jesus Himself tells us that Jonah’s three-day stay in the fish’s belly was a type of His burial and resurrection (Matt. This project was inspired by 'Pastoral Voice' written by Rev. But our Lord’s mighty work was atonement for both Jews and Gentiles, markedly different from God’s saving work in the old dispensation, which was largely with the nation of Israel. The image of the woman is not itself the reality; it is a sign pointing to the reality. Rev. There are a lot of people who, when faced with this dilemma, say, “No, the devil sends bad things; God sends only good things.” When four preachers from four different denominations were quizzed on TV about the terrorists’ destruction of the World Trade Center (11 September, 2001), they were asked by the host, “Did God send this disaster? The questioner’s interpretation of Nineveh’s repentance at the preaching of Jonah (Jonah 3:5-6) is wrong. It is in this general context that Jonah 2:8 must be understood—not as proponents of the WMO, who grab texts out of their context and sing, “Hallelujah, we have found a proof text for our heresy.”. He now concentrates his attention on becoming the sole ruler of this earthly creation. Jonah thought that, if he could get out of Canaan, God could not send him to Nineveh. For 4,000 years, the church laboured in bearing Christ, with hope and joy. Luke 12:47, referred to by the questioner, clearly states this. The Antichrist will be powerful and popular throughout the whole world (Rev. This rebellion happened soon after creation and before Satan tempted Eve in Genesis 3. Tibor Bognar from Hungary made confession of faith on 26 July. Saul attempted many times to kill David, an ancestor of Christ. According to this Baptist interpretation, “they” in verse 5 refers to those to whom Paul was speaking and they were baptized with water by Paul in Jesus’ name, having been previously baptized by John. By His sacrifice on the cross, He “redeemed us from the curse,” which came through the sin of the first Adam, so that God blesses all who believe His gracious promise (Gal. God saved the Ninevites as a prophecy of the salvation of the Gentiles in the New Testament age. Similar principles concerning Ahab’s penitence are treated in a pamphlet written by Herman Hoeksema entitled, “The Curse-Reward of the Wicked Well-Doer,” which especially deals with Jehu. Clark is fascinated by expressions of human psychology and culture. The Old Testament church’s consciousness that she was pregnant with the Messiah included her experiencing, for some four millennia, the pain and struggle of bearing Him, yearning for His birth and bringing Him forth. Antichrist … is the agent of Satan, to fight his battles against God and His church. Really, they were not Jews at all, “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (2:28-29). That the earth was created after the pattern of the heavenly (enabling our Lord to speak of the kingdom of heaven in parables in terms taken from this earthly creation) is a temporary arrangement, for both heaven and earth are God’s creation. No wonder Abraham rejoiced to see Christ’s day and was glad (John 8:56)! We, as the covenant people, as being of God’s party in the midst of the world, fight the battle of Jehovah against the old serpent, the devil. Justification by faith alone through grace alone according to Scripture alone is to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria). First, to those who are in Adam and, therefore, “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. The WMO presents the preaching of the gospel as an expression of God’s love for all men absolutely and His passionate desire to save everybody. 7 And all the men were about twelve. The truth is that the woman in Revelation 12 is the church for it fits all the relevant data. Two different kinds of sisters exist: those who take simple vows and can leave their convents to offer service and those who take solemn vows, live sequestered and are called nuns. The Triune God created him an holy angel but he fell into the sin of pride (I Tim. The former is the “old” covenant; the latter is the “new” covenant. Num. This was his attempt to swallow up the man child after His birth. Click here to access. Clearly, Satan is evil. It includes the institution and early functioning of the office of the prophet; the institution of the office of king; the stark contrast between the people’s choice as king, in the charismatic, but reprobate, Saul, and God’s elect, David; and the realization of the fellowship of the covenant in the Old Testament in the temple. All the iniquity among men and angels is in the image of Satan (John 8:44). For local orders (S'pore), please contact Ms Daisy Lim at, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia, Missions, Sister Churches, Christian Schools. 4:5)—a spiritual regenerating baptism by the Holy Ghost—so this ought to be signified and sealed by only one water baptism. Sisters who take solemn vows devote their lives to contemplating and engaging in communion with God. There are other references to the truth of the old man and the new man in those passages that speak of the battle between the flesh and the spirit in our daily life. This history is also rich in significance with regard to the development of God’s covenant and covenant dealings with his people. Included in each issue are writings pertaining to bothReformed doctrine and practical theology. May we pray for the Session members that God may grant them wisdom, strength and wisdom in their callings. Positively, Abraham found and discovered, by God’s grace, that justification is by faith alone: “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rom. var addy_text442d483ce5c5650c1cc5a6fa14ba4562 = 'Classical Committee';document.getElementById('cloak442d483ce5c5650c1cc5a6fa14ba4562').innerHTML += ''+addy_text442d483ce5c5650c1cc5a6fa14ba4562+'<\/a>'; Does he ever give bad gifts? Justification is not by Abraham’s (or any man’s) works (2) and so it must be on the basis of someone else’s righteousness. There are those who are members of the church in name, who receive the sacraments and hear the preaching, but who are merely tares among the wheat, as those sown by Satan, the arch-enemy of the church (Matt. After a gap of almost 20 years, welcome back, Rev. This second book in the Tell His Wonders Bible story book series includes stories about Job and the patriarchs, Joseph and his brothers, several judges, King David, Daniel and his friends, and more. 3:13; Rev. His other titles are The Coming of Zion’s Redeemer (£22) and Saved by Grace (£10), co-authored with Prof. Cammenga. Titus in Myanmar, which we received through a memory stick from John Van Baren. So it is with us. The Daughters of St. Paul specialize in communicating their order's mission and beliefs through modern forms of media. No wonder the apostle says, “who is sufficient for these things?” (16). He knew that he was righteous before God with a perfect imputed righteousness that would stand at the final judgment: the righteousness of God in the coming Messiah. Justification is by faith alone (sola fide). Inquire About Becoming A Sister . addy3e1b2e3f9a0055113b5cb0aa6484babe = addy3e1b2e3f9a0055113b5cb0aa6484babe + 'sbcglobal' + '.' + 'net'; We have added chairs in appropriate places in the auditorium, plus we have a cry room, a balcony (where Tibor translates the sermon into Hungarian for Boglarka) and a narthex. Prof. Herman Hanko. 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