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Personal Devotions

Calling attention in this article to our personal devotions, we must, of course, first of all turn to the infallible scriptures. After all, these scriptures are a lamp before our feet and a light upon our path. And, what scripture is more appropriate for our purpose than Ps. 119? We read in verse 9: “Wherewithal […]

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The Perseverance of the Saints

In our final article on TULIP we call attention to the letter, P, in TULIP, the perseverance of the saints. We must distinguish between perseverance and preservation. The preservation of the saints refers to a work of God upon the saints. The perseverance of the saints refers to a work of God through the saints. […]

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Irresistible Grace

The truth of God’s irresistible grace is represented by the fourth letter, “I”, of the word TULIP. That the grace of God is irresistible follows, inexorably, from the truths of God’s sovereign predestination, limited or particular atonement and total and absolute depravity, even as it is just as true that the Armenians must conclude that […]

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Total Depravity

We now turn our attention in this third article to the first letter of TULIP the letter which represents the truth of Total Depravity.  Is it not unbelievable that our mother church, the Christian Reformed Church, could deny a truth as clearly scriptural and which is experienced by every child of God?  In 1924 that […]

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Limited Atonement

In our second article on TULIP, we call your attention to the third letter of this word. This third letter of the word representing the Five Points of Calvinism refers to the truth of Limited Atonement. We prefer to speak of Particular Atonement. Of course, we have no objection to the word, limited, as meaning […]

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Unconditional Predestination

This article is the first of a series of 5 on the 5 points of Calvinism. Having been asked to write an article for Beacon Lights on each letter of TULIP, or the Five Points of Calvinism, I gladly comply. My first article will deal with the subject of Unconditional Election or Predestination, the second […]

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Common Grace Versus Tulip

I wish to congratulate our young people upon the choice of this subject. Do you, young people, realize that the Christian Reformed Church’s (our mother church) adoption of the Three Points in 1924, their choice of a common and a general grace of God, led very directly to their present sad and deplorable condition? Having […]

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Remember Thy Creator – In the Church

How important is our calling to remember our Creator, Who created us, also distinctively, with all our own gifts and talents! Whatever vocation in life we choose, it was chosen for us and created in us. And to remember our Creator implies, negatively, that we must never be motivated by ourselves, our own personal gain […]

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Called as Shining Lights in Speech and Reading

Introduction Young People, these are the outlines for the discussion groups at the convention. Read and study them to be prepared to take an active part. 1.   Meaning of light a.   Scriptural references: John 3:19-21; Eph. 5:8; I Thess. 5:4-8; I John 1:5-7. b.   We can make the following distinctions: 1)   Physical light — light […]

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Romans 1 (2)

Romans 1:26-32   V.  Verses 26-27. A.  The connection. 1.   In this verse Paul refers again to the judicial ground for the “gave them up” of verse 24 — see explanation of this expression. 2.   In verse 24 he had written in general of the corruption in which the Lord had “given them up” through […]

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Romans 1 (1)

Romans 1:1-25   I.   Verses 1-7 — Introduction or Salutation. A.  Origin of the church at Rome. 1.   The view of Roman Catholicism. a.   Is there any connection between Rome’s view of this church at Rome and its view of the apostle Peter? b.   How does Rome view Peter’s relation to this church at Rome? […]

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James 2 (4)

(Continued from last issue) c.   A third explanation would apply this to God. 1) In God mercy always triumphs over judgment and justice. God loves everybody. This is the modern conception of God, also of the Three Points of 1924. Explain. This is also the Arminian conception of present day so-called evangelicalism. Explain. 2) This […]

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James 2 (3)

Chapter 4: 12-13 A.    Connection between this and the preceding verses. 1.   In these verses James writes his conclusion of the verses 1-11. 2.   Instead of respecting persons, catering to the rich and oppressing the poor, we must speak and do as they what shall be judged by the law of liberty. This must determine […]

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James 2 (2)

Chapter 3: 8-11 A. What is the royal law? 1.   There is a law of God for every creature, a Divine norm or rule, boundary line within which every creature must confine itself.  This applies e.g. to the birds, the fishes, plants.  Besides, this law for each particular creature is in har­mony with the nature […]

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James 2 (1)

I. Verses 1-5 A. Verses 1-4. 1. What is this “faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory? We read literally: the faith of our Lord, Jesus Christ, of glory, or, if you will, the faith of our Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. a. We must notice the names: Jesus Christ. What is […]

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Why I Chose to Be a Minister

Asked by the Staff of BEACON LIGHTS to contribute an article to the series on the subject, “Why I chose to be a minister,” I gladly comply with this request. The topic is surely timely, and I wish to congratulate the Staff upon its selection. The purpose of this series of articles, I assume, is […]

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Easter Meditation

Of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ the apostle Peter speaks in his Pentecostal sermon which is recorded in Acts 2, in verse 32: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” I will not say anything in this Easter message about the context in which these words appear. Space forbids […]

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Genesis 3

The First Sin INTRODUCTION Adam’s Antithetical Calling Scripture calls our attention to two trees:  the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Whereas the former had the power to perpetuate the lives of Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:22), the fruit of the latter was forbidden them. The tree of knowledge […]

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Gethsemane’s Agony

The undersigned was requested to write the feature article for this issue of Beacon Lights.  The subject assigned to me deals with the struggle of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then particularly with the words of our Lord: “Not My will but Thine be done.”  The topic which I selected […]

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The Fulness of Time

The expression, “fulness of time,” is Scriptural. We read in Gal. 4:4: “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” We must be on our guard against an erroneous conception of this expression. The pagan world, then, is pictured as groping […]

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Angels

The subject which was assigned to me by the Publication Staff of Beacon Lights is a very broad subject. It is, of course, impossible to treat it in detail in a short article of this nature. We purpose to treat two aspects of this subject: the idea of the guardian angel and the significance of […]

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An Open Letter to Schuiler

In the Beacon Lights of August an article appears by Schuiler in which he writes that the teaching of Reformed Doctrine is not the task of the school and that Christian School Societies err when they appoint ordained ministers of the Word to teach Bible and Reformed Doctrine in the school. For the sake of […]

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Children of the Reformation – Are We?

Again we are about to commemorate what the undersigned considers to be the greatest event within the Church since the days of the apostles. God, who alone does His work throughout the ages, ac­complishes this work by means of the weakest instruments and when His time is come. The Lord has chosen the poor, the […]

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The Reformation (1)

Next to the holydays that com­memorate the wonders of the grace of God in the fulness of time (Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost), the greatest holyday for the church of our Lord Jesus Christ is the one we celebrate on the last day of this month: Reformation Day. It was on this day. […]

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Protestant Reformed Churches

The undersigned was requested to contribute an article on the subject, “What must be the attitude of our young people toward our mission work?” in this August “Missionary” issue of our Beacon Lights.  In this subject the emphasis falls, I believe, upon the work “our”—what must be the attitude of our young people toward our […]

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