General Writings

Biblical Church Government – Part 1

"'Moses wrote this Law and delivered it to the Priests…and…the Elders.'   Deuteronomy 31:9. The addition of 'the Elders' is not superfluous.   For although the office of teaching was not committed to them, yet were they given as coadjutors to the Levites, in order that they might uphold the doctrine of the Law and not suffer… Read more »

Biblical Church Government – Part 2

 -56                                         5.   THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD  It is significant God spoke the Universe into existence.   Each step of His manufacture of our Earth, is introduced with the words: "And God said!"   Psalm 33:6-9 and Genesis 1:3-26. For just as God's Word, His eternal divine Son, shape our Earth by speaking to it —… Read more »

Biblical Church Government – Part 3

-183-                                                   6. THE OFFICE OF DEACON                                                  "The king called for Jehoiada the chief (priest), and said unto him:             'Why have you not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah                          and Jerusalem the collection of the Congregation of Israel for the                           tabernacle?'"  — Second Chronicles 24:2,6 cf. Exodus 20:12-16. In 1645, the… Read more »

Biblical Church Government – Part 4

-277-                                                 7. THE RULING ELDERSHIP       "'Lord God, the Steward (Ben Meshech or Oikogenous) is this Eliezer'…,                                   Abraham spoke to his Elder (his bearded Zeqan or his old Presbuterooi)                    who ruled over all he had."   Genesis 15:2 & 24:2. There is no more important Officer in the Christian Church, than the Elder.   Whatever else… Read more »

Biblical Church Government – Part 5

-338-                                      MISCELLANIES AND CONCLUSIONS                           "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter!   Fear God,    and keep His Commandments!   For this is the whole duty                            of man.   For God shall bring every work into judgment!"                                                                                – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. In this last chapter of this book, we deal with just a few miscellanies, and… Read more »

The Holy Spirit and the Calvinistic Westminster Confession

After the 'Theologian of the Holy Spirit,' John Calvin (1509-64), his views were enshrined especially in the 1647 Westminster Confession of the British Puritans. The Spirit-drenched Westminster Confession of Faith (2:1) insists that "there is but one only living and true God, Who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure Spirit." Nevertheless, "in… Read more »

See Scripture Straight — not from the Loony Left, nor from the Romish Right!

No earlier than about A.D. 64, Peter's Second Epistle (1:16-21) insists: "We have not followed cunning-devised fables!   We made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and were eyewitnesses of His majesty….   We heard!….   [Yet,] we have too a more sure word of prophecy….   Know this — that no forthtelling… Read more »

Peter: No Pope, or Pentecostalist, but Protestant!

761.  The Holy Spirit and Peter in the Synoptic Gospels The Synoptic Gospels are Matthew, Mark and Luke.   All of them were written probably in the sixties of the first century A.D., and contain much overlapping material.   The Gospel of the Apostle Matthew seems to have been recorded first — and that of the ‘Petrine’… Read more »

Outline for “Culture in Biblical Perspective”

This is a 1976 chronological outline for an expansion of my article Kultuur en Godsdiens and my books Calvin on the Sciences and Man’s Origin and Destiny and The Central Significance of Culture – after the latter was approved by Potchefstroom University for my M.A. status in Culture (Kultuurkunde) under the direction of Professor Drs…. Read more »

Luther’s Jenseitige Eschatology

-1 – Jenseitig!   Unlike the theologically-impoverished English language, German has a fine word to describe "the life hereafter" alias "the life after death." Jenseitig — "on the other side of"; or "hereafter in the next life."   And that, notwithstanding the paucity of German compared to Dutch and English books thereon in modern theological literature after… Read more »

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