What happens between death and the resurrection? What happens when a Christian or an unbeliever dies? This article answers those questions by looking at Scripture's teaching on the intermediate state. Exploring the meaning of death for a Christian and the separation of body and soul, the author gives hope to those who rest in Christ. Judgment day is a day they can look towards with courage.
It is God’s will that his children should be assured of their salvation. This article argues that assurance of salvation is a certain thing.
It is God’s will that his children should be assured of their salvation. On the other hand, assurance of salvation is not experienced by all believers. This article looks at how the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and Arminianism, as well as some teachings of the Puritans, rob believers of their assurance of salvation.
As described in the Heidelberg Catechism, the life of the Reformed Christian is characterized by a threefold experience: misery because of sin, glad assurance because of deliverance in Christ, and gratitude that expresses itself in good works and prayer.
As the author continues with a defence of amillennialism over against postmillennialism, the argument turns to the amillennial view itself, which emphasizes the rule of Christ Jesus in the present age. Thus, this view is opposed to a specific time period of a literal 1000 years of Christ's rule, as advocated by many postmillennials.
In the part of the continuing discussion, the author turns to the strongest source for the support of postmillennialism, the Old Testament prophetic texts. The author criticizes this over-reliance on Old Testament passages. The author also makes an specific analysis of the postmillennial interpretation of Isaiah 65.
The author clearly states the eschatological position of Amillennialism. This view is supported by the Reformed creeds, as well as the outplay of natural events in history.
This article shows that Reformed churches should not only rejoice that Martin Luther took a stand against error in doctrine, but also be prepared to take the stand themselves.
When the Reformers observed the clarity of scripture, they had in mind that Scripture is clear when it is preached, and that the believer must read it in its simplicity. The perspicuity of scripture gives the freedom to believers to read the Bible, and the foundation for the church to formulate doctrines.
This article is a biography on Herman Hoeksema, with a focus on his preaching ministry.
What is it that characterizes postmillennialism? This article concludes the discussion on the teaching of preterism. The author also discusses postmillennialism's belief in the temporary aspect of the millennium, as well as its blame of the church for the failure of the millennial kingdom to appear.
What is it that characterizes postmillennialism? This article focuses on two characteristics taught in postmillennialism that are believed to usher in the golden age of the church: the earthly victory of the church and the conversion of the Jews. The author looks at these claims and gives an evaluation based on the teaching of scripture.
This article discusses the postmillennialist interpretation of Revelation 20, with a focus on Revelation 20:7-9.
Postmillennialism teaches that Jesus will return after the millennium. The controversy around this teaching centers around the interpretation of Revelation 20:1-10. Should this passage be understood literally or figuratively? Postmillennialism reads this text figuratively, but presents a different understanding than the common Reformed view on the topics of the binding of Satan, the reign of saints, the first resurrection and the victory of Christ.
This series of articles builds off of a previous series entitled The Millennium. Although they are distinct perspectives, premillennialism and postmillennialism hold some things in common. In their treatment of Revelation 20, both expect the literal fulfillment of the millennium, the earthly realization of the Messianic kingdom. Also, both see the Jews racially as the special people of God. In this article attention is given to the teaching of postmillennialism.
This trilogy of articles builds off of a previous series entitled The Intermediate State, looking at the topic of end times. This series looks at the text of Revelation 20:1-10, discussing the amillennialism perspective on this scripture passage. One must understand the sybolic nature of the book of Revelation. Revelation 20 is a description of the present gospel age. This understanding has significant implications for the daily life of the Christian and the hope he has in Christ.
This trilogy of articles builds off of a previous series entitled The Intermediate State, looking at the topic of end times. This series looks at the text of Revelation 20:1-10, discussing the premillennialism and postmillennialism perspectives on this scripture passage. The author maintains that interpreting this text wrongly puts the unity of scripture at stake and threatens the Christian hope.
What is the work of the pastor? This article maintains that a fundamental aspect of the work of the minister is teaching doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13). The author describes what it means to teach doctrine and what this teaching should look like. In order to fulfill this task, the pastor must also value reading.
This is the fourth of six articles about the intermediate state, death, and what happens when Christians die. This article maintains that after death believers have uninterrupted covenant communion with Jesus Christ. Christians must guard this doctrine under the threat of naturalism and modernism.The article also looks at the idea of soul sleep.