This article considers the history and theology of Mormonism. It offers an account of the life of Joseph Smith, then an outline of the Book of Mormon, followed by some further history of the movement, the story of Brigham Young, and then a discussion of some of the important doctrines. It offers a separate section on the matter of polygamy in Mormonism, and concludes with a suggestion on how to approach Mormons.
Does covenant membership itself provide an assurance of salvation? This article reiterates that salvation is by faith alone. This article explains what implications this has for life in the covenant of grace.
This article discusses the order of events that take place in the last days, and exactly where the rapture fits into this order. It indicates that there is only one return of Christ, whereupon the rapture takes place.
This article discusses the idea of the millennium—when it starts and ends. It briefly notes the various views on the millennium, and opts for a view known as "realized millennialism," or amillennialism. The author shows how this discussion is directly connected to how one views the book of Revelation, and the meaning of the number 1,000 in Revelation 20.
This article discusses the topic of the great tribulation (Matthew 24), what are its characteristics and when it will come. Among other things, Christians will face great pressure because of persecution. The article also discusses the signs of the times.
This article considers how believers will survive the time of the revealing of the man of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2). Perseverance will occur because of God's sovereign grace and election. Christ will destroy the man of lawlessness, whose identity the article also discusses.
This article discusses the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. There will be a twofold resurrection at the end of time. The article reflects on the current whereabouts of believers and unbelievers who have died. It explains the meaning of Sheol and Gehenna. Lastly, it discourages the practice of cremation.
This article discusses the Day of Judgment. It addresses questions concerning who the judge will be, how God can judge all people at the same time, and why a judgment is required also for those who have already passed away.
This article considers what everlasting life will be like. It will be a perfect life with God and fellow believers, with a glorified body. There may well be degrees of joy, and a specific task to fulfill. The article ends with an instruction on how to prepare for the rapture.
This article addresses some topics relating to the rapture. It argues that the salvation of "all Israel" as mentioned in Romans 11:26 is the salvation of the entire church of Christ. It also discusses the controversy between Jews and Samaritans, and how some regard it as existing today in the battle between Jews and Muslims.
What does Paul mean in Ephesians 1:13, 14 when he speaks about being sealed with the Holy Spirit? Is this sealing only for some Christians? This article discusses these verses in an attempt to answer the question.
How does the Holy Spirit testify with our spirit, according to Romans 8:16? This article discusses the inward testimony of the Spirit, that it is not new information, but a confirmation of what we have embraced by faith.
This article considers the background information to the book of James, particularly the identity of its author, the brother of the Lord Jesus. It testifies to the transformation in his life, in accepting Jesus as his Lord.
What is the relationship between the covenant and regeneration? This article weighs in. Along the way it discusses presumptive regeneration, regeneration in the Reformed Confessions, and especially the character of regeneration.
This article focuses on the signs that God has given to demonstrate and confirm his covenant love: the Sabbath, circumcision and baptism as signs of admission, and the Passover meal, and the Lord’s Supper. The article also discusses how baptism has replaced circumcision, and the Lord’s Supper has replaced Passover (among the other OT feasts).
Certain criticisms have been levelled against covenantal preaching. This article considers these concerns by examining how the Lord addresses his people, in preaching, in the Bible. He addresses them as his covenant people, laying on their hearts his promises and sanctions.
Is the notion of covenant irrelevant for the New Testament church? This article deals with the relation between the old and new covenants. The new is the fulfillment of the old, a movement from shadows to realities in Christ.
This article considers the covenant that the Lord established with David. Any ruler over Israel had to keep the Lord’s covenant. Saul did not, so David was chosen. The promise to David in 2 Samuel 7 is discussed as well, as is the connection between David and the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal King.
This article discusses how the Lord in his covenant sometimes visits his children with trials. It demonstrates this through Israel’s time in Egypt. The Lord then used Moses to deliver his people, a foreshadowing of deliverance in Christ. The article also explores the exodus motif in Scripture, and then the motif of protection in the wilderness.
This article shows how the covenant that God established with Noah was evidence of him making a new beginning after the global flood. The article also discusses the merits of the term “covenant with nature.”
This article considers the history of God’s covenant dealings with the first generations that came from Adam and Eve. It highlights the line of Cain and the line of Seth, and how in time the lines converged and the enmity that God had set in Paradise was forgotten, leading to mixed marriages.
This article discusses how many covenants there are in Scripture. The author argues that there is only one covenant, which has existed from the beginning of time, with various dispensations. He discusses why Paul speaks in Romans 9:4 of plural covenants.
This article defines a covenant as a living relationship between two parties, and unfolds what that all entails in the biblical covenant between God and man. The result of a covenant brings peace, which is established ultimately by Jesus Christ. In him the covenant bond had become even closer.
This article establishes from Scripture that God alone establishes the covenant between him and his people. It also explains how the Lord often chooses people most unlikely to succeed on their own. It goes on to show how an understanding of God’s initiative helps us to appreciate the meaning of his revealed name, Yahweh, and how also the Lord Jesus applied the name to himself. In Christ the reality of the covenant finds its fulfillment and perfection.
Should the consistory continue with the steps of church discipline when there is withdrawal of membership? This article shows that withdrawal can be used as an escape route, in which case a withdrawal request can be denied.
This article suggests that the introduction of mentors and [[mentorship] programs in the church for ministers has the danger of leading to an erosion of the offices that Christ has given to his church, including the office of all believers.
Infant baptism is rooted in the covenant of God. The covenant of the Old and New Testament share the same structure; namely, it is a spiritual covenant which points to God's grace and embodies promise and responsibility. This understanding of the covenant necessitates infant baptism.
Looking at 1 Corinthians 6:11, this article shows how the church can help those struggling with homosexuality. The author calls all those struggling with homosexuality to Christ as the true deliverer of every sinner.
This article is about the remembrance of the unification of Reformed Churches from the First Secession (1834) and the Second Secession (1886). On June 17, 1892, the Synods of these two federations gathered in one, united session to form the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.
It is certainly a strange combination which heads this meditation. Pharisees and Herodians do not go together. The two parties are essentially different from each other, archenemies even. The one party rivals the other, and normally they would not be on speaking terms. Yet here they are holding counsel together!