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Depravity and Regeneration (11): "In the way of a holy life of obedience"

Depravity and Regeneration (11): "In the way of a holy life of obedience"
The experience of fellowship with God, the joy and peace that accompanies such fellowship is rooted in the work of Christ, imparted through a justifying faith in Christ, and enjoyed as the believer walks in the way of, down the path of, a holy life of obedience. This Scriptural terminology is necessary for the reasons Rev. Griess points out in his article. (The reader would well equip himself to read that article as well as all of them in his series.) For that reason, we may not look at this phrase with suspicion as if it is “indistinctive language” or “the phrase needs careful explanation if it is used.” Of course, it needs to be defined. So do the terms grace or love. The phrase “in the way of a holy life of obedience” must be above suspicion. When a believer through the weakness of his faith gives in to his old man of sin and walks in the way of disobedience and sin, God by his grace withholds from him the joy and peace that he experiences when walking in the way of obedience. God does this in order to bring his child back to him in the way of repentance. Read More

The Unforgiving Servant

The Unforgiving Servant

The relation is reciprocal: if we fail to forgive our brother, it is only because we have not been forgiven by God. We have not known forgiveness for our sins. There is a subtle nuance here. We do not know forgiveness, because we do not confess our sins. We do not confess our sins, because we do not know them in our pride. It is precisely that pride which is the reason for a sense of superiority over against our brother and an unwillingness to forgive him.

Likewise, when we fail to forgive our brother, we do not experience forgiveness ourselves. We cannot hold grudges against our brother, refuse to forgive him, and then expect God to forgive us. This is making a hollow mockery of God and his mercy. God will cast us into the place of torment if from our hearts we do not forgive our brother his trespasses.

Therefore, only in the way of forgiving our brothers will we experience the blessed peace of forgiveness. Experiencing this forgiveness, we will sing, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Ps. 32:1, 2). Forgiving one another, we will live in the rich blessedness of the communion of saints who together have salvation in the cross of Jesus Christ.

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Through Many Dangers – a Civil War story…preorder today!

Through Many Dangers – a Civil War story…preorder today!

August 1862. Eighteen-year-old Harm van Wyke finds his quiet life in the Dutch Reformed community of Holland, Michigan upended by the American Civil War. Harm’s minister, Rev. Albertus van Raalte, encourages the young men of his community to join the Union army. Harm hesitates to leave his home, but when his friends portray the war as a grand adventure, he gives in and joins them. As Harm and his friends travel to army camps in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and then Louisville, Kentucky,...

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From the RFPA Board—A Letter Re: Copyediting

From the RFPA Board—A Letter Re: Copyediting Dear RFPA Supporter, Members of the Board and staff of the RFPA have recently received questions concerning some of our books. In response to these questions, we have carefully researched the titles in question and have found that some of these books were improperly copyedited. We are deeply sorry that this happened and are working as quickly as possible to correct this. Our in-house definition of copyediting is as follows: “The purpose of copyediting...

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The Threat of Hyper-Calvinism

The Threat of Hyper-Calvinism

Another betrayal of the spirit of hyper-Calvinism is embarrassment and hesitation, that is, fear, over giving the call “Repent! Believe!” and over declaring the promise “Whosoever believes shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” This language is not suspect. It is not the language of Arminian free-willism. It is pure, sound, biblical language. It is as much a part of the Reformed heritage as is the statement of divine, double predestination. We must take care that we do not concede precious elements of the gospel to the Arminians. Because they have seized on certain elements of the scriptures, have wrenched them out of their proper setting, force them into the service of their false gospel, and thus wrest them to their own destruction, we may not abandon those elements. Rather, we must continue to honor them as part of God’s revelation and must continue to give them their necessary place in the proclamation of the word. There is no Arminian text in the scriptures nor one Arminian word. No more than we renounce love because the liberals abuse it do we downgrade the external call of the gospel and slight the promiscuous publication of the promise because heretics construct a message of salvation by the will of man from a perversion of them.

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Depravity and Regeneration (10): The Exhortations to Good Works

Depravity and Regeneration (10): The Exhortations to Good Works

What follows is the tenth entry of a series of articles written by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma. The ninth entry is Depravity and Regeneration (9): The Nature of Good Works. _______________ Each morning I bow before God and ask him to give me strength to walk in a way of holiness and obedience. He knows my sinful thoughts. “Thou understandest my thought afar off” (Psalm 139:2). God knows the particular sins I have a struggle with in my life, my pet sins. I bring...

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RFPA Bible Study Guides

RFPA Bible Study Guides

God calls the people to return (Mal. 3:7). See Jeremiah 31:18 for the relationship between God’s grace and our turning from sin. One of the evidences of true spiritual repentance is seen in bringing in the tithes and offerings. Where grace has touched the heart, the hand is opened as well. (Luke 19:8; 2 Cor. 8:8).

The promise of God is twofold. First, “I will return unto you” (Mal. 3:7). That is, in the way of sincere stewardship we are given to enjoy the lovingkindness of God. Second, God will richly supply our earthly needs, often beyond our imaginations (v. 10).

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Depravity and Regeneration (9): The Nature of Good Works

Depravity and Regeneration (9): The Nature of Good Works
The nature of a good work is rooted in a believer’s desire to please God. Yes, a believer does good works to please God! Do not twist this to say that this means a believer does good works in order to merit God’s love and favor. The regenerated child of God is already the object of God’s love and favor for Christ’s sake alone. But, being redeemed, the child of God seeks to please his heavenly Father, as a child (who already is loved and adored by father) seeks to please his earthly father. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” 1 John 3:22. Or perhaps even more clearly in Colossians 1:10: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Read More

Communion With God, by H. Hoeksema, SALE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30!

Communion With God, by H. Hoeksema, SALE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30!

This is an extract from chapter 42 of Communion With God titled Put on Love, by Herman Hoeksema, pages 327-329, published by the RFPA. Hoeksema discusses Colossians 3:14: “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” _______________ Put on, therefore... Holy and beloved, elect of God, above all put on love. How strange an exhortation. How apparently paradoxical an admonition. How utterly impossible it appears to heed it. For how shall we put on love? Can a man put on love as...

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Depravity and Regeneration (8): "Created in Christ Jesus Unto Good Works"

Depravity and Regeneration (8): "Created in Christ Jesus Unto Good Works"

Sanctified sinner: are you able to do works that are good, works with which God is pleased? Mind you, I am not asking whether these works justify you. I am not asking whether these works merit anything in God’s sight. I am simply asking you if you are able to do works that are good? The answer to this question is, according to Scripture: yes! Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Or again, Titus 2:14: “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” These good works the sanctified believer performs. God does not perform them for us. The Spirit of Christ that works in the hearts of his people does not perform them for us. That Spirit who has cleansed us in the blood of Christ and who restores to us the image of God has renewed our minds and wills in order that we are able to perform good works.

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Herman Hoeksema on 2 Peter 1:10

Herman Hoeksema on 2 Peter 1:10

Oh, certainly, blessed it is to know that once we were called from darkness into light, that the Lord did break our hard heart, that he did bend our stiff knees, that he downed the pride of our natural existence and taught us to bow in contrition and humiliation of heart and mind before him, until we were assured that our sins were washed away in the blood of the Lamb and that we might be called the children of the Most High. But that calling in the past, if it were genuine indeed, could be only the beginning of a constant struggle to walk as children of light.

Only by bearing constantly the fruit of our calling can we make our calling and election sure.

For, brethren, he who called us is holy; and unto holiness we are called!

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Depravity and Regeneration (7): Good Works

Depravity and Regeneration (7): Good Works

What follows is the seventh entry of a series of articles written by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma. The sixth entry is Depravity and Regeneration (6): Sanctified. _______________ We are thankful that the proper truth of sanctification is faithfully and fervently taught and preached by ministers of the gospel in the PRC. We are thankful for elders who discharge their office in the protection of this truth in our midst. We are likewise thankful for members who also have a proper understanding of this...

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When You Pray

When You Pray

“Because prayer is rooted in and flows out of Scripture, Bible reading and meditation are essential for a life of prayer. In our personal and private devotions, when we are alone with our God in prayer, poring over and meditating on God’s holy word makes prayer easier and richer. When we pray in the company of our families at mealtime, or with God’s people in fellowship and in public worship, God’s word is at the center of such devotions.When our lives are ones of conscious fellowship with God in the hours of the day or night, such fellowship is possible only because we have hid God’s word in our hearts, loving it, recalling it, confessing it, living by it. The relation between meditation on God’s word and prayer is reciprocal. We need to pray for the Spirit to be able to understand God’s word; we need to understand God’s word to pray by the power of the Spirit.” - Page 12-13.

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Communion With God, by Herman Hoeksema - 50% OFF!

Communion With God, by Herman Hoeksema - 50% OFF!

«Oh, say not that you love him when you walk in darkness. For he who loves me keeps my words. And say not that the Father in Christ came to you and made his abode with you, if you do not walk in that active love. If you do, you are a liar. For if a man love me and keep my words, then the Father will love him and we will come unto him and make our abode with him. But what then? How shall these things be? Must we, then, love him first, in order that we may make ourselves worthy of his love or receptive to his love? Must we first prepare our hearts as a suitable abode for him, before he will come and receive us into his home? God forbid! Love is always of God. He loves us first. Our love is but the return to him of his own love. He loved us in the blood of the cross, while we were still enemies. Yet the sphere of love, created within us by himself in our hearts, is the only sphere in which he will dwell with us. And in the way of keeping his word we taste his blessed fellowship. Here in small beginning. Soon in heavenly fullness. Blessed hope!» ~ Pages 14-15.

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