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God’s Covenant, Part 13 – Covenant Promise(s)

B-The Eternal Covenant

Having viewed God’s Covenant in the broadest sense of the term in regard to the promise of salvation, we will now attempt to examine it further, and in greater detail. The approach we will take is to break the subject down into its several different parts. Once this is done, then each one can be examined in the light Scripture. By doing this, our view of the larger picture will develop into a clearer and fuller image. Continue reading

God’s Covenant, Part 11 – God’s Purpose

C-The Purpose of God in Providence

We now come to the place where it is necessary to consider the purpose of God as it unfolds in history in regard to the division of time. Scripture reveals God’s decree as it concerns the covenant, as a work that progressively unfolds; concerning the decree, it is eternal; concerning the covenant, it has a beginning and it has an end. The end in view according to God’s decree is the ultimate revelation of God’s perfected, glorified kingdom. Because of this fact, there is a design to history that is revealed only by Scripture. The worldling cannot see this, and alas, many Christians influenced by man-centered views of the kingdom have failed to see the design and sovereign hand of God in it as well. Here, we want to look more closely at how God’s covenant interrelates with history and time. More specifically, we want to look at and consider the design of its unfolding in a broad sense. Minute details will be developed in time, but for now it is well to view the development of the kingdom as a structure built upon the purpose of God. In order to do this, perhaps it would be helpful to review what we have already considered concerning God’s covenant purpose from Scripture, a simple outline of this will suffice. Continue reading

 Good and Evil

Preface

The following paper is comprised from a number of thoughts I have been dwelling upon of late, all of which are related to the sovereignty of God and the freedom of man. These thoughts followed a study I undertook recently of an exposition from the Book of Romans, chapters nine through eleven. This particular exposition was actually a series of sermons preached by Dr. Herman Hoeksema[1] many years ago on this text. The original reason for my interest in this portion of Scripture was actually concerning something other than what is contained in this paper. I was studying this section of Scripture out of an interest in resolving in my mind exactly what the apostle Paul meant when he said in chapter eleven “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” (Rom. 11:26,27). My primary interest was in God’s covenant, especially since I have been writing on the subject.[2] Continue reading