Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 25
therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and
wherewith one may edify another" (Rom 14:19)
- 11:00 AM
Purposes With Israel in the New Testament Age (6)
The Greater Riches of Israel’s Reception [download]
Reading: Romans 11:1-27
I. The Fulness
of the Jews
II. The Life
From the Dead
III. The Way of
39:7-13; 49:14-20; 16:6-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Church’s Like-Mindedness [download]
Reading: Romans 15:1-33
I. The Meaning
II. The Exercise
III. The Gift of
40:1-5; 18:43-50; 105:1-7
Quotes to Consider:
Herman Hoeksema: "Now, then, our text speaks
of 'their fulness', that is, of the fulness of the Jews. the meaning is,
therefore, that by which the number of the Jews is filled, that by which
their number is fully completed. And the question arises: what number
constitutes the measure that must be filled? Does the text refer to the
Jewish nation as a whole as the measure that must be filled? This is the
view of some. A time will come when all the then living Jews will be
saved, and every last one of them will be converted and drawn into the
kingdom of God. But this interpretation meets with too many and weighty
objections. First of all, it may be said that this view rather
arbitrarily limits the complete number of the Jews that must be filled
to those Jews that shall live at a certain period. if the 'fulness' of
them means all the Jews there is no valid reason thus to limit
their number. Besides, this interpretation is quite contrary to all that
was taught us in this section of the epistle to the Romans. Emphatically
we were taught that not all are Israel that are of Israel. Only the
children of the promise are counted for the seed. This truth stands. It
was true in the old dispensation, it is true today, and it will be true
to the end of time. In the light of this emphasis on the children of the
promise as the only true seed, it would be very strange if the apostle
here by 'the fulness' of them would refer to all the Jews living at a
given time. And, finally, in the twenty-sixth verse we read of the
'fulness of the Gentiles'. And the meaning is, evidently, that by which
the number of the Gentiles is filled. But does this mean all the
Gentiles then living? Does it mean that every last one of those Gentiles
must be saved before 'the fulness of the Gentiles' is come in? You know
better. Scripture too plainly teaches that this will never be the case.
The 'fulness of the Gentiles' signifies that which fills the number of
Gentiles that must be saved. And the measure of this number, according
to all Scripture, is God's own election. But if this be true of the
'fulness of the Gentiles', the same truth must be applied to the
expression 'their fulness', that is, the fulness of the Jews. The very
last Jew that must be saved according to God's election will fill their
number. And it is of this fulness that the apostle is speaking in our
text. And the meaning of our text, therefore, is that the receiving of
the very last of the Jews that must be saved according to God's election
will be life from the dead" (God's Eternal Good Pleasure, pp.
O. Palmer Robertson: "The 'full number' in
Israel will be realized by the same process in which Jews are currently
being received and added to the number. For the 'remnant according to
the election of grace' encompasses the same individuals as the
'fullness' (i.e., full number) of Israel" (The Israel of God, p.
Geerhardus Vos: "The climacteric nature of the
event to be expected as the issue of the unfolding ways of God forbids
to tone down this phrase to the purely-metaphorical, making it fall
within the terms of mere spiritual revival. 'Life from dead' must refer
to the resurrection specifically so named, and so understood it
presupposes the beginning of the closing act of the eschatological
drama" (The Pauline Eschatology, pp. 87-88).
Herman Hoeksema: "The glory of Israel's
reception is life from the dead, that is, the resurrection life.
That will be more glorious. There is one thing that is greater than the
reconciliation. It is greater because life out of the dead is the
ultimate fruit of the reconciliation. The objection has been made that
then the apostle would have said 'the resurrection.' The reason why he
does not use the word resurrection is that the apostle does not have in
mind the moment of the resurrection, but the glorious state into which
the church is to be resurrected" (Righteous
By Faith Alone, p. 538).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Stephanie Adams from First PRC in
Grand Rapids, Michigan, to our worship services today. She returns to
the US on Saturday
The October C. R. News and an RFPA Update
are available on the back table.
A sample PRC missions calendar is on the back
table for you to look at. If you would like to order one, please add
your name to the sign-up sheet.
PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea Campbell at the manse
Tuesday, 7 PM
- Jacob & Nathan at the Buchanans
Tuesday, 8 PM
- Mark & Lauren at the Hamills
PM - Beginners OT Class at the manse
Midweek Bible study meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM
at the manse. We will consider I Peter 3:8-9., the spiritual graces and
activities of those who are of "one mind."
On Friday, Rev. Stewart will give a Reformation Day
Lecture in Portadown on "Calvin’s Doctrine of Justification:
Considering the Judgment Day with Singular Delight." The Stewarts have 3
places in their car for any who would like a lift to the lecture.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "In Praise of Sovereign
Grace: Unconditional Election" (John 6:37).
The Council meets next Monday, 2 November, at
7:30 PM at the manse.
Prof. & Mrs. Hanko are coming to N. Ireland from
Friday, 6 November until Monday, 30 November. Prof. Hanko will be
preaching for us the four Lord’s Days he is here. Rev. & Mary Stewart
will be staying in Limerick from 8-21 November to help the Limerick
Reformed Fellowship and to enable the Council to make recommendations
regarding the LRF to the PRC Synod of 2010.
Don’t forget the lecture on "Calvin vs. Darwin:
Anniversaries, Origins and Worldviews" in Ballymena Protestant Hall next
week Friday, 6 November, at 7:30 PM. Come and bring a friend.
Friday, 13 November - The Last Days
Thurs., 26 November - Corporate Responsibility (Prof. Hanko)
Offerings: General Fund: £462.42. Philippines:
£1,296.15. Donations: £50 (CR News).
Website additions: 1 German and 2 Italian
translations were added.
PRC News: Cory Griess was approved at Classis West and ordained
as minister of Calvary PRC (Hull, IA) on Thursday. Rev. Slopsema (First,
MI) declined the call to Trinity PRC. Rev. Spronk (Peace, IL) declined
the call to Byron Center PRC. Rev. Haak declined his calls to Holland
and Cornerstone PRC.
The duties and sins of church
members by John Flavel (English Puritan, 1628-1691).