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The Preaching of the Word as the Chief Means of Grace

LD 25: The Preaching of the Word as the Chief Means of Grace by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Romans 10: 14 to 21 There is little understanding today of what the preaching of the Word in the church is. The preaching has been replaced in the worship services by all kinds of other things; movie…

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How God Works Faith

LD 25: How God Works Faith by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Ephesians 4:11 to 16 We first believe when we are regenerated by the Spirit of God. In our regeneration, God gives us the power to believe. He wonderfully changes our hearts from being unbelieving and rebellious, to being repentant and believing. God works in…

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The Means of Grace

LD 25: The Means of Grace by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Ephesians 2: 1 to 8 I have been asked to write a series of meditations on Lord’s Days 25 to 31 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The subject of this section is what has been called the ‘means of grace’. Part of the reason why…

Lord’s Day 25

Lord’s Day 25 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance – Of the Sacraments Question 65 Since then we are made partakers of Christ and all His benefits by faith only, whence doth this faith proceed? Answer From the Holy Ghost, who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms…

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A Careless And Profane Christian Is Impossible

LD 24: A Careless And Profane Christian Is Impossible by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Matthew 25:31-46 What about careless and profane Christians? Are there such people? Do anyone of you know of such a person? Are you such a person? Does the doctrine of justification by faith alone make you want to sin as much as…

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Good Works, The Fruit of Justification

LD 24: Good Works, The Fruit of Justification by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 6 Never, never ought we to make our good works the ground or reason for our justification. Many may do that very thing, as they have done it throughout the new dispensation. But to make our works in any way a contributing…

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How We Do Good Works

LD 24: How We Do Good Works by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Ephesians 2:1-10 In the interests of learning fully how it is possible for a child of God to do good works, Paul speaks of this very thing in Eph 2:8-10. We are dead in trespasses and sins, Paul tells us (2:1). We are made…

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The Inability to Merit With God

LD 24: The Inability to Merit With God by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Matthew 20:1-10 But, our instructor tells us, there are other arguments that enemies of the truth will bring. They will try to trap you into agreeing  that our works merit with God. And then they will quote some texts for you. “For we…

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The Uselessness Of Our Works

LD 24: The Uselessness Of Our Works by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Psalm 10 Our teacher is very patient with us and tells us in some detail why it is impossible for our works to be in any way the basis for our justification. The first reason is that if our works must serve as a…

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Cannot Our Works Save?

LD 24: Cannot Our Works Save? by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Psalm 53, Psalm 14 The first objection to which our teacher calls attention, is a question that seems to be asked by someone who is surprised by the fact that justification is not based on works. “Why can’t our works be the whole basis for…