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In the past five years the board has been busy completing the library of Beacon Lights. This library of Beacon Lights includes all issues from the time Beacon Lights was first printed up to the present issue. The library includes all copies issued in the past seventeen years. These copies are all indexed and filed according to subject and topic.

Beacon Lights is the most important magazine in this library, however, the library also receives Standard Bearer and several other religious magazines. The board hopes to place a complete set of Standard Bearers in the library in the future. Thus, this magazine is not available for use as of now. Other items which may interest our readers are a set of court records on the case of First Church, Acts of Synod and information for Young People’s Society after recess programs. There are some Convention booklets and speeches of the past few years.

If anyone wishes to use this library, they should write to the librarian for the topic. Information will be mailed to you in an envelope furnished with the return address and return postage. All material may he kept for two weeks frons the date it is mailed. Material that is overdue will be subject to a five cent a day fine.

Anyone desiring information and material from this library must mail their request at least a week in advance to the time they wish to have the material. Requests should he mailed to 131 Barret, Grandville, Michigan.

We hope that this library will be of much service to our young people and other interested readers.

“The Recipients of the Gospel of the Promise”

I.          Content of the Gospel

II.         Character of the Promise

III.       What Believers Themselves Are

IV.       Objections

 

The gospel of the promise has two meanings. One, the gospel as the content of the promise, and the other meaning the gospel as glad tidings.

God gave His people one promise which began with the fall of man. This promise is also known as the seed promise or the protevangel. This promise was given to our first parents, Adam and Eve, and God has renewed that promise through the ages constantly shedding light upon that promise. The protevangel was a promise only to the elect and a prediction of Satan’s destruction. (There was no promise for the devil.) In Genesis 3:15 God promises to bring into being the elect and to destroy the evil one. The content of the promise is Christ Himself in connection with the cross. (God sees His elect as holy and sinless.)

The character of the promise is that man by nature is a person of conditions, but God, on the other hand, is the unchangeable One Who has no conditional dealings with man. The promise is an unconditional oath to His people. Election is the supreme cause and fount of God’s salvation.

There are objections to this promise of the gospel. First, some say that the gospel of election can’t be preached because we do not know who the elect are. On the contrary, it is believed that, historically, the believers are the church and the true church can be seen. Election is not a hidden thing for God in His fulness expresses salvation and all its glad tidings to His people. Then too, God is the infallible and true preacher of the Word whose chief concern is the salvation of His people.

A second objection to this promise is that the gospel should not be preached to all men; however, the Bible teaches that the gospel should be preached to all men. Our confessions and catechism also teach that the gospel should be preached to all men.

The final objection to the gospel of the promise is that the gospel promise is a prophecy prediction and not a promise. Those who adhere to this conviction believe that the promise is given to everyone. Every baptized child receives the promise. The opposing view to this conviction is that he who wants a promise to all must deny that the promise is an oath given to the believers alone. To say that the promises of God are conditional is to destroy the promise of salvation and its benefits. God assures the election of His children in their hearts for we read that God’s spirit beareth witness with our spirit, telling us that we are His children.

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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