Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 5 August, 2012
"Those that be planted in the
house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of
our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM Prof.
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1
Text: Colossians 1:20
I. The Meaning of
II. The Objects of Reconciliation
III. The Blessedness of
Psalms: 84:1-6; 148:1-6; 32:1-5;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Utter Defeat of the Demonic
Scripture Reading: Colossians 2
Text: Colossians 2:14-15
III. With What Benefit?
Psalms: 122:1-9; 148:7-14; 27:1-5;
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit,
please contact Rev. Stewart
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema: "More than through
any other agency or institution, it is through the political
power of the State that the devil is the prince of this
world. Under his rule, and through sin which corrupts all
things, the State becomes the chief power of evil. It
becomes ungodly, antichristian. Instead of using its power
for the protection of the good, and the punishment of evil
doers, it then causes the wicked to triumph in the land, and
the righteous to suffer. It becomes a power of oppression,
boasting of its own strength, usurping all authority,
lording it over all, the almighty state. Using its mighty
sword, it seeks to dominate in every sphere of life, in home
and school, in church and society. Always it is the tendency
and strife of the ungodly, antichristian State of fallen man
to transgress the limits of its own proper domain, and to
become totalitarian. It usurps the power to determine what
we shall eat and drink, how we shall educate our children,
whom and how we shall worship, and what we shall preach and
believe ... But God will nail His own sentence to that cross
of Pilate, the handwriting of our sins. And that divine
sentence He will receive and bear willingly, removing the
handwriting of our sins that was against us. And so the King
dies, humbling Himself as the obedient Servant of Jehovah.
And thus He battles His way into His own kingdom. For God
hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name that is above
every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow
and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father!" (When I Survey, pp. 23-24, 30).
Announcements (subject to God’s
We welcome all visitors
to our worship services today, including those who have
travelled from the US, Canada and Hungary. Prof. Hanko will
be preaching for us this morning and Prof. Engelsma will be
preaching this evening.
The second offering this
morning is for our building fund.
Everyone is invited to stay for
tea after the evening service today.
Those interested in
pre-ordering CDs or DVDs of this past week’s conference
on "Ye Are My Witnesses," please contact Stephen Murray.
Rev. Stewart will be in
Germany from tomorrow until 18 August. Anyone desiring a
pastoral visit, should contact one of the elders.
Men’s Bible Study is
scheduled for Saturday, 11 August, on Disciplines of a
Godly Man, Chapter 5, "Friendship." Notes are available
on the back table.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be
"The Separated Life" (Nehemiah 13:1-3).
Prof. Engelsma will preach for
us at both services next week and Prof. Hanko at both
services on the 19 August.
£742.95. Donations: £40 (books), £20 (DVDs).
PRC News: Grandville PRC has called Rev. A. Lanning
to be minister-on-loan in Singapore. Randolph PRC called
Rev. Bill Langerak, Standard
Bearer, Vol. 86, Issue 7
The original and pre-eminent
inhabitants of heaven are angels. Magnificent creatures,
their power, freedom, and glory is unsurpassed. Essentially,
angels are spirits—ethical, rational, and living souls
created in the beginning with heaven, their home (Job
38:4-7). Though non-corporeal, they are described with
earthly and heavenly features, reflecting their
transcendence and work as intermediaries. With bird-like
wings (even multiple pairs) and star-like brilliance, angels
are the mighty steeds (cherubs) and holy, fiery ones
(seraphs) of the heavens. Yet, angels can appear on earth in
an instant, take human form, eat, walk, and talk; are full
of eyes; and have one, two or four earthly faces—of a lion,
calf, man, and eagle (Eze. 10:12-14; Eze. 41:18; Rev.
As members of God’s household
with us, angels too are called the sons of God (Job 1:6).
The Lord dwells with them and they surround His throne (Rev.
5:11; Ps. 80:1). Beholding His face continually, angels
worship Him, and share in the glory of His truth, holiness,
and love (Matt. 18:10). Specifically, angels are designated
servants in God’s house, and their obedience exemplary
(Matt. 6:10). Standing on the four corners of the earth,
they are agents of God’s providence, acting in, through, and
even miraculously outside the laws of creation when
required. Full of eyes, they know His revealed will
perfectly. With wings they immediately deploy anywhere in
the universe to accomplish His will unencumbered by any
physical laws. An innumerable throng, they are the mighty
wings of God and so many glorious fingers of His Fatherly
hand (Heb. 12:22; Ps. 18:10).
More specifically, angels
represent the brute creation’s groaning interest and
particular role in fulfilling God’s covenant with His elect
in Jesus Christ—the supreme example that providence serves
grace. Woven into the very fabric of the universe and
continually hovering over the mercy seat of God’s temple,
they are creation’s most powerful agents to observe,
announce, guard, and ensure the fulfilment of the covenant
on behalf of its heirs (Ex. 25:20; Ex. 26:1; Heb. 1:14).
With decency and good order, every angel has an assigned
station and calling in this regard (Eph. 3:10).
Some angels are messengers of
the covenant. They announce God’s covenant promises, assure
doubting saints, comfort the distressed, interpret visions,
direct the course of the gospel, sanctify prayers, and
rejoice over the penitent (Gen. 22:15; Gen. 31:11; Dan.
8:16; Acts 8:26; Acts 27:23; Rev. 8:3; Luke 15:10). They
announce the birth of covenant leaders, encourage them in
battle, and instruct covenant parents in their upbringing
(Judges 13:3-5). One such messenger is Gabriel, sent from
God’s presence to Daniel, Zacharias, and Mary (Dan. 8:16,
9:21; Luke 1:19). Similarly, as messengers, human prophets
and pastors are called angels.
Other angels are warriors of
the covenant, protecting God’s people and taking vengeance
on their enemies. They rescue saints from destruction,
protect from murderous siblings, lead to godly wives,
deliver from prison, lions, and fiery furnace (Gen. 19:15;
Gen. 24:7; Gen. 32:1; Acts 12:7; Dan. 6:22; Dan. 3:28).
These angels are watchers of men, present in true churches,
care for its little ones, and escort believers to heaven
(Dan. 4:13; I Cor. 11:10; Matt. 18:10; Luke 16:22). They
form an impregnable fiery army around the church and destroy
apostates, heathen nations, armies, and kings (Ps. 68:17; I
Cor. 10:10; Acts 12:23). One such angel is Michael,
appointed champion of the church, who withstood antichrists,
disputed with Satan, led an army that cast him from heaven,
and at the end will battle Satan’s champion (Dan. 10:20;
Dan. 12:1; Rev. 12:7-10; Matt. 13:39).
Angels took a special interest and role in the ministry
of our Lord. They brought the first good tidings of His
incarnation and birth, ministered to Him in temptation and
distress, and explained His resurrection and ascension
(Matt. 4:11; Luke 22:43). Fitting, because Jesus is THE
Angel of the Lord, THE messenger and champion of the
covenant, who mediates, proclaims, establishes, guards,
fulfils, and avenges it. Made a little lower than angels for
suffering of death, He now is crowned with greater glory and
power, set over all the works of God’s hands, and shall
return with His angels to reap the harvest (Heb. 2:6-9). And
we shall join in singing, "Worthy is the Lamb.... Blessing,
glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, and power be unto our
God forever. Amen."