Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 4 December, 2011
"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
The Things Prepared for Those Who Love God [download]
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 2
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 22
Psalms: 146:1-8; 116:1-8; 147:1-5, 19-20; 73:23-28
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
God’s Glorious Perfections (6)
The Eternity of God [download]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 90
Psalms: 93:1-5; 116:9-19; 39:1-6; 90:1-7
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services, contact
desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quotes to Consider:
Herman Bavinck: "Time is a concomitant
of created existence. It is not self-originated. Eternal time, a time
without beginning, is not conceivable. God, the eternal One, is the only
absolute cause of time. In and by itself time cannot exist or endure: it
is a continuous becoming and must rest in immutable being. It is God who
by his eternal power sustains time, both in its entirety and in each
separate moment of it" (Reformed Dogmatics, II:164).
Stephen Charnock: "As the eternity of
God is the ground of all religion, so the eternity of Christ is the
ground of the Christian religion. Could our sins be perfectly expiated
had he not an eternal divinity to answer for the offences committed
against an eternal God? Temporary sufferings had been of little
validity, without an infiniteness and eternity in his person to add
weight to his passion" (The Existence and Attributes of God,
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Back table: A new Standard Bearer
Sunday Catechism: 10 AM - O.T.
Monday Catechism: 6 PM - O.T.
Beginners (Alex & Nathan) 6:45 PM - O.T. Juniors (Jacob & Joseph) 7:30
PM - Heidelberg (Timothy, Zoe, Amy & Lea)
Our Tuesday morning Bible study
meets at 11 AM. We will study Revelation 13:16-18 on the mark of the
meets Wednesday at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will consider the
fall of the devil and the demons.
Men’s Bible Study meets this Saturday,
10 December, at 8 PM at the Kennedys, studying Daniel 9.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "The Mirage Shall
Become a Pool" (Isaiah 35).
Next Sunday evening, we will have a
preparatory service with a view to partaking of the Lord’s Supper
the following Lord’s Day morning (18 December).
Ballymena Lecture: Friday, 30 December,
7:30 PM on "Scripture Alone!"
Reserve Friday, 27 January, for our annual
congregational dinner. The church visitors, Rev. B. Langerak and
Elder Sid Miedema, are scheduled to arrive on Friday, 20 January. They
will be with us until 28 January when they will go to Limerick. They
will return home again on Tuesday, 31 January.
Offerings: General Fund: £868.42.
Donations: £34 (CR News), £20 (DVDs), £88 (CDs).
PRC News: Edgerton PRC has called Rev. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI).
Our Lord’s Coronation
by Rev. Cornelius Hanko from the Standard
Bearer, vol 58, issue 12
"The Lord [Jehovah] said to my Lord
[Adonai, the mighty Conqueror], sit thou at my right hand, until I make
thine enemies thy footstool" (Psalm 110:1).
This prophecy was realized on Christ’s
coronation day. When our Lord arose from the dead and ascended to heaven
He was accompanied by ten millions of angels, who accompanied Him to the
throne of our eternal God, where He received the crown, with power and
authority to rule over all the works of God’s hands (Daniel 7:13-14).
What a glorious moment that was for our
Lord! It was the moment He had looked forward to with eager anticipation
during all His life and ministry here on earth. Even when He repeatedly
referred to Himself as the Son of man He had in mind this glorious
exaltation. For the Scripture had foretold that through the deepest
humiliation this Son of Adam would be exalted to heavenly glory far
above the angels. He must often have sung in His soul, "What is man,
that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest
him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast
crowned him with glory and honour ... O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is
Thy name in all the earth" (Psalm 8:4-5, 9). Often Jesus spoke of His
kingdom, reminding His disciples that His kingdom is not of this earth,
but is heavenly, spiritual and eternal. He assured them in His preaching
that the Son of man would soon enter into His kingdom. When He stood
before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin He boldly testified under oath that He
was the Christ, the Son of the living God, and added, "Nevertheless I
say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right
hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64).
Also after His resurrection Christ showed His disciples that He had to
suffer all these things, even to the death of the cross, in order to
enter into His glory (Luke 24:26).
This was another step in Christ’s
exaltation and the beginning of His work as the Great Servant of God in
heaven, our great Prophet, our exalted Highpriest, and our eternal King.
Literally all power was entrusted to Christ, over the angels and saints
in heaven, over the devil and demons of hell, over the nations of the
earth, over sun, moon, and stars, and over every creature that is upon
the earth and in the sea. This is a derived power. God still occupies
the throne as sovereign Potentate of potentates, Lord over all, but He
exercises His power and carries out His eternal counsel through our Lord
Jesus Christ. It is at the same time a universal, totalitarian control
over all things in heaven, on earth, and in hell. Our Catechism
stresses the fact that Christ exercises this power as Head of His
church, of which we are members. He builds His church, brings His saints
to glory through the judgments that are brought upon the wicked, and
establishes His kingdom in the new creation, that God may be all in all!
The more we think about this the more
staggering it becomes! What a glorious day that was when the angels were
sent out to accompany our Lord in His triumphal entry in His kingdom!
The breach that had been made in the angel world when the devil and his
demons rebelled and were cast out was now finally healed, as our Lord
assumes His place of authority over the angels who eagerly obey His
bidding. They are far more involved in the work of our salvation than we
realize. What a blessed day that was for the saints when they saw their
Redeemer and Saviour face to face in His glory. How wonderful for them
that now they can see God fully revealed to them in all His perfections
in Jesus Christ, so that they can live and reign with Christ to the
glory of the Father! How blessed for us to know that our dear departed
ones now wear a crown with Christ in His kingdom!
But what a terrible day that was for the
devils and demons, along with all the wicked in hell! For one of the
first duties that Christ carried out in His new position of authority
was to proclaim His victory to the inhabitants of hell, whereby their
condemnation is sealed forever (I Peter 3:19-20). Once for all, the
Accuser of the brethren, who still entered heaven in the old
dispensation, is banished from that heavenly realm (Revelation 12:8).
Satan and his host have received their death sentence, so that they know
that they have but a little while before they will be cast into the lake
of fire and brimstone (Matthew 8:29). Also the wicked of all the ages
must realize now the utter hopelessness of their situation. What a cry
of anguish arises from the lips of the wicked as they gnash their teeth
and chew their tongues in a much deeper torment of despair!
What a difference the exaltation of Christ
has made upon the nations of the earth! On the day of Christ’s
coronation the millennium of Revelation 20 was introduced. Scripture
informs us that for the past "one thousand years," taken symbolically as
a full period of time determined by the Almighty, the devil had been
bound in regard to the nations of the earth. This does not mean that he
had been unable to tempt individuals or to attack God’s church with
heresies and other seductions. But it does mean that he was not able to
establish a world empire through these nations. This new dispensation in
this sense is different from the old, when nations like Assyria,
Babylon, the Medo-Persian kingdom, the Macedonian empire, and the Roman
empire could temporarily rule the known world. Since Christ’s ascension
all the attempts that have been made to establish a world empire, even
as recently as Napoleon and Hitler, have utterly failed. In the
meantime, Christ has carried out the counsel of God as contained in the
book with its seven seals (Revelation 5:6-7). Only the exalted Christ,
as the Lamb for sinners slain, was found worthy to break the seals of
that book and carry out all that is written in it. As a result, the
white horse has gone forth spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth
and to the islands of the sea, conquering over and subduing the hearts
of God’s elect unto submission to the gospel of peace. In its trail
followed the red horse, arousing nations to war against each other as
they gave vent to their hatred against God and His Anointed, as well as
against one another in selfish greed. Also the black horse was sent
forth to bring about economic disorders which resulted in the rich
becoming richer and the poor becoming the more oppressed by the rich.
Along with these was sent out also the pale green horse bringing
sicknesses, plagues, diseases, and death upon the earth (Revelation 6).
In the normal course of events one fourth of the population of the earth
was affected by these judgments of God. At other times a far larger
number suffered, as one third of the earth’s population experienced
God’s visitations. And all of these judgments reach their culmination
when antichrist stands at the height of his power and the vials of God’s
wrath are poured out upon the worshippers of the beast (Revelation 16).
Only at the end of these "thousand years," when the gospel will have
spread to the ends of the earth and the entire church of Christ is
gathered from every nation and tribe and tongue, will Satan once more be
unleashed to arouse the nations of the earth to the final battle of
Armageddon. In the meantime the wickedness of man will be fully
manifested, so that there is no semblance any more of religion or of
repentance, but only a bitter cursing of God for all His sovereignty
over the earth. That day cannot come until the very last saint has been
prepared for his or her place in Father’s mansions, even until the Bride
has been fully adorned through the sufferings of this present time to
meet the Bridegroom. Only then will our Lord appear with the clouds in
all the glory that He now possesses, as that majesty is described in
Revelation 1, to judge the earth in righteousness and to take His Bride
unto Himself in His heavenly perfection at the wedding feast of the Lamb