Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 20 November, 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
Drawing Near to God [download]
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:1-31
Psalms: 145:1-8; 113:1-9; 51:1-7; 65:1-5
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
God’s Glorious Perfections (4)
The Spirituality of God [download]
Scripture Reading: John 4:1-30
Psalms: 95:1-6; 114:1-8; 47:1-8; 87:1-7
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Quote to Consider:
Matthew Henry on Hebrews 10:22: "They
must draw near to God. Since such a way of access and return to God is
opened, it would be the greatest ingratitude and contempt of God and
Christ still to keep at a distance from him. They must draw near by
conversion, and by taking hold of his covenant. They must draw near in
all holy conversation, like Enoch walking with God. They must draw near
in humble adorations, worshipping at his footstool. They must draw near
in holy dependence, and in a strict observance of the divine conduct
towards them. They must draw near in conformity to God, and communion
with him, living under his blessed influence, still endeavouring to get
nearer and nearer, till they come to dwell in his presence; but they
must see to it that they make their approach to God after a right
manner. With a true heart, without any allowed guile or hypocrisy. God
is the searcher of hearts, and he requires truth in the inward parts.
Sincerity is our gospel perfection, though not our justifying
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Rev. Stewart’s bimonthly letter to
the PRC and a missions letter on the Philippines are on the back
This morning we witness the baptism and
confession of faith of Debbie Murray. We wish her the Lord’s
blessing as she lives out her vows as a member of the CPRC.
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 Rev. 13:11-18 on the miracles of the false
prophet and the image and mark of the beast.
meets Wednesday at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will look at
angels as worshippers of God.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "The Desert Shall
Blossom" (Isaiah 35).
The next Council meeting will be
held on Friday, 2 December, at 7 PM.
Upcoming Lectures: S. Wales, Thursday, 1 December, on "Christ
Ballymena, Friday, 30 December, 7:30 PM on "Scripture Alone."
Rev. McGeown’s next lecture in Limerick
in scheduled for Monday, 5 December, on "Peter, the Papacy and the Keys
of the Kingdom."
Offerings: General Fund: £545.00.
Donations: £4,000 (Australia), £150 (CR News).
PRC News: Hope PRC’s new trio is Revs. Haak, R. Kleyn and Kuiper.
An excerpt from "The
Reformed View of Angels (2)"
by Rev. Dale H. Kuiper in
the Standard Bearer, vol. 72, issue 11
What is God's
purpose with angels in regard to His church? We read in Hebrews 1:14,
"Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister
for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Angels are the servants of
the church as a whole and of the saints individually.
There are five items to be observed here.
1) Angels are messengers from God in heaven to His church on earth,
appearing at the most critical points in the history of salvation. After
the Fall God placed at the east of Eden cherubim to keep the way of the
tree of life, for fellowship with God was no longer through the tree but
through Christ typified in bloody sacrifices. God delivered the Law to
Moses at Sinai by the hands of angels. The birth of Jesus Christ was
announced to Mary and to Joseph by Gabriel, after he had announced the
birth of John the Baptist. An angel appeared to the frightened shepherds
in the fields of Bethlehem speaking of the birth of the Saviour; then, a
multitude of the heavenly host taught the shepherds and us to sing,
"Glory to God in the Highest." After Jesus was baptized and had been
tempted in the wilderness, angels came to Him and ministered unto Him.
When Jesus grovelled on the ground as a worm and not a man in the
Garden, an angel came to Him to strengthen Him. At the empty tomb an
angel spoke the resurrection gospel to the women, "He is not here, he is
risen even as he said." On the Mount of Olives an angel asked the
staring disciples, "Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?" and promised
that Christ would return in like manner. And when Jesus comes at the end
of time He will come with His angels in great glory. So angels are
messengers, sent to reveal the will of God and to comfort both Christ
and His church.
2) There are angels whose business it is to guard the people of God and
their children. In Psalm 91 we find the wonderful words, "For he shall
give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They
shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a
stone." As parents, who cannot always have our eyes on our children, we
take great comfort from the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:10, "Take heed
that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that
in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is
in heaven." Little children of God have their own, personal angels, who
go from the face of God in heaven to do His will, to watch over our
Not only is this physical protection that the angels give, but they
safeguard our children from the devil and the world. We believe that God
watches over us. We believe that He preserves us from the evil one. But
we are not often aware of the means that God uses, those ministering
spirits whom we may call guardian angels.
3) There is a sense in which the angels observe what is happening on the
earth, at least in the life of the church and in the life of the saints.
Jesus concluded two of His parables with the astounding words,
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of
God over one sinner that repenteth." When there is the refusal to
confess our sins to God and to one another, and to extend forgiveness to
one another, we may be sure that the angels in heaven weep. But when a
sinner comes to repentance, the angels rejoice before God because they
understand that repentance worketh life, and repentance comes to pass
only by the irresistible grace of God! Angels delight in the grace of
God in Christ!
The second proof we have for the position that angels are aware of what
goes on in the church below is the rather difficult passage found in
Ephesians 3:10, "To the intent that now unto the principalities and
powers in heavenly places might be made known by the church the manifold
wisdom of God ..." Paul says that he preaches among the Gentiles the
unsearchable riches of Christ, that he makes known the mystery which was
hid from the beginning of the world, with the intent that the angels
might know these things by means of the church!
When the church preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ, and when the
members of the church confess and live that gospel, the wisdom of God in
saving His church through Christ is made known to the angels. They are
not saved by that gospel, but they are deeply interested in it, and that
interest is satisfied as the angels are attuned to the life of the
4) The angels of God are reapers in the great harvest at the end of the
world. In the parable of the tares and the wheat (Matt. 13), the field
is the world, the good seed stands for the children of the kingdom, and
the tares are the children of the wicked one. At the end of the world,
the Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of
His kingdom all that do iniquity, and shall cast them into the furnace
And those same angels shall bring the righteous into the kingdom of
their Father. Accordingly, Jesus teaches in Matthew 24 that He "shall
send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather
together the elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the
Angels reap, they gather, they bring together the elect unto Christ, and
bring the wicked unto the flame.
5) Finally, we must notice that there is a change worked in the
relationship between the angels and us due to the great victory that
Christ achieved as the Captain of our salvation. According to our
creation, and according to the manhood of Jesus Christ, we were both
made a little lower than the angels. But because of His perfect
obedience unto death, God has so highly exalted Christ that He is now
higher than the angels. Thus Hebrews 1:4, "Being made so much better
than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent
name than they."
Because the child of God is represented by Christ, and is engrafted into
Christ, we share in His exaltation and honour, and are given a place
above the angels in the world to come. One of the implications of the
church's sharing in Christ's glory is that when Christ returns to judge
the quick and the dead, we are going to judge with Him, and according to
I Corinthians 6:3, we are going to judge the angels ...
What do we say to
those who claim to have seen angels in their lifetime, have had visions
of angels, and have even heard angels speak?
... We do not believe it. We do not believe it because there is no
longer any reason for God to send us angels, and to give us messages by
angels. Not since the canon of Holy Scripture has been completed. We put
such visions of angels in the same category as speaking in tongues,
miracles of healing, and special revelations from God. All these were
common during the days of the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles. The
reason for such things was that there was no New Testament yet — no
full, written Word of God. Further, these miracles and revelations had
the purpose of proving that what the prophets and apostles were saying
was indeed true. But there is no longer any need for that.
This all reminds one of the rich man in hell of whom we read in Luke 16.
This rich man says to Abraham in heaven, "I pray thee, father, send
Lazarus to my father's house that he may testify to my five brothers,
lest they also come into this place of torment." And Abraham says to
him, "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them." In other
words, they have the Bible. Let them give careful heed to what God says
in the Bible. But the rich man objects (implying that he was brought
into torment unfairly), "Nay, father Abraham, but if one went unto them
from the dead, they will repent." And the final word of Jesus in the
parable is, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they
be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." The Scriptures are
sufficient. God does not speak through other means since the time the
apostle John finished Revelation, and pronounced woe upon those who
added to or subtracted from the Word of God.