Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 30 October, 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
Gilgal, Where God Hated Israel [download]
Scripture Reading: Hosea 9
Israel’s Love of Gilgal
God’s Hatred of Israel
God’s Punishment of Israel
Psalms: 111:1-6; 109:26-31; 95:6-11; 106:34-42
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Christ’s Sitting at God’s Right Hand [download]
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:17-2:7; 4:1-16
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 19
Our Righteous Ruler
Our Gracious Benefactor
Psalms: 24:1-6; 110:1-7; 2:6-12; 72:1-8
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desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
Quote to Consider:
Matthew Henry on Hosea 9:15: "He hates
them. ‘In Gilgal, where all their wickedness is, there I hated them.’
There, where the abominations of sin are committed, there God abominates
the sinners. In Gilgal he had bestowed many tokens of his favour upon
their ancestors, but now that is the place where he hates them for their
base ingratitude. Nay, he not only hates them, but He will love them no
more, will never take them into his favour again; the breach between God
and Israel is wide as the sea, which cannot be healed. This agrees with
what he had said (Hos. 1:6-7), ‘I will no more have mercy upon the house
of Israel,’ the ten tribes. He will discard them, and have no more to do
with them: ‘For the wickedness of their doings, I will drive them out of
my house.’ He will no longer own them as his, or as belonging to his
family in the world; he will turn them out of doors as unfaithful
tenants that pay him no rent, as unprofitable servants that do him
neither credit nor work."
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
On the back table is a new CPRC address
and telephone list. Please check (and tick) your details, but please
leave the original on the table.
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 begin our study of the second beast in
Revelation 13:11-18. All are welcome.
Belgic Confession Class meets Wednesday
at 7:45 PM. Continuing Article 12, we will look at the work of (good)
The Council will hold their next
meeting this Thursday at 7:30 PM.
Rev. McGeown will be giving a lecture
in Limerick tomorrow evening and a lecture in South Wales this Thursday
evening. Please remember him and these meetings in your prayers.
Ladies Discussion Meeting will be held
this Friday at 10 AM to look at chapter 3, part 2, of Lies Women
Believe. All women are welcome. Ask Susan for more details.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast
next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be "To Protect and
Provide" (Ephesians 5:25-26) by Rev. Haak.
Offerings: General Fund: £459.10.
£150 (C. R. News), £60 (lecture), £50 (CDs).
PRC News: Prof. & Mrs. Hanko left this past week for a 2-month
stay in the Philippines and Singapore. Pastor-elect Jonathan Mahtani
will be examined by Classis East this Wednesday morning with a view to
being ordained and installed as minister of Cornerstone PRC on Wednesday
evening with his father-in-law, Rev. Haak, officiating.
From Herman Hoeksema’s
The Triple Knowledge, vol. 2, pp. 80-84, on Heidelberg
Catechism, Lord’s Day 19:
Thus the Catechism separates the
ascension into heaven from the sitting at the right hand of God, which
are combined into one article of faith in the Apostolic Confession.
The purpose of this is not to separate
the two truths, or the two stages in the exaltation of our Lord,
mentioned in this article, but rather to bring out that, although they
are closely related, they are, nevertheless to be distinguished from
each other. The ascension of Christ into heaven is the way unto his
exaltation at the right hand of God; the latter is the end, the goal,
of the former. The ascension was, no doubt, necessary unto the sitting
at the right hand. In fact, we may safely say that, in the exaltation
at the right hand of God, the entire glorification of the Saviour,
beginning in the resurrection, finds its goal. And yet, the ascension
and the sitting at the right hand of God, though so closely related,
must be distinguished, and deserve a separate discussion. It is
evident that the ascension is not the same as the exaltation at the
right hand of God. It is possible to ascend to heaven, as in the case
of believers, without being exalted to that highest position of power
and glory that is indicated by the figure of sitting at the Right
Of this highest exaltation of Christ,
Scripture speaks very frequently, and with great emphasis. It was
clearly predicted in the old dispensation. Especially the psalms look
forward to this universal glory of the universal king. In the Second
Psalm we read of the eternal decree concerning this exaltation: "The
Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son: this day have I begotten
thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter’s vessel" (vv. 7-9). If we read the Eighth Psalm
in the light of Hebrews 2:6-10, it becomes plain that it speaks of
this same dominion and power of our Lord: "For thou hast made him a
little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and
honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet" (vv. 5-6). In Psalm 24 the
people of God sing of the King of glory, who is Himself the Lord of
hosts, but who ascends into the holy hill of Zion, and before whom the
everlasting doors must be lifted up that He may come in. And in this
general way, many more of the psalms, such as the forty-fifth, the
seventy-second, the eighty-ninth, and others, speak of the
glorification of the Servant of Jehovah, the theocratic king, the
Christ of God. Moreover, the sitting at the right hand of God is
literally mentioned in Ps. 110: "The lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou
at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool" (v. 1).
The Old Testament prophets, too, direct
the hopeful eye of God’s people to this future exaltation and glory of
the Messiah. For Jehovah’s servant "shall deal prudently; he shall be
exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee;
his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the
sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut
their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they
see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider" (Isa.
52:13-15). Daniel "saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the
Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of
days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him
dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and
languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away; and his kingdom that which shall not be
destroyed" (Dan. 7:13-14). It is true that this passage looks even
unto the second coming of our Lord, but so that His exaltation at the
right hand of God is included in the scope of the vision. Zechariah is
enjoined to take silver and gold of them which were of the captivity,
and to "make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua, the son of
Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the
Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the BRANCH; and he
shall glow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the
Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his
throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of
peace shall be between them both" (Zech. 6:12-13). That God’s priest,
the Servant of Jehovah, shall be crowned with glory and honour, and be
exalted to the kingdom, is clearly predicted in this passage.
It is hardly necessary to demonstrate
that this truth is strongly emphasized in the new Testament. The Lord
Himself, in the hour of His deepest humiliation, mentions His coming
exaltation before the high priest: "Hereafter ye shall see the Son of
man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of
heaven" (Matt. 26:64). The disciples saw His power and coming, and
were eyewitnesses of His majesty, when they were with Him in the holy
mount (II Peter 1:16-19). And of that glory and majesty they speak
very emphatically in their preaching of the gospel. In that wonderful
sermon preached on the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter proclaimed:
"Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received
of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this,
which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens:
but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right
hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house
of Israel know assuredly that God hath made this same Jesus, whom ye
have crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:33-36). And again,
before the high priest and the counsel, he declares: "The God of our
fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath
God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to
give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." (Acts 5:30-31).
In the epistles, too, the truth of
Christ’s exaltation at the right hand of God is repeatedly emphasized
We quoted all these passages, not so much
to demonstrate that the confession concerning the sitting of Christ at
the right hand of God is scriptural, as to bring out that the Bible
lays great stress on this truth.
The sitting at the right hand is
everywhere presented as a goal that has been reached.
It signifies that the first begotten of
the dead has assumed his position as the firstborn of every creature.
Let us try, in the light of all that Scripture teaches us
concerning it, to understand a little of the glorious mystery.