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continue with you, with those who grow up frrm among the children of the church, and those who are still hidden in the seed of the church, or who are brought into the church from without. No one whom God has included, may we exclude. And that this refers not merely to your salvation, but also to your fellowship with the Triune God, and to your being near unto God, clearly appears from what the apostle writes so enthusiastically, that "with all saints" ye may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height in the mystery of the grace of God. This exposition of the sense of your sacred felstill

is deeply significant with respect to pracWhen you accustom yourself to reends. duce the multitude, which no one can number, to the few Christian people whom you personally know as members of your own church, your sacred

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Then horizon becomes very small and narrow. the people of God slink away to a few hundreds, and all the rest of the world appears to you like If, on the other hand, you think of lost masses. the wide circle of all God's saints, those at hand and those afar off, of the present and of the past, of those on e'arth and of those in heaven, and of those who are yet to be born, then all the saints of the old Covenant at once come nearer, then there is life in fellowship with apostles and martyrs, then there is an innumerable multitude of brothers and sisters above, and from the rising generation and from those that will come after 568

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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To be near unto God - pagina 576

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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