New Jerusalem


We really have little idea what our eternal home will be like but what we do know, gleaned from Scripture, especially Revelation, is that all our deepest longings for love, fellowship and joy, freedom from regret, guilt and sadness will be met.

Many questions arise in my mind. Will we remember our earthly lives or will our minds be otherwise totally occupied? Will we all speak the same language or be mutually intelligible? Will there be different ages present? What responsibilities and work will we have?

Revelation 20 describes a city made of precious. beautiful everlasting stones and pure gold. It is perfection!  The glory of God is imparted to and reflected in his church, the complete number of Jew and Gentile who enjoy unalloyed fellowship with Him and one another, and worship him perfectly and continually.

It is the heavenly paradise with the river of life, flowing from the throne of God, streams of the blessings of grace through Christ, including knowledge of God, righteousness, holiness and the favour of God, constantly flowing to us, the saints, by the operation of the Spirit of Christ.

This has always been God’s everlasting purpose to glorify his name and his saints with him. This is something to celebrate and anticipate.

A Guid New Year.

2018  beckons



A Guid New Year to Ane an’ A’
P. Livingstone / Alexander Hume (A Hume: Edinburgh, 1811-Glasgow, 1859)

A guid new year to ane an’ a’
An’ mony may ye see,
An’ during a’ the years to come,
O happy may ye be.
An’ may ye ne’er hae cause to mourn,
To sigh or shed a tear;
To ane an’a baith great an’ sma’
A hearty guid New year.
A guid New Year to ane an’ a’
An’ mony may ye see,
An’ during a’ the years to come,
O happy may ye be.O time flies past, he winna wait,
My friend for you or me,
He works his wonders day by day,
And onward still doth flee.
O wha can tell when ilka ane,
I see sae happy here,
Will meet again and merry be
Anither guid New year.ChorusWe twa ha’e baith been happy lang.
We ran about the braes.
In yon wee cot beneath the tree,
We spent our early days.
We ran about the burnie’s side,
The spot will aye be dear,
An’ those that used to meet us there,
We’ll think on mony a year.


Noo let us hope our years may be
As guid as they ha’e been,
And trust we ne’er again may see,
The sorrows we ha’e seen.
And let us wish that ane an’ a’
Our friends baith far an’ near,
May aye enjoy in times to come –
A hearty guid New year!



a’: all
ane: one
aye: always
baith: both
guid: good
ha’e: have
mony: many
ne’er: never
noo: now
twa: two
wha: who
winna: will not
ilka: every
burnie: small stream

Unbreakable bond of Marriage



The Westminster Confession teaches that divorce is sanctioned for adultery and even desertion. By divorce it means the end of the marriage. hence it also allows for remarriage of the “innocent party”. It is manifestly wrong!

“Sexual unfaithfulness or desertion breaks the bond of marriage between two married persons (WCF). They usually think something like, If my spouse leaves me and goes for a new life with another, what connection, what bond has (s)he with me any longer? To this the answer of God in His Word is simpler than one may expect, Why do you think sexual unfaithfulness or desertion “breaks” the bond between two spouses? It simply doesn’t! This is so because, according to Scripture, there is only ONE thing that in God’s eyes breaks the bond between man and his wife, and that is death, physical death of one of the two. This is the perspicuous testimony of God in His Word (Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:39). Unfaithfulness, as serious and grievous as it may be, only violates, corrupts, adulterates the intimate bond God has created between husband and wife, but it does not, and can never, break it. Even less does desertion or anything else. Before God, who created that bond (Gen. 2; Matt. 19), a man and his wife are “one flesh,” and will remain such until the death of one the constituent parts of this “one flesh.” Just as in the true marriage between God and His bride, the church, her adulteries cannot and do not break their bond, so that the true elect church is rejected forever from the presence of the Lord (Eze. 16), God has conceived and made human marriage in such a way that when He does unite two in the bond of one flesh, He does so for life! And He calls them to see and believe this and live accordingly!(God does speak of divorcing Israel but in the next breath he still states he is married to her! (Jeremiah 3:8-14). This fits with divorce being a putting away from bed and board NOT the dissolving of the marriage bond!-JK)

God hates divorce. Matthew 19;9 is only teaching the ground for divorce NOT the ground for remarriage. We cannot, and should not, ground any belief in divorce and remarriage on Old Testament Mosaic law which was given to unbelieving hard-hearted Israel but rather what “I say to you” i.e. Christ’s teaching.


Full article

God’s covenant with Adam


Herman Hoeksema developed the truth of covenant fellowship between the Creator God and His creation, man. He worked with the biblical data of the covenant as walking with God, dwelling with God and friendship with God, and built on ideas found in the Reformed tradition, especially in its treatment of the blissful communion Adam enjoyed with God in the Garden of Eden. Hoeksema writes,

“From the very first moment of his existence … and by virtue of his being created after the image of God, Adam stood in [a] covenant relation to God and was conscious of that living fellowship and friendship … He knew God and loved Him and was conscious of God’s love to him. He enjoyed the favour of God. He received the Word of God, walked with God and talked with Him; and he dwelled in the house of God in paradise the first.”12

Hoeksema’s formulation of the covenant (both before and after the fall) as a gracious bond of friendship explains the biblical data, excludes all human merit and preserves the absolute sovereignty of the Triune God. And refutes the idea of any “covenant of works” by which Adam could merit anything-JK

Full article

Reformed and always being re-formed.


No Reformed church or denomination can ignore the principle of SEMPER REFORMANDA. The calling is for the church always to be examining herself in the light of the word of God, and then making necessary correction based on that Word of God. There never is a time when the church may rest satisfied with herself.

Whether it is the Westminster Standards or the Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism and Canons of Dordt) it is incumbent upon members, office bearers and synods to be like the Bereans checking in Scripture whether these things (in their creeds or statements of faith) are so (Acts 17:11).

Prof. Barrett Gritters  Standard Bearer  December 15th 2017 page 125

The Spirit is poured out.

That baptism by pouring or sprinkling is the Biblical mode there can be no doubt. The sign must reflect the reality. The reality is that God pours out his Spirit upon his people in Spirit baptism as the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28) predicted and many other Old Testament prophets e.g. He is said to be poured out or shed on us abundantly, Tit. 3:6,  This was the primary way in which he was communicated under the Old Testament. “Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest;” Isaiah. 32:15. In Isaiah. 44:3, “I will pour my Spirit upon your seed, and my blessing upon your offspring.” Zechariah. 12:10 is an eminent example and always comes to mind. “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” This expression of being poured out or shed is an allusion to water. It refers to all the uses of water, both natural and typical.”

Adapted from John Owen’s “Communion with the Triune God.”

Feast of Tabernacles (2)

Sung Psalm 81:1-8 (celebrating Exodus)

Reading Numbers 29:12-40

The Pentateuch displays a progressive revelation of God’s instruction concerning his feasts, with the later books building upon what has been revealed earlier. Deuteronomy (from ancient Greek meaning second law), prepares the people for worship in the land.

It is worth noting that Leviticus 23 gives instructions concerning all the Jewish feasts while Numbers 28-29 outline all the sacrifices to be offered at these feasts.

The sacrifices at Tabernacles

Days 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Bullocks* 13 12 12 10 9 8 7 1
Rams* 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Lambs* 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 7
Kids # 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Total 199 offerings.

*all burnt offerings     #sin offering

So during this feast in which more offerings were sacrificed than in any other feast, the burnt offerings which were wholly consumed, started with the daily morning offering of a lamb, ended with another evening offering of a lamb and in between consisted the freewill offerings of the people PLUS all those outlined above.

Ezekiel alludes to this feast in Ez.36;37.38 where the increase of the people in Jerusalem will be like the increase of the flock in the city at the time of this feast.

Deut. 16:13-17 concerning this feast lays the emphasis on rejoicing and caring for the poor through sharing.

This emphasis on joy makes me (JK) think of how our Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of this feast in first, his incarnation (tidings of great joy Luke 2:10) and at the end of the world and his second coming at the final joyous ingathering of his elect I Thess.2:19), the tabernacle of God is with men (Rev.21:3).