• The Greatest Commandments

    Mark 12:28–31

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also writes in his Mark commentary, “We do not really progress in the Christian life until we understand that we are to love God simply because He is lovely and wonderful, worthy of every creature’s unqualified ...Read More

  • Close to the Kingdom of God

    Mark 12:32–34

    In our day, many people will not preach the law of God because they believe news of God’s judgment creates a barrier to people’s entering the kingdom. Yet Jesus Himself shows us that we cannot come close to the kingdom ...Read More

  • The God of the Living

    Mark 12:25–27

    Scripture refers to the Lord as the “living God” (Deut. 5:26) not only because He is the only God who is alive—the other gods being dead because they do not truly exist as gods—but also because He is the God ...Read More

  • The Sadducees Ask About Marriage

    Mark 12:18–24

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Since God makes known His will clearly in the Scriptures, the want of acquaintance with them is the source and cause of all errors.” If we are going to know the truth, we must ...Read More

  • When Disobedience Is Required

    Acts 4:1–22

    Choosing to obey Christ when His commands conflict with the state’s may earn us the designation of criminals or traitors. But that should not dissuade us from submitting first to Christ’s commandments before we do what the government says. Let ...Read More

  • When the State Turns Beastly

    Revelation 13

    Identifying the precise moment when a state becomes beastly can be difficult. Nevertheless, it is possible for the state to turn on God and His people, and we must be vigilant so that we notice when this happens. If we ...Read More

  • What We Owe to Civil Authorities

    1 Timothy 2:1–2

    It is easy to grumble and complain about our civil leaders and then stop there. But God would have us not merely speak up when the government acts unjustly; rather, He calls us also to pray for our leaders. Let ...Read More

  • Church and State

    Acts 25:1–12

    The history of church-state relations is messy, and often the church has ended up compromised, blessing sinful aims of certain states. It is far better for the church and the state to respect the division God has ordained. When the ...Read More

  • Obedience to Civil Authorities

    Romans 13:1–7

    Civil authorities do not have to be perfect or even Christian for us to obey them. We are to obey even the mandates we consider silly or onerous if doing so does not require us to break God’s law. In ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Blood of The Covenant

    Mark 14:22–25

    We cannot have life itself if we do not have Christ. Indeed, we need Him more than we need to eat and drink physical food for the sake of our bodies. The Lord’s Supper helps to remind us of our ...Read More

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