• Confronting Public Sins

    Mark 6:17–19a

    Under the terms of the new covenant, the church is not to exercise the state’s calling to bear the sword against evildoers. That does not mean, however, that the church is to be silent when it comes to politics and ...Read More

  • The Allure of Holiness

    Mark 6:14–16

    Even the most ardent skeptics are quick to admit that Jesus is a compelling figure. That is not enough for salvation, however, for people must also trust in Christ if they are to be saved. Moreover, they must do so ...Read More

  • Satan in Disguise

    2 Corinthians 11:12–15

    The good news of the gospel is that God does not lay our sins to our account when we trust only in Christ for salvation. That doesn’t mean our sin cannot disrupt fellowship with our Creator. It does mean that ...Read More

  • Our Prowling Adversary

    1 Peter 5:8-9

    Since Satan’s favorite weapon against us is deceit, the only way to counter him is with the truth. That is one reason why it is so important for us to be armed with a sound knowledge of Scripture, which is ...Read More

  • The Worship of Angels?

    Revelation 22:8-9

    As Protestants, we might not be tempted to pray to angels, but we must be on guard against the idolatrous ideas that may creep into our own thinking. Maybe we start trusting angels, ever so slightly, to preserve us and ...Read More

  • Spirits Who Minister

    Hebrews 1:13-14

    There are many other ways that angels minister to the people of God, but the key point is that our Lord uses these beings for our benefit. His love is so great that He sends powerful creatures to minister to ...Read More

  • Message-Bearers

    Luke 1:5-38

    The pattern of Gabriel’s bringing a message directly to Zechariah and Mary shows that angels speak to God’s people at decisive points in redemptive history. Since the next decisive point in salvation history will be the return of Christ, we ...Read More

  • Angels in God’s Providence

    Daniel 12:1

    Angels make up a mighty army dedicated to advancing God’s purposes. This is good news for the believer, since if we are on God’s side—or better, God is on our side—the angels are on our side. Knowing this gives us ...Read More

  • The Angelic Host of Heaven

    Revelation 4

    Scripture never teaches that human beings are transformed into angels when they reach heaven. However, it does report that we will see God face-to-face. We can hardly imagine what this will be like, but we know it cannot be compared ...Read More

  • Propositional Revelation

    John 15:26–27

    In itself, something like the empty tomb is merely a curiosity. Without the inspired propositional revelation of Scripture that explains the event, we would not know that the empty tomb means Christ’s resurrection for the justification of all who believe ...Read More

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