• Christ’s Law-Based Ethic

    Matthew 5:21–26

    Christians are ambassadors of Christ, representatives of His sovereign reign over creation. As such, we have a special responsibility to represent our Lord’s actual teaching. The only way we can do that is through careful study of our Savior’s words. ...Read More

  • Situational Ethics

    Exodus 21:28–32

    Sinners justify all manner of ungodly decisions by appealing to what they think love compels them to do. That is a grave error. We are not autonomous creatures who can be laws unto ourselves with respect to figuring out what ...Read More

  • God’s Law in Nature

    Romans 2:14–15

    People try but fail to suppress the voice of natural law on their consciences. Any reminder of that law is anathema to them because they exert such strenuous efforts to silence the voice of conscience. As we call attention to ...Read More

  • Our Ethical Basis

    Judges 21:25

    Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that Christian ethics are theonomic, that is, governed by God’s law. This does not mean the church is called to institute a theocracy in the civil realm. It does mean that no correct ethical decision ...Read More

  • The One-Flesh Union

    Mark 10:1–9

    As we will see in our study of Mark 10:10–12, God does permit divorce in certain situations. That does not mean, however, that applying His commandments regarding marriage and divorce is a simple matter. This is where we need the ...Read More

  • Causing Others to Sin

    Mark 9:42

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that the millstone punishment shows us “how dear and precious those persons [believers] are in the sight of God.” The children of God are immeasurably loved by Him, and He will not take kindly ...Read More

  • The Covenant Law

    Exodus 20:1–17

    God’s law serves His plan of salvation by reminding us of sin, pointing us to Christ, and showing us the kind of life that saved people should live. We need all of those things in order to experience the fullness ...Read More

  • Jesus Visits Tyre and Sidon

    Mark 7:24–26

    That Jesus went into a region that would have been expected to be hostile to Him is instructive to us. We are not to avoid those persons who appear to be most unlikely to believe the gospel. Instead, we must ...Read More

  • Progressive Revelation

    Hebrews 1:1–2

    Progressive revelation means that we who live in the new covenant era are blessed to know more about God’s plan and its outworking than those who lived under the old covenant. That does not mean, however, that we ignore the ...Read More

  • Evil in Heart

    Mark 7:20–23

    We cannot excuse external acts of sin by saying our heart was in the right place, for when one’s heart is in the right place, one does not sin externally. Nevertheless, we must recognize that sin and holiness are fundamentally ...Read More

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