• The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:12–13

    When we separate the baptism of the Holy Spirit from conversion, we end up with second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. But as the Lord has poured out His Spirit on all His people, this is impossible. Christians may ...Read More

  • A Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3–5

    John Calvin tells us that 1 Peter begins with a description of our indestructible hope so that we may “enjoy the invaluable treasure of a future life; and also that we may not be broken down by present troubles, but ...Read More

  • Degrees of Punishment

    Romans 2:1–11

    Hard as it may be for us to conceive, Scripture seems to teach that there are degrees of punishment in hell. Today’s passage reminds us of how those who never trust Jesus store up wrath for themselves. Unrepentant murderers will ...Read More

  • Faith Defined

    John 3:16

    Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you know about the sinless life He led and the work He did on the cross? Do you believe that He is who He says He is and does what He says ...Read More

  • The Angel of Light

    2 Corinthians 11:14–15

    Today we can rejoice because the accuser of the brethren has been cast down and defeated (Rev. 12:7–12). Even though he rages on the earth because he knows his time is short, none of his charges can ever stick against ...Read More

  • Casting out Demons

    Mark 1:23-18

    As Romans 8:19–21 indicates, the salvation that Jesus brings will encompass even the physical order. That cannot happen, however, until Christ deals with the evil powers that hold creation hostage. Jesus dealt the decisive blow of victory on the cross, ...Read More

  • Living Under Grace

    Romans 6:14

    John Calvin notes that we are no longer under the law for justification: “We are no longer subject to the law, as requiring perfect righteousness, and pronouncing death on all who deviate from it in any part.” While old covenant ...Read More

  • The Second Commandment

    Exodus 20:4–6

    Some people will disagree, saying that there is to be no art in the worship setting. While these opinions should be respected, we believe that to prohibit art is to neglect the fact that God is the fountainhead of all ...Read More

  • The Messianic Secret

    Matthew 16:13–23

    Jesus did not keep His identity hidden from everyone, but revealed it to those who would be less likely to expect a political revolutionary (for example, John 4:26). In order that you would not have false expectations about Jesus’ work ...Read More

  • The Tree of Life

    Genesis 2:1–16; 3:22–24

    Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden was awful indeed, yet God’s grace was evident even in this punishment. For the Lord’s people, death is a release from the evils of this world, as eternal life in a fallen creation would ...Read More

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