• Doers of the Word

    James 1:22–25

    “The law of liberty” (v. 25) refers to the whole of the Word of God, more specifically, the old covenant laws and promises and their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. How do you look at the Law? Do you go to ...Read More

  • What Is Providence?

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Even we who believe in God can sometimes be guilty of living our lives as if He did not exist. How often do we drive around town, work at the office, dig in our gardens, read a book, prepare our ...Read More

  • The Limits of God’s Patience

    Amos 4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “How little the pretense of good intention avails with God, which hypocrites ever bring forward.” The ancient Israelites thought that the Lord would be patient with their evil as long as they worshipped fervently. ...Read More

  • Augustine on Faith and Reason Part II

    Romans 1:18–32

    Faith and reason work in a reciprocal manner. Believing in God, we see new vistas of truth. As we reason through these vistas, our belief in God is further confirmed. We believe in order to understand because, like Paul and ...Read More

  • The Galatian Problem

    Galatians 1:6–7

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians states, “Since Paul by his own experience teaches us that congregations which are won by great labor are easily and soon overthrown, we ought with singular care to watch against the devil ranging everywhere, lest ...Read More

  • Suffering and Obedience

    Hebrews 5:7–8

    A great scholar once said that once he understood the reason for the Incarnation, he could never believe in a God who would not or could not take on a human nature. The incarnation of the Son of God and ...Read More

  • Walking in Christ Jesus

    Colossians 2:6-7

    Discontent in our lives and envy of the blessings of others is the opposite of thanksgiving, and these things threaten to plunge us back into the darkness of sin. John Calvin comments, “Ingratitude is very frequently the reason why we ...Read More

  • God is Greater

    1 John 3:19–20

    When it comes to our assurance (as well as everything else in life) we all must ask ourselves, “do I really trust God?” Trusting God is the first step towards assurance and drives us to do what John tells us ...Read More

  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

    Ephesians 4:5-6

    Water baptism does not guarantee that the person baptized has true faith in the Messiah, but it is so closely tied to the baptism of the Spirit we receive at conversion that people should not be rebaptized even if they ...Read More

  • Circumcision and Baptism

    Colossians 2:8–15

    John Calvin writes that baptism does not “intimate that our ablution and salvation are perfected by water, or that [it] possesses in itself the virtue of purifying, regenerating, and renewing.” Neither is it “the cause of salvation, but only that ...Read More

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