• Servants of the Saints

    Hebrews 1:13­–14

    God’s grace works not only in our salvation, but also in the angels He sends to minister to us. Usually, we are not sure where and how the angels are working, but the close calls and unexpected provisions we experience ...Read More

  • Avoiding a Hardened Conscience

    Pray this prayer with the psalmist David: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23–24).Read More

  • The Government and the Sword

    Romans 13:4b

    There is a division of labor between the state and the church. The state punishes evildoers with the sword, and the church preaches the gospel. The state may not do the church’s job, and the church may not do the ...Read More

  • The Canon of the Bible

    2 Peter 3:10-18

    While the church has had some disputes over exactly which books belonged in the Canon, it always agreed that the Canon was closed with the death of the last apostle. While no Christian today seeks to add to the Canon, ...Read More

  • The Content of Belief

    1 Timothy 3:16

    The portion of the medieval church that evolved into modern Roman Catholicism is actually the church that departed from the Apostles’ Creed. The Protestant Reformers who sought to uphold the ancient faith in the controversy over justification did not depart ...Read More

  • Through Promise

    Galatians 4:21–31

    John Calvin says Paul “is not inconsistent with the true and literal meaning; when a comparison was drawn between the Church and the family of Abraham. As the house of Abraham was then a true Church…the principal and most memorable ...Read More

  • The Lord Send Him Out

    Genesis 3:22-24

    Even though Christians have been set free from the bondage to sin and death (Eph. 2:1–7), we still struggle with the desire to flee God’s presence, the feeling that our labor is futile, and contentiousness in our relationships. Until sin’s ...Read More

  • The Messianic Secret

    Matthew 16:13–23

    That Jesus did not act in the precise way that His contemporaries expected only indicates that God is not bound to conform to our false expectations of Him. The only expectations we may rightly have of Him are those defined ...Read More

  • The Word of the Lord to Edom

    Obadiah 1–9

    The conflict between Edom and Judah that continued centuries after Esau and Jacob died reminds us how unsettled arguments can have ramifications that extend far beyond ourselves. When we fight with family members, the negative impact can extend for generations ...Read More

  • Problems in Post-Exilic Judah

    Malachi 2

    Scripture tells us that marrying someone who does not share the beliefs of the covenant community leads to trouble. For example, Solomon’s marriages to pagan women led him astray and gave paganism a foothold in Israel (1 Kings 11:1–8). If ...Read More

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