• 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

  • Looking for God’s Will

    1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

    If we are fretting about God’s will for us in a particular situation and one of the options available is ungodly, we may fret no longer. We are never allowed to disobey our Creator’s revealed standards, and if one of ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is ...Read More

  • The Temperament of the Heart

    Ephesians 4:31

    Putting sins of the tongue to death requires more than just the cessation of slander, as important as that is. More fundamentally, there needs to be a mortification of the ungodly anger and malice that so easily well up within ...Read More

  • The Prayer Life of Jesus

    Mark 6:45–46

    Jesus is more than a model of faithfulness to God, but He is certainly not less than that. Thus, we learn from Him that when we are faced with temptation and need sustenance in life and ministry, we must turn ...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

  • Before the Face of God

    Psalm 24

    We can do nothing to merit eternal life, but it does not follow that we can do nothing to experience more of God’s favor once we have been ingrafted into the body of Christ through faith alone. Obedience to the ...Read More

  • The Exaltation of Christ

    Philippians 2:9–11

    If Jesus’ path to glory involves humbling Himself for the sake of His people, then one of the greatest ways we can bring Him glory is to remind the world of the clearest evidence of His humiliation — His death ...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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