• Cain and His Offering

    Genesis 4:3-5

    John Calvin comments on today’s verses, writing that when God sees false worship, “combined with gross and manifest mockery of himself, it is not surprising that he hates it and is unable to bear it.” If we do not give ...Read More

  • The First Family

    Genesis 4:1-2

    Even though the firstborn son had certain legal privileges and responsibilities (Deut. 21:15–17), God commonly does the unexpected in Scripture and chooses the younger over the older (Gen. 25:19–26; Rom. 9:13). Among other things, this tells us we cannot trust ...Read More

  • Yielding Its Fruit

    Revelation 21:1-22:5

    The final destiny God has ordained for all of those in Christ Jesus is not an intangible, spiritual existence, but a resurrected, glorified life in a renewed creation. The earth will not be thrown away but will be restored. As ...Read More

  • Wives and Husbands

    Ephesians 5:22-33

    The husband who uses his authority to run roughshod over his wife’s opinions or feelings is sinning against God. Likewise, the wife who manipulates her husband or undermines him with backbiting gossip is being disobedient to her call. If you ...Read More

  • The Second Adam

    Matthew 4:1-11

    The greatest benefit we receive from Jesus’ victory over sin and death is His perfect righteousness, which gives us access to heaven (2 Cor. 5:21). On a daily level, His victory enables Him to help us overcome the sins that ...Read More

  • The Extent of Our Sin

    John 6:44

    Understanding the extent of our sin should affect the way we conduct our evangelism. We should pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of those with whom we share the Gospel. We should not be surprised when ...Read More

  • The Depth of Our Sin

    Psalm 14:2-3

    We must remember that we “sin because we are sinners” and not that “we are sinners because we sin.” All of us are born with a nature at enmity with God, and every wicked act we perform flows from our ...Read More

  • The Reality of Our Sin

    Habakkuk 1:12-13

    All of us understand that there is something fundamentally wrong with us. Even the best of our deeds often result from the worst of intentions. Wickedness is indeed presently all-pervasive. Yet it will not always be this way. Those who ...Read More

  • The Duality of Man

    Daniel 12:1–2

    The Bible teaches duality — man is composed of body and soul that exist together harmoniously. This is different from dualism — body and soul are opposed to one another. We must be careful to take care of our bodies ...Read More

  • Peace With God

    Romans 5:1–2

    Before we came to know Jesus we were at enmity with God. We sought only to war against Him and to become independent of His sovereign rule. However, once we came to know Christ and to trust in Him alone, ...Read More