• Modalistic Monarchianism

    John 17:1–5

    Today’s study describes a heresy known as either modalistic monarchianism or modalism. It is alive and well today in some varieties of Pentecostalism. Analogies that compare God to water (vapor, liquid, and ice) are also essentially modalistic, even though most ...Read More

  • Divine Prophecy

    Genesis 41:33-36

    Some Reformed Christians easily fall prey to fatalistic thinking. We might think that since Jesus said the poor will always be with us (Mark 14:7), it is useless to try to help them. Or, maybe we think that we can ...Read More

  • Signs and Seals

    Romans 4:9–12

    We are creatures with both physical and spiritual components. We understand what happens to us physically when we are washed with water and when we eat, and the sacraments portray spiritual realities to us by way of analogies with our ...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

  • Warring Against the World

    John 7:7

    First Peter 3:15 gives us the prescription for dealing with the world. We are not to be recluses but are to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us. That presupposes that we are in ...Read More

  • The Rapture Question

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    Where is your faith? Is it in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, or is it in a hope that you will be “raptured” out of suffering? Remain confident in Christ’s ultimate triumph, remain willing to take ...Read More

  • The Form of God

    Philippians 2:5–6

    At the very beginning of Paul’s hymn to Christ, we have a powerful assertion of the deity of our Lord and Savior. The Jesus whom we serve is not just another man among men or one great teacher among many ...Read More

  • Mustard Seed and Leaven

    Matthew 13:31–33

    Matthew Henry reminds us that yeast “works silently and insensibly, yet strongly and irresistibly.” The kingdom of God works in a similar fashion. Though Christians often suffer and the darkness looks overwhelming, the kingdom is growing nonetheless. One day it ...Read More

  • The Teaching of Demons

    1 Timothy 4:1-3

    John Calvin also points out that it has been common throughout history for heretics to shun true holiness and offer in its place a substitute to conceal their own wickedness. We are prone as human beings to make God’s standards ...Read More

  • Praying Without Preaching

    Matthew 6:5–8

    We pray “not to inform God or instruct him but to beseech him closely, to be made intimate with him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins” (John Chrysostom, Homilies on the Gospel of ...Read More

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