• Rewards for Discipleship

    Matthew 19:27–30

    Any reward that God gives us is by His grace, for He is the one who prepares good works for us and enables us to do them (Eph. 2:8–10). Because it is all by His grace, we should never arrogantly ...Read More

  • The Rewards of Discipleship

    Mark 10:28–30

    Although we should not follow Jesus simply to get earthly or heavenly blessings, Scripture nevertheless holds out rewards as one motivation for obeying Christ. On those days when the cost of discipleship seems not worth paying, let us remember that ...Read More

  • Riches for the World

    Romans 11:11-12

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “The nation had not fallen [so far], so that he who is a Jew must necessarily perish or be alienated from God.” Though the Israel according to the flesh has been resistant to believing ...Read More

  • The Riches of God’s Mystery

    Colossians 1:27

    It is all too easy for us to think of other people as lesser Christians than we are because of the way they dress, what they eat and drink, how knowledgeable they are about the finer points of theological arguments, ...Read More

  • The Riches of Redemption

    Ephesians 1:7

    John Chrysostom remarks, “It is astonishing that he gave the Beloved for those who hated him… . If even when we hated him and were enemies he gave the Beloved, what will he not do for us now?” (Ancient Christian ...Read More

  • A Rich Man Buries a Poor Man

    Matthew 27:57–61

    Besides Joseph of Arimathea’s faithfulness in our Lord’s burial, note that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph are also present when Jesus is laid to rest (Matt. 27:56, 61). Matthew Henry writes, “True love for Christ ...Read More

  • The Richness of God’s Mercy

    Ephesians 2:4-7

    As the sovereign, independent Creator, God is not obligated to save anyone, to show goodness and mercy toward sinners who deserve only condemnation. Since we are not autonomous but are governed by God’s law, however, He can demand that we ...Read More

  • Rich Oppressors

    James 5:1–6

    Most wealthy Christians would probably not be guilty of withholding pay from their employees. However, there are many other ways in which wealth can be misused. For example, it is possible to sin by living to the full extent of ...Read More

  • The Rich Person’s True Hope

    1 Timothy 6:17-19

    The temptation to trust in our savings accounts affects us all, whether or not we would be considered rich by society’s measure. We must be good stewards of what God has given to us, and part of this involves realizing ...Read More

  • The Rich Young Ruler

    Mark 10:17–22

    Not all of us will be asked to sell everything that we have, but all of us are commanded to set aside any idol that may be present in our lives. We must all give up relying on our own ...Read More