• Retaliation and the Kingdom

    Matthew 5:38–42

    The last point of Matthew Henry’s quote is important since there are times when seeking reparation may in fact be the best way to love our neighbor and keep him from sinning further. Such occasions, however, will be few and ...Read More

  • True Repentance

    Matthew 4:12-22

    Renouncing is a great word although seldom used. It connotes a definite, intentional, and emphatic denial of a former belief or pattern of action. We are called to renounce our sin in favor of a more virtuous God-fearing life. Consider ...Read More

  • The Restoration Stumbles

    Haggai 2:20–23

    God’s promise to restore the vice-regency in His kingdom to human beings is fulfilled finally in Jesus Christ, the holy Son of David who graciously allows His people to share in His reign over the world (2 Tim. 2:11–13). As ...Read More

  • You Shall Not Eat

    Genesis 2:15-17

    Many people view labor as punishment — or something to be done only to earn a paycheck. While it is true that certain aspects of our work are cursed, labor nonetheless remains a gift from God. Thus we are to ...Read More

  • The Spirit’s Internal Witness

    Romans 8:16-17

    More than once we have referred to the reality of the “already/not yet” situation in which Christians find themselves. Already we are children of God and heirs, but our possession of the full inheritance is not yet. Our present possession ...Read More

  • True and Counterfeit Glory

    James 2:1–13

    Clothes make the man,” the saying goes. We behave better and feel more serious when we dress up. Do we dress up to go to banquets with mere men but not to attend the Lord’s Supper? Do we dress ...Read More

  • The Door of the Sheep

    John 10:1-10

    There are many today who want to put more than one door on God’s sheepfold, usually by believing in the possibility of salvation for those who do not put their trust in Jesus alone (but who are sincere in their ...Read More

  • Thinking of Home

    John 14:1–3

    “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). The blessings the Lord has for us when He returns are far greater than anything ...Read More

  • Out From the Ark

    Genesis 8:13–17

    Some might argue Noah helped save himself by building the ark. Note however, it was the Lord who graciously gave Him the blueprints for it (Gen. 6:15–16). Moreover, it was not his work that justified him but rather his faith ...Read More

  • The Word of the Lord through Micah

    Micah 1

    Scripture is clear that all sin begins with false worship (Rom. 1:18–32). Therefore, recognizing the idols and false worship behind our other sins advances our sanctification. At root, all sin manifests a desire to get what we want apart from ...Read More

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