• Law and Gospel

    Romans 3:21-31

    Our relativistic age does not like to hear that there is an eternal, unchangeable law that convicts all people. But the central message of the gospel is that we have broken this law and need to be reconciled to God, ...Read More

  • Who is Israel?

    Romans 11:7-10

    All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16-17), and that means there is nothing insignificant in the Bible. Every word was carefully chosen by the Apostles and prophets, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so we must put in the ...Read More

  • Final Greetings for Philemon

    Philemon 23-25

    We who profess the name of Christ must follow Him even when He gives rules we do not like. People who are tempted to commit homosexual acts may not like the call to turn from these deeds, but if they ...Read More

  • Changed by Christ

    Romans 6:3-4

    Have you ever fallen into a period of sin and rebellion since your Christian life began? What happened? In all likelihood, your enjoyment of the sin swiftly waned, godly brothers called you to repentance, or the Holy Spirit convicted you. ...Read More

  • Receiving the Word

    Galatians 4:12–14

    In our celebrity-oriented culture, it is easy to seek out pastors for their good looks, speaking styles, success in building large congregations, or other such factors. Scripture, however, commends for the pastorate those men who are faithful to the Word ...Read More

  • Refusing to Learn

    Isaiah 28:1–15

    The prophet mocks the Jews by saying they had to learn like children, precept upon precept and little by little. This was not a compliment. While you are to have the humble heart of a child, you are not always ...Read More

  • Learning God’s Lessons

    Ezekiel 6

    The returned exiles, by and large, got rid of all overt idolatry in Canaan when they came back from Babylon. However, the later prophets and the New Testament show us that they did not go far enough, and groups such ...Read More

  • The Expansion of the Church

    Acts 2:47b

    The fact that even the Apostles faced heresy in the church cautions us against viewing any past era of church history as a “golden age.” There have been high points to be sure, but Christians are not exempt from sin, ...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

  • Faith and Acting Against Conscience

    Romans 14:23

    John Calvin comments, “Every work, however splendid and excellent in appearance, is counted as sin, except it be founded on a right conscience; for God regards not the outward display, but the inward obedience of the heart.” If we are ...Read More

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