• Be Not Surprised

    1 John 3:12–13

    Biologically speaking, Cain and Abel were from the same family. However, they did not share the same spiritual heritage. Though we might think they were brothers, in an ultimate and eternal sense they were not. The church can also be ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Redemption

    John 6:37

    Any doubt we have regarding the security of our salvation is immediately assuaged when we realize that our redemption is grounded in a covenant made among the persons of the Trinity. He cannot lie or break His pact, so we ...Read More

  • Esther

    Esther 4

    For the most part, God’s hand of providence remains hidden, and we do not know how things will turn out for us before they actually occur. At times we must trust the Lord and do the right thing even if ...Read More

  • Jacob Deceives Isaac

    Genesis 27:14–25

    In line with His promise in Romans 8:28, God worked through Jacob’s sin for the final good of His plan. Though Jacob grasped at spiritual benefits through unspiritual means, thereby getting himself into trouble, the Lord was pleased to allow ...Read More

  • Entrust Your Soul

    1 Peter 4:18–19

    Today’s passage, which also says that the righteous are scarcely saved, does not warn us that salvation can be lost. Rather, as John Calvin says, it tells us that no one enters the kingdom without experiencing hardship. Even in our ...Read More

  • The Grounding of Hope

    Colossians 1:3-5a

    The apostles often refer to Christian hope in the New Testament, and it is easy for us to read our modern understanding of the term into Scripture, believing that Christian hope lacks certainty. But our hope as Christians does not ...Read More

  • The False Prophet

    Deuteronomy 13:1–5

    False prophets exist in our day insofar as there are many men and women who are claiming to speak for God and yet teach aberrant doctrine. While we must not be contentious over minor matters, we should never be afraid ...Read More

  • Particular Atonement

    John 10:7–18

    Christ’s death truly and eternally secured our redemption. We do not experience the blessing of the atonement because we have faith; rather, we have faith because Jesus actually atoned for our sins and sent His Spirit to give us the ...Read More

  • The Last Days

    Matthew 13:24–30

    Presently, there is much fervor over the “last days,” and many people declare that we are living in the last days for the first time in world history. However, while the return of Christ is most certainly closer to us ...Read More

  • A Christology of Feeling

    1 John 1:1–4

    Hegel, himself no friend of biblical Christianity, criticized Schleiermacher, saying that if the essence of religion was the feeling of absolute dependence, then the dog, being absolutely dependent upon people, is the most divine creature of all. Many people feel ...Read More

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