• The Restrainer

    2 Thessalonians 2:1–12

    Knowing the identity of the restrainer mentioned in today’s passage would indeed be a good thing for our understanding of this text. However, whether or not we are ever clear of the identity of this restrainer, the important point of ...Read More

  • The Call for Repentance

    Joel 2:12–27

    True repentance is confidently grounded in what God says about Himself in His Word, but it expresses itself in humility toward Him. We come before our Creator with confidence that He is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 ...Read More

  • The Dramatic Arts

    Proverbs 2:1–15

    The neopaganism promoted in today’s movies and television causes many believers to avoid these mediums altogether. While we must be careful about what we view, even drama can glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Ezekiel, for example, acted out the impending ...Read More

  • No One Who Abides

    1 John 3:4–6

    We do well to remember Martin Luther’s insistence that at the same time we are justified, we are also sinners. Until we are glorified, we will struggle with sin. However, we must not let this knowledge make us think we ...Read More

  • The Golden Rule

    Matthew 7:12

    John Calvin says, “All the precepts [of the Mosaic law]…have a reference to [the Golden Rule].” Even the Old Testament laws that deal more directly with God teach us to love our neighbor. The law against idolatry, for example, enjoins ...Read More

  • The Door of the Sheep

    John 10:1–10

    The pluralistic society we find ourselves in has no problem with God as long as there are many ways of accessing Him. It can be quite intimidating to proclaim that Jesus is the only way to the Father in this ...Read More

  • The Nations Cling to the Jews

    Zechariah 8:16-23

    Only Christ can keep God’s covenant perfectly, which is why His righteousness is the only thing that avails for our justification, for being declared righteous in God’s sight. Having justified us, the Lord expects obedience out of gratitude for His ...Read More

  • The Atonement

    Mark 15:21–39

    One of the reasons Islam is able to gain a hearing is because of humanity’s natural tendency toward self-sufficiency. We think that we are able to pay our debt and to do what needs to be done to save ourselves. ...Read More

  • God Appointed Christ

    Hebrews 5:5–6

    God the Son willingly submitted to God the Father in order to achieve our redemption. Though we will never have to do the work of the Son, we are often called to submit to those within the church, the family, ...Read More

  • Laban Surrenders

    Genesis 31:43-50

    Matthew Henry comments on verse 49: “When we are out of one another’s sight, let this be a restraint upon us, that wherever we are we are under God’s eye.” We may not be guilty of Laban’s sins, but we ...Read More

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