• The Mosaic Covenant

    Deuteronomy 7:6-8

    By revealing His law to Israel after redeeming the nation from Egypt, our Creator establishes the basic principle of sanctification. Strictly speaking, we do not make ourselves holy. First, God saves us from sin and sets us apart as His ...Read More

  • The Word of God in the Words of Men

    2 Peter 1:21

    John Calvin is known for his statement that God speaks to us in “baby talk,” explaining things to us on our level so that we will know and love Him. God has not told us everything, but what He has ...Read More

  • There Was Strife

    Genesis 13:5–7

    If we are not careful, we can allow the good gifts of the Creator to bring difficulties to our lives. Parents who favor one child over another can provoke envy between siblings and enmity between parent and child. Likewise, when ...Read More

  • A Faultless Covenant

    Hebrews 8:7

    It is tempting to think that old covenant saints found the life of faith much easier to live than we do. However, as we have seen, the days of prophets and kings had only an incomplete and provisional revelation. If ...Read More

  • God’s Promise to Eve

    Genesis 3:14-15

    When the Lord seems slow in acting, we find it extremely difficult not to think that He has somehow forgotten us. However, God is not bound by our timing, and He always answers us when the time is right, not ...Read More

  • Avoiding a Hardened Conscience

    Pray this prayer with the psalmist David: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23–24).Read More

  • Upholding the Truth

    1 Timothy 3:14-15

    John Calvin comments on the supporting function of the church of God: “Is not the Church the mother of all believers? Does she not regenerate them by the word of God, educate and nourish them through their whole life, strengthen, ...Read More

  • Blessed are the Merciful

    Matthew 5:7

    Mercy does not deny that wrong has been done or make light of sin. Instead, mercy is forgiveness and patience extended to someone despite the fact that the person deserves only justice. This is an important principle in a day ...Read More

  • The Beloved Leader

    Genesis 47:23–26

    John Chrysostom explains what will come to lay people who are a special blessing to their pastors. “If anyone renders a service to those afflicted for God’s sake and carrying the dignity of priesthood, he will …[enjoy a reward] many ...Read More

  • Joy and Peace

    Galatians 5:22–23

    John says we should not be surprised that the world hates us (1 John 3:13). Still, we do not have license to give the world rational reasons to oppose us. We can do nothing about the irrational opposition unbelievers may ...Read More

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