• 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

  • Seeing God

    Read and compare the visions of God seen by Isaiah (Isa. 6:1–5) and John (Rev. 1).Read More

  • No One Is Righteous

    Romans 3:10–11

    Martin Luther comments on Romans 3:11, “This statement pertains both to those who manifestly do not seek God as well as to those who seek Him or rather think they are seeking Him, because they do not seek Him in ...Read More

  • We Have an Altar

    Hebrews 13:10–11

    When we feed at the altar of Christ we are supplied with the grace and strength that we need to persevere in the race of faith. By His Word and presence, He guarantees and completes our salvation. Today, take some ...Read More

  • Blessed by the Superior

    Hebrews 7:7–8

    Hebrews 7 can say that Melchizedek lives because Moses never tells us how he dies. The point is not that Melchizedek never died but that what we see in the narrative resembles Christ who truly lives yesterday, today, and forever. ...Read More

  • Countless Examples

    Hebrews 11:32–34

    Are you disheartened because your faith seems so weak and imperfect at times? If so, then take heart because no man of God besides Jesus Christ has ever had perfect faith. Go to the Lord in prayer confessing your need ...Read More

  • Blasphemous Judgments

    Jude 8–10

    Christians today often substitute other authorities for the authority of the Bible. Many in the Pentecostal movement base their doctrines more on visionary experiences than on the Word of God. Even among Reformed believers, there can be a tendency to ...Read More

  • The Good News of the Gospel

    Luke 4:43

    In our next study, we will explore more aspects of the gospel that are developed in the New Testament. For now, let us note that the Old Testament background of the gospel means that the good news was not unknown ...Read More

  • The Latter Glory of the Lord’s House

    Haggai 1:12-2:9

    In one form or another, God’s people will suffer under the exilic conditions of pain and difficulty until Christ returns. The exile of the Jews from the Promised Land is ultimately a picture of the exile of all humanity from ...Read More

  • Joy and Judgment

    Ecclesiastes 11:9–10

    The media often depicts Christians as joyless, judgmental individuals who avoid pleasure at all cost. We know that this is a gross caricature, especially in light of the Bible’s teaching that we are to rejoice in what God has given. ...Read More

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