• Restoration in the North

    Matthew 4:12–17

    The restoration of Israel will be much greater than we could have anticipated. God’s people will include not only those physical sons of Abraham who have faith in Jesus the Messiah but also Gentiles who trust in Him. Both groups ...Read More

  • The Judgment of Heretics

    Galatians 1:6–17

    Paul presupposes in verse 8 that the difference between the two gospels is something obvious that “ordinary” believers should be able to detect. The Protestant Reformers stood with Paul when they judged the traditions of Rome. We are to cling ...Read More

  • An Inconsolable Father

    Genesis 37:29–36

    Though as good as dead, Joseph is alive and will be used to bring life to Egypt and his kin (Gen. 50:20). How much greater, then, is Christ who actually died before rising again to give us life? John Calvin ...Read More

  • Attaining the Resurrection

    Philippians 3:10-11

    We do not know our route to resurrection. Perhaps we will die as martyrs or simply of natural causes, leaving our bodies to rest in the grave until the last day even as our spirits dwell in heaven until then. ...Read More

  • Peter Corrects Jesus

    Mark 8:32b–33

    The greatest theological battles the church has faced have been caused by imprecise language. It makes a difference, for example, whether we are justified by faith or we are justified by faith alone. The deity of Christ hinges on whether ...Read More

  • The Insanity of Luther

    Romans 1:16-17

    Once we begin to understand something of the gravity of our sin and the purity of God’s character, it can be easy for our knowledge of our depravity to paralyze us. This need not be the case, for the good ...Read More

  • Lord of the Sabbath

    Mark 2:28

    Among the other things we learn from today’s passage is that the proper interpretation of the Old Testament belongs to Jesus Himself. If He is the Son of God and incarnate second person of the Trinity, He is the author ...Read More

  • Whatever We Ask

    1 John 3:21–22

    As we spend time in the prayerful study of Scripture, we will know better what pleases God and thus be able to pray more effectively. As we learn Scripture, our prayers should become less self-centered and more in line with ...Read More

  • Repenting of Our Righteousness

    Isaiah 64:6

    Today’s passage reminds us that God does not grade on a curve. We may consider ourselves better than others on a human level when we evaluate ourselves by imperfect human standards of justice, but the Lord evaluates us by His ...Read More

  • Commit to the Lord

    Proverbs 3:5–6; 16:3

    Confess ways that you rely on your own strength instead of God’s. Does your self-dependence extend to other areas—your family, health, salvation? It you are anxious and self-reliant, could the root of the problem be a lack of saving faith ...Read More

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