• The Spirit’s Internal Witness

    Romans 8:16-17

    More than once we have referred to the reality of the “already/not yet” situation in which Christians find themselves. Already we are children of God and heirs, but our possession of the full inheritance is not yet. Our present possession ...Read More

  • The Touch of the Lord

    Genesis 32:25–26

    Augustine reminds us that “the touch of the Lord is the hand of the Lord, chastising and giving life” (Works of St. Augustine, 31:223). Too many Christians today run after the abundant, life-giving touch of God without being willing to ...Read More

  • Slaves to Righteousness

    Romans 6:16-19

    In his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul discusses the relationship between justification and sanctification: “We are not going to make it on the basis of our righteousness, but only on the basis of faith. If the faith is genuine, ...Read More

  • The Golden Chain of Salvation

    Romans 8:29-30

    Augustine of Hippo comments on today’s passage that “God elected believers in order that they might believe, not because they already believed.” God’s choice of us precedes in every sense our choice of Him. If the Lord had not chosen ...Read More

  • Seek the Lord’s Will First

    Isaiah 30:1–7

    When you have a problem, do you seek God in prayer and read His Word first, or do you run to a friend or magazine (even Christian ones)? While there is nothing wrong with going to friends for advice, the ...Read More

  • An Example to Be Followed

    1 Timothy 3:2-3

    As we consider the qualifications for the offices of elder and deacon over the next few days, note that what the church is to look for is the quality of life since the candidate has professed faith. A man married ...Read More

  • Abraham Rebuked

    Genesis 20:8–13

    John Calvin astutely comments on what this passage tells us about our need to pray for our leaders. Because the sin of the king can also be easily imitated by the people, we must therefore earnestly “beseech God to govern, ...Read More

  • By Means of These

    2 Peter 3:5–6

    The false teachers’ denial of the possibility of God’s intervention in the world during Peter’s day is not so different from those today whose naturalistic assumptions deny God’s existence. Many in academia simply wave away any evidence of God’s intervention ...Read More

  • Husbands, Wives, and Children

    Colossians 3:18-21

    Paul expands on male and female roles in Ephesians, and our study of that book in a few months will look at this topic in more detail. Today, note that submission need not mean some household chores belong exclusively to ...Read More

  • The Believer’s Struggle

    Romans 7:14-17

    John Murray, in his commentary on Romans, writes that “the more sanctified [a Christian] becomes the more painful to him must be the presence in himself of that which contradicts the perfect standard of holiness.” Though the power of sin ...Read More

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