• The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is ...Read More

  • Preparing to See the King

    Genesis 46:31–34

    It is sometimes difficult to discern how to live in the world but not of the world. But surely we are living too much according to the world’s standards if we never encounter any opposition to the Gospel. Do you ...Read More

  • Montanism

    Ephesians 4:4–6

    Even today there is a tendency to distinguish between different kinds of believers in some corners of the church. We hear of “Spirit-filled” and “non-Spirit-filled” Christians. Some also make a distinction between “carnal” and “spiritual” believers. But all those who ...Read More

  • Money and Satisfaction

    Ecclesiastes 5:10–12

    Money cannot finally satisfy those who love it because it represents that which is created, and that which is created cannot fully satisfy human beings, for we have been created to enjoy the infinite God. Nevertheless, money plays an important ...Read More

  • A Mystery Now Revealed

    Colossians 1:25-26

    Throughout history, there have been many groups and individuals who have claimed that God has revealed truths only to them and that only they can understand the will of the Lord. The true God, however, has revealed Himself in His ...Read More

  • The Covenant Law

    Exodus 20:1–17

    God’s law serves His plan of salvation by reminding us of sin, pointing us to Christ, and showing us the kind of life that saved people should live. We need all of those things in order to experience the fullness ...Read More

  • The Everlasting King

    Psalm 145

    Because God’s kingdom is everlasting, we can be confident that He will overcome all of His and our enemies. No foe can outlast Him, and nothing will ever cause His throne to fall. We should therefore be unafraid that our ...Read More

  • The Marks of the Church

    1 Corinthians 11:17–34

    First Corinthians 11:17–34 gives us the marks of the church specifically and through good and necessary deduction. The whole passage concerns the Lord’s Supper, a reference to the sacraments. Paul also gives the words of institution, a reference to the ...Read More

  • The Shepherd Rescues His Sheep

    Ezekiel 34:1–24

    Today’s passages contains hints of the incarnation in its description of the Lord as the shepherd of Israel and its description of David as shepherd of Israel (Ezek. 34:15, 23). Our Creator was revealing that He and David—the chosen Messiah ...Read More

  • In the Midst of Suffering

    James 5:1–12

    Look back over the book of James. Notice how he weaves together the themes of suffering and the tongue. Observe how he brings them together. Consider carefully what this means and what changes you should make in your life. Recommit ...Read More

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