• Church Authority

    Matthew 18:18–20

    The church’s ability to liberate people, says John Calvin, is not limited to the restoration of disciplined members to full participation in the congregation. Such liberation is also discharged when elders, according to Scripture, assure repentant people of pardon after ...Read More

  • The Justice of God’s Choice

    Romans 5:15–17

    We must take our standards for justice from what God says and not from our own arbitrary opinions. If God says something is just, it is just. Of course, the Lord is not arbitrary about this. Justice is grounded in ...Read More

  • Purging Iniquity

    Zechariah 5

    Ultimately, the impenitent are confirmed in sin forever—they continue to experience its degrading and destructive effects in hell and feel the fury of God’s wrath. We should not think that the sinners in hell want to be anywhere else. They ...Read More

  • The Certainty of Judgment

    2 Peter 3:8-10

    It is important that we not manipulate people’s emotions in our churches or when we are sharing the gospel out in the world. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we should not have an urgency in our preaching. The end ...Read More

  • Loving God by Loving Christ

    Matthew 10:37–39

    Adherents of other religions may do many good deeds in the name of God. They may even think that they are praying to Him when they beseech the Creator. But in doing all these things, they are really committing idolatry. ...Read More

  • On That Day

    Luke 10:1–12

    The first of Martin Luther’s 95 theses reads: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Christ’s application of the destruction of Sodom reminds us to ...Read More

  • Eternal Punishment

    Revelation 20

    Many people believe the doctrine of eternal conscious punishment is incompatible with God’s love. However, Jesus Christ—the fullest manifestation of God’s love—spoke more about hell than anyone else. In fact, hell is the inevitable result of God’s love for His ...Read More

  • Learning Christ

    Ephesians 4:20-22

    John Calvin writes, “He whose life differs not from that of unbelievers, has learned nothing of Christ; for the knowledge of Christ cannot be separated from the mortification of the flesh.” Scripture never asserts that sinless perfection is attainable before ...Read More

  • Deacons

    Matthew 25:31–46

    Are you serving others in the church and in the world as God commands? Take some time to look at the priorities in your life and see whether you are serving others as God would have you do. Then, go ...Read More

  • The Glorious Ones

    2 Peter 2:10b–11

    That Peter calls demons “glorious ones” does not suggest they have some goodness left in them. Rather, it warns us of the power and might they still possess even though they are fallen. Though we must not fear evil if ...Read More

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