• Judgment on “the Earth”

    Isaiah 24

    Read Isaiah 24 today. What is your impression of the Lord after you read this pronouncement of judgment? Salvation from God’s wrath can come only through the promise of Christ that He will save those who turn from their sin ...Read More

  • The Forerunner’s Message

    Mark 1:7-8

    The contrast between John’s water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit also points to the fact that water baptism is insufficient if it is merely an outward rite that is not accompanied by true faith. What really matters ...Read More

  • The Ransom Theory

    Mark 10:35–45

    When we enter this world in Adam, we owe God a great debt for breaking His law. We can by no means ever pay this debt, and it is futile even to try to appease our Father by our good ...Read More

  • What Really Counts

    Galatians 5:5–6

    “It is not our doctrine that the faith which justifies is alone; we maintain that it is invariably accompanied by good works; only we contend that faith alone is sufficient for justification” (John Calvin). If works of love are not ...Read More

  • Revelation Incarnate

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    Just because Jesus is the incarnate Word of God does not mean that we need not study Scripture or hold it as supremely authoritative in matters of faith and practice. We learn about and from Christ throughout Scripture, and when ...Read More

  • God’s Jealousy for Zion

    Zechariah 8:1-15

    God has promised to bring full restoration in the new heavens and earth. This is an unconditional promise—it is certain to happen no matter what individual men and women do. Yet this does not mean that all men and women ...Read More

  • Blind Eyes Are Opened

    Matthew 9:27–31

    The close connection of Jesus’ miracles to His work of bearing the sins of His people (Matt. 8:17) has led many commentators to look at His miraculous healings not only as real events but also as metaphors for what happens ...Read More

  • The Jews’ Failure to Keep the Law

    Romans 2:21b–23

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “We are here warned, first, not to flatter ourselves and to despise others, when we have performed only some portions of the law—and, secondly, not to glory in having outward idolatry removed, while we ...Read More

  • God Appears to Jacob

    Genesis 46:1–4

    Matthew Henry wrote: “Whatever low or dark valley we are called into at any time, we may be confident, if God goes down with us into it, that he will surely bring us up again. If he goes with us ...Read More

  • The Privileges of Israel

    Romans 9:4-5

    Throughout the rest of Romans 9-11, Paul will explain that Israel has not been rejected but enlarged so that God’s chosen nation now includes everyone who believes in Christ, Jew and Gentile alike. Thus, if we have faith in Jesus, ...Read More

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