• A Gentle Defense

    1 Peter 3:13–17

    Are you equipped to be a defender of the faith? Have you studied things such as the historical background of Scripture and the evidence for Christ’s resurrection so that you can answer the critics of our faith? As you answer, ...Read More

  • How Godly Women Dress

    1 Timothy 2:9-10

    Secular therapists often try to boost self-esteem by telling us not to care what other people think. While there is no doubt some truth in this principle, Scripture would never have us be wholly unconcerned with how others view us. ...Read More

  • Genuine Goodness and Love

    Romans 12:9

    Today we see a false understanding of love manifested most commonly in romantic relationships. Many people justify adultery by saying that they no longer love their spouse but love another person. People often justify homosexual relationships by saying, “As long ...Read More

  • Walking by the Spirit

    Galatians 5:16–17

    John Calvin comments, “If we would obey the Spirit, we must labor, and fight, and apply our utmost energy; and we must begin with self-denial.” Walking by the Holy Spirit is the denial of the self and one’s fleshly desires ...Read More

  • With Spirit and Fire

    Matthew 3:11–12

    The purifying work of the Holy Spirit commences in the believer when he first turns to Christ. Sometimes the Spirit works on us in the fire of adversity, through which the Lord promises to take us for His good purposes ...Read More

  • Not by Works of the Law

    Galatians 2:15–16

    We see people doing good things every day — loving their children, caring for elderly parents, giving money to cancer research, and so on. Nevertheless, even the best deeds of sinners are insufficient in God’s sight. Even if unregenerate people ...Read More

  • Fleshly Persecution

    Galatians 4:28–31

    Professing Christians throughout our land are compromising the truth of the gospel to get along with false teachers and others who clearly reject the biblical gospel and the lifestyle it promotes. Martin Luther responds with this sober warning: “Whoso will ...Read More

  • David’s Fallen Booth Restored

    Amos 9:11–15

    All the aforementioned blessings were originally promised to Israel for obedience to God’s law (Deut. 28:1–14). That they would enjoy these blessings in the restoration points to a day when the people would obey the Lord fully. Ultimately, Amos foresaw ...Read More

  • Principle or Custom?

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle ...Read More

  • The Ruler from Bethlehem

    Micah 5:1–5

    The scribes in Matthew 2:1–6 answer Herod with an interpretive gloss that says Bethlehem is not the least of the clans of Judah because of the Messiah. Though many of them would reject Jesus, this interpretive reading implicitly recognizes the ...Read More