• Turning Adversity to Good

    Luke 11:5–13

    When the catechism says that God gives His Spirit only to those who ask, it is not speaking of God’s blessing of the Holy Spirit in our regeneration, which is His work alone. Rather, the confession is speaking of subsequent ...Read More

  • Why Do God’s People Pray?

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean that we become thrilled with the prospect of pain. Instead, it means thanking the Lord for how He uses our greatest joys and deepest hurts to make us more like Jesus. Regular ...Read More

  • God’s Gift of Faith

    Ephesians 2:8

    If we believe that we are capable of working up faith in our souls, we cannot boast in Christ alone. But if we understand that we have faith only because of the work of the Holy Spirit, then we can ...Read More

  • Providence and Gratitude

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of ...Read More

  • Surprised by Suffering

    Genesis 50:15–21

    At the outset of our look at suffering, we must realize that Scripture does not give us all the reasons for our pain in this life. In fact, we may never understand why we suffer the way we do on ...Read More

  • Gifts from the Ascended Christ

    Ephesians 4:8-10

    Christ’s ascension to the right hand of God the Father demonstrates His sovereign authority to distribute good gifts to us as He wills. Because He has conquered death and hell, Jesus can give what is best to each of us, ...Read More

  • Bowing the Knee

    Ephesians 3:14-15

    God was rarely referred to as “Father” under the old covenant, so we should be glad to live in the new covenant era when the fatherhood of God is made plain to everyone in Christ. Still, when we approach our ...Read More

  • Confidence and Boldness in Christ

    Ephesians 3:11-12

    The gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ Jesus alone is indeed good news because it assures us that God never rejects those who approach Him through His Son. He will forgive any sin, no matter how ...Read More

  • Grace for Ministry

    Ephesians 3:7

    Saul’s conversion and transformation into the apostle Paul may be a particularly dramatic example of God’s irresistible grace, but we should never think that we were closer to the kingdom than Saul before our own conversions. The irresistible grace of ...Read More

  • The Fullness of Christ

    Ephesians 1:22-23

    Because the faithful church bows to Christ willingly today, it receives special graces and gifts not found in the outside world. Churches faithful to God’s revealed Word enjoy the blessings of discipline, growth in servant-like love for others, the tangible ...Read More

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