• God Swore an Oath

    Hebrews 6:17

    The promise to Abraham contains an inheritance in a better country, faithful descendants, and salvation. God confirmed that these would all be granted when He swore an oath to Abraham. Thank God for His love that motivated His swearing of ...Read More

  • Dealing with Guilt

    Romans 1:18-22

    To ask “What do we do with our guilt?” is to ask “How can we live with ourselves?” Few unbelievers want to know the truth about humanity; they prefer to live a lie than address their guilt head-on. Our task ...Read More

  • They Went Out From Us

    1 John 2:18–19

    Though verse 19 refers to the false teachers who left John’s audience, all those who permanently abandon the biblical Christ exhibit solidarity with false teaching and thus display that they also never had true faith. True believers will not fall ...Read More

  • With God on the Mountain

    Exodus 24:1–11

    Worship, especially the Lord’s Supper, is always an occasion for covenant renewal. John Calvin writes that “the covenant, which he once sanctioned by his blood he in a manner renews, or continues, in so far as regards the confirmation of ...Read More

  • Slow and Steady Growth

    Mark 4:26–29

    In various ways, the church is tempted to bring about the growth of the kingdom of God. Many will try to make the gospel less offensive or will try to use methods of growing the kingdom other than the ordinary ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Spirit

    Acts 11

    Orthodoxy does not deny that many people have had wonderful reviving experiences in their lives. What orthodoxy denies is that these reviving experiences are to be identified with the baptisms of the Spirit recorded in Acts. The Spirit baptizes every ...Read More

  • God’s Furious Anger

    Psalm 7:11–13

    As Christians, we are privileged to be under the eternal mercy and grace of God, not His wrath. Like those who never repent, we do not deserve to escape His wrath, for we have nothing in ourselves to make us ...Read More

  • The Trap of Vain Glory

    Proverbs 17:19; 25:6, 7, 27

    Read Philippians 2:1–11 and Galatians 5:13–26. Have you pursued earthly success in order to fulfill your ambition? If so, consider giving up those positions or pursuits in obedience to God. In what other ways do you seek to exalt yourself? ...Read More

  • The Basics of Ethics

    Judges 2:11; 21:25

    Many Christians think that there is no law in the new covenant. Yet lawlessness is precisely that which characterizes condemned people (Matt. 7:23). In Christ we have been enabled to obey God and to fulfill His law (Rom. 8:1–8). When ...Read More

  • Christ’s Resurrection and Ours

    1 Corinthians 15:20–23

    John Calvin writes, “As … Adam did not die for himself alone, but for us all, it follows, that Christ in like manner, who is the antitype, did not rise for himself alone; for he came, that he might restore ...Read More

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