• The Necessity of Grace

    Matthew 1:21

    The Islamic idea of salvation is not all that different from most other religions. In Eastern thought, a person is reincarnated into a higher social status if his good deeds outweigh his bad. In popular movies and cartoons, it is ...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

  • New Covenant Mediator

    Hebrews 9:15

    Jesus has come to be our Mediator, to bear our punishment for sin, and to guarantee our salvation. But this salvation from sin is only part of our inheritance. In His abundant grace, God has made us inheritors of the ...Read More

  • Covenant of Redemption

    John 6:37

    The covenant of redemption is one of the greatest examples of God’s grace that we have. The Father, Son, and Spirit did not have to pledge to each other that they would bring to us salvation. But when they did, ...Read More

  • God the Holy Spirit

    Genesis 1:1–2

    We do not totally understand what it means for the Father to be unbegotten, the Son to be begotten, and the Spirit to proceed. As Augustine once said, we use these terms not because we can define them fully but ...Read More

  • God’s Sign to Abraham

    Genesis 15:7-21

    God gave Abraham a tangible sign of His faithfulness through the covenant-making ceremony recorded in Genesis 15. He gives His church tangible signs of faithfulness as well. Baptism tells us that our sins are washed away when we believe on ...Read More

  • Proper, Edifying Talk

    Ephesians 4:29

    Words spoken to us at just the right time stay with us for the rest of our lives, as do words of malice. If the words of others have this impact on us, then we can be sure that what ...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

  • Slavery to Sin and Its Fruit

    Romans 6:20-21

    If there is anything we learn from today’s passage and the whole of Romans 6:15–23, it is that Scripture knows nothing of an autonomous existence in which we have no master to serve. We are made to be servants, and ...Read More

  • The Faithfulness of God

    Romans 3:3–4

    The notion that the Lord must judge sin in order to be faithful is developed in more detail at the end of Romans 3. Paul cites Psalm 51 in today’s passage because in this prayer of confession, David points out ...Read More

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