• 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

  • En Route to Rome

    Romans 15:22-24

    As long as our intentions and plans are for godly ends, it is right and perfectly wise to look ahead and chart out an anticipated course of action. However, we must always remember that we are not in final control ...Read More

  • The Third Commandment

    Exodus 20:7

    The third commandment involves more than just using God’s name as if it were a swear word. It goes much deeper, to our very attitude in worship, to our worshiping sincerely and truthfully. Examine your life for the ways that ...Read More

  • Basic Literary Forms I

    Joshua 10:13a

    Modern science and mathematics enable us to speak with great precision at times. Truth, however, does not always demand the kind of precision that we find in modern science. Remember that the approximations, estimates, and other uses of language we ...Read More

  • The Lord, Our Shepherd

    Psalm 23

    In Psalm 8, David asks the Lord why He is so mindful of human beings, creatures who can seem so insignificant in comparison to the grandeur of the rest of creation. We should never fail to marvel that the self-existent ...Read More

  • Zerubbabel, the Lord’s Signet Ring

    Haggai 2:10-23

    God’s promise to exalt Zerubbabel, that is, one of Zerubbabel’s sons, is fulfilled in Christ Jesus, who is David’s descendant through Zerubbabel (Matt. 1:1–17; Luke 3:23–38). Christ has been exalted to the right hand of God the Father Almighty, fulfilling ...Read More

  • Abraham Went Out

    Hebrews 11:8–10

    Jesus is our ultimate example of one who lived as a stranger in the Promised Land. By dwelling (or, “tabernacling”) among us (John 1:14), He became the ultimate example of the one who lived in tents in the land that ...Read More

  • Draw Near in Confidence

    Hebrews 4:16

    God’s holiness should indeed cause those who do not know Christ to run far away from Him. Those who know Christ, however, must remember Calvin’s assertion that “when Christ receives us under His protection and patronage, He covers with His ...Read More

  • The Expansion of the Church

    Acts 2:47b

    The fact that even the Apostles faced heresy in the church cautions us against viewing any past era of church history as a “golden age.” There have been high points to be sure, but Christians are not exempt from sin, ...Read More

  • Ignorant and Vain Discussion

    1 Timothy 1:6-7

    Matthew Henry says, “Mere talk, especially in religion, is meaningless, and yet many people’s religion consists of little else but meaningless talk.” Is your practice of the Christian religion tied up in endless talk on peripheral matters, or is it ...Read More

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