• An Object of Derision

    Matthew 27:35–44

    Many of Jesus’ contemporaries refused to accept the Messiah’s shame and curse on the cross, and many in the history of the church have done the same, denying the substitutionary nature of the atonement and the fact that God cursed ...Read More

  • Fulfilling the Law

    Galatians 5:14–15

    Martin Luther says the love that fulfills the Law is “to instruct him who goes astray, to comfort him that is afflicted, to raise up him that is weak, to help your neighbor by all means possible, to bear with ...Read More

  • Overcoming Evil with Good

    Romans 12:21

    Let us note one more time that the high calling to love our enemies cannot be fulfilled in our own power. If we seek to do this through our own efforts, we will fail every time. But if we walk ...Read More

  • Putting Sin to Death

    Colossians 3:5-6

    Understanding that we are already holy in Christ should not be confused with the perfectionism that we often see in other theological traditions. We will not be free from the struggle with sin before we are glorified, but knowing that ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Wisdom Literature

    Proverbs 1:1-7

    James 1:5-8 contains the incredible promise that the Lord will give wisdom to all who sincerely ask Him for it in faith. Ultimately, Christ is our wisdom, and He will never cast out anyone who comes to Him by faith ...Read More

  • God’s Servant for Our Good

    Romans 13:3-4a

    Not until eternity will perfect justice be dispensed on earth. According to His own wise counsel, the Lord has determined that all of the unrighteous will receive their just deserts at the resurrection of the dead. Until then, however, He ...Read More

  • Unprofitable Idols

    Isaiah 44:9–20

    The Creator has indeed revealed His express image in the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, may we look to Him in order to understand who God is. Do you want to understand God’s kindness? Look to Jesus. Do you want to ...Read More

  • Paul’s Fellow Prisoners

    Romans 16:5b-7

    Sometimes we are tempted to believe that we cannot have a significant ministry or influence if we are not ordained to church leadership. Yet that is to look at the kingdom of God in a worldly manner, for while the ...Read More

  • The Need for Atonement

    1 Corinthians 2:1–5

    “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” a masterful hymn by the Puritan Isaac Watts, includes the line: “Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God: all the vain things that charm me most, ...Read More

  • The Good Medicine of Joy

    Proverbs 17:22

    A cheerful heart does not pretend that all is well, and it grieves at the appropriate time (Eccl. 7:2). A cheerful heart responds appropriately to a given situation, all the while possessing a deep and enduring peace that enables one ...Read More

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