• Humility and Exaltation

    Matthew 23:5–12

    Matthew Henry comments, “It is a gracious ambition to covet to be really more holy than others, but it is a proud ambition to covet to appear so. It is good to excel in real piety, but not to exceed ...Read More

  • Victory over Satan

    Luke 10:17–20

    Are you afraid of the Devil? He is a mighty foe, but we have been given the mighty sword of the Word of God that has “divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). We wage war against Satan by ...Read More

  • Loving God by Loving Christ

    Matthew 10:37–39

    Adherents of other religions may do many good deeds in the name of God. They may even think that they are praying to Him when they beseech the Creator. But in doing all these things, they are really committing idolatry. ...Read More

  • Martin Luther, Part 2

    Romans 3:21–22a

    When we trust in Christ alone for our salvation, our sins are imputed to Him as the one who bore the wrath that we deserve. Consequently, by faith alone His righteousness is imputed to us, and we are declared “not ...Read More

  • The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

    Ezekiel 4

    Church leaders are tasked with maintaining the purity of the church in this new covenant age (1 Cor. 5). This is accomplished by the careful practice of church discipline, which must lead finally to excommunication for those who remain impenitent. ...Read More

  • Vessels of Destruction

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all ...Read More

  • Divorce and Adultery

    Matthew 5:31–32

    John Calvin reminds us that “the bond of marriage is too sacred to be dissolved at the will, or rather at the licentious pleasure, of men.” Many issues can drive spouses to despair and contemplate an unbiblical divorce. That is ...Read More

  • Building Relationship

    Song of Solomon 4:1–7

    The importance of paying compliments to our spouses is not to say that there is no place at all for constructive criticism. However, all too often the comments we think that we are offering in love are in reality offered ...Read More

  • Genuine Conversion

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    The way to life is the way of death—death to sin and self. Only if we first die to sin can we be raised to new life and become new creatures in Christ. This happens decisively at conversion, but the ...Read More

  • The Curse of the Law

    Galatians 3:10

    Martin Luther comments on Galatians 2:17 that God’s law “requires perfect obedience unto God, and condemns all those who do not accomplish the same,” and on 3:10 he says that to follow God’s commandments is not to do them “in ...Read More