• The Heavenly Mount Zion

    Revelation 21

    We must always read the Old Testament in light of the new covenant revelation in Christ Jesus, the final Word of God to His people (Heb. 1:1–4). The nations have begun to go up to the temple of the Lord ...Read More

  • The Priestly Branch on the Throne

    Zechariah 6:9-15

    John Calvin writes that today’s passage must refer to “the building of the spiritual temple, when Gentiles, formerly remote from God’s people, joined them as friends, and brought their labor to the work of building the temple, not with stones ...Read More

  • Living Sacrifices

    Romans 12:1

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “we are redeemed by the Lord for this end—that we may consecrate to him ourselves and all our members.” We are not our own, but we are bought with the price of Christ’s ...Read More

  • If the Lord Wills

    James 4:13–16

    The call to recognize God’s sovereign will over the future is incumbent upon the rich and poor alike. And though the statement “Lord willing” is not a magic phrase conveying absolute trust in God, it is often true that when ...Read More

  • Abraham Rebuked

    Genesis 20:8–13

    John Calvin astutely comments on what this passage tells us about our need to pray for our leaders. Because the sin of the king can also be easily imitated by the people, we must therefore earnestly “beseech God to govern, ...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

  • Deadly Poison

    James 3:1–12

    On Pentecost, God gave His own tongues of fire to set the world aflame as a holy sacrifice to Him. When James criticizes our tongues as evil fires, he implies that we have made ourselves gods. Take a careful look ...Read More

  • The Judgment of Jerusalem

    Matthew 24:29–31

    Today’s passage reminds us of our need to read each biblical passage according to the type of literature it happens to be. For example, passages that are apocalyptic (symbolic depictions of God’s wrath and vindication) cannot be read as if ...Read More

  • The Fourth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:12–15

    In one sense, all of life is worship (1 Cor. 10:31). At the same time, however, it is fitting that we set aside time to gather with God’s people to remember His salvation and to thank Him for His deliverance. ...Read More

  • Entrust Your Soul

    1 Peter 4:18–19

    Today’s passage, which also says that the righteous are scarcely saved, does not warn us that salvation can be lost. Rather, as John Calvin says, it tells us that no one enters the kingdom without experiencing hardship. Even in our ...Read More

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