• The Purpose of the Parables

    Matthew 13:12–17

    We should marvel at God’s grace every time we recall that we have trusted Christ alone for our salvation. Before the Lord quickened us, we were dead in sin and had no desire at all to know or serve Him. ...Read More

  • Upholding the Law by Faith

    Romans 3:29–31

    Calvin also writes that after justification “there is sanctification, by which our hearts are prepared to keep the law; it is indeed imperfectly done, but there is an aiming at the work.” Sanctification follows justification, so justification upholds the law ...Read More

  • From Jacob to Israel

    Genesis 32:27–28

    When God sends trials our way, He is not working against us. He also delivers us from the travails He permits (Pss. 18:2; 74; 79; 1 Cor. 10:13). Calvin writes that “inasmuch as he supplies us with more strength to ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Teaching on Oaths

    Matthew 5:33–37

    Jesus’ teaching leads us to conclude that it is better not to make a vow than to swear an oath that we have no intention of keeping. It also reinforces the point that oaths and vows should not be made ...Read More

  • The Meaning of Baptism

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    Whenever we read the Nicene Creed we confess belief in the communion of saints. This means that we become united to every believer who has ever lived whenever we trust in Jesus. The other Christians we know are not merely ...Read More

  • David’s Plea for a Clean Heart

    Psalm 51:10–19

    God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His ...Read More

  • Purposes of the Book of Acts

    Acts 1:1-10

    As you prepare to work through Acts and New Testament history this year, take time today to skim the book of Acts. Page through it, previewing its contents and taking note of the overall movement and direction of the book. ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Jesus’ Ministry

    Mark 1:35-39

    If Jesus, who is the Son of God incarnate, found it so necessary to pray, shouldn’t we also pray? Fellowship with the Lord in prayer is an absolute necessity if we will be sustained in life and ministry over the ...Read More

  • The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

    Genesis 1:1–2

    In the church today, we are seeing a renewed emphasis on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, much of this emphasis is not on His work in creation and redemption to bring order out of chaos. Wherever ...Read More

  • Infant Baptism

    Acts 2:38-39

    Whether or not we baptize infants, 1 Corinthians 7:12–14 reveals that children of believers have a relationship to the Lord that the offspring of non-believers do not share. They are in the visible church where they enjoy hearing the preached ...Read More

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