• For His Good Pleasure

    Ephesians 1:11

    Sometimes the misunderstandings that people have about different theological topics are not really their own fault; rather, the church has not been clear enough in its teaching. No doubt, many think that Calvinism presents us with an arbitrary God because ...Read More

  • Justice and Mercy

    Romans 9:14–18

    Ultimately, in the case of the one to whom God shows mercy, justice is still done. The elect are as worthy of condemnation as the reprobate, but Christ bore the condemnation of the elect in their place (2 Cor. 5:21). ...Read More

  • Predestination and Foreknowledge

    Romans 8:28–30

    We mentioned in an earlier study that only the Calvinistic (Augustinian) view of predestination makes salvation due entirely to the grace of God. The Lord does not make His decision based on our decision; rather, we choose to believe based ...Read More

  • The Inevitable Question

    Ephesians 1:3–14

    The Reformed tradition has maintained the importance of the doctrine of predestination, but it has also cautioned us to speak about this matter with great care. People are apt to mischaracterize the doctrine of predestination, and even professed Calvinists often ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Established Purpose

    Proverbs 19:21

    Matthew Henry also writes, “What comfort does this speak to all God’s people, that all God’s purposes, which we are sure are right and good, shall be accomplished in due time!” The Lord will surely accomplish His will, and this ...Read More

  • Waiting for Justice

    Psalm 137

    John Calvin comments on Psalm 137:9 that “it may seem to savor of cruelty … but [the psalmist] does not speak under the impulse of personal feeling, and only employs words which God had himself authorized, so that this is ...Read More

  • The Worth of a Good Name

    Ecclesiastes 7:1

    Many people who have a good reputation do not deserve it, for they live as impenitent hypocrites. Our remaining sin means that we will never fully live up to the good opinions others may have of us, but that does ...Read More

  • Unequal Weights and False Scales

    Proverbs 20:23

    As the God who is truth Himself, it should be no surprise that one of God’s utmost concerns is with the truthfulness of all of our interactions with others. Christians are to be people who are scrupulously concerned with the ...Read More

  • An Unsatisfied Appetite

    Ecclesiastes 6:7–9

    Those who live in societies that are characterized by great wealth and abundance must take special care not to make gods out of their appetites. There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but if we think those nice things ...Read More

  • God’s Choice of Judah

    Psalm 78:67–72

    Our great God ushered in His kingdom not with a show of force but through the humble Jesus, the Lamb of God who laid down His life to save His people from their sins. This Jesus is the only leader ...Read More