• The Rewards of Discipleship

    Mark 10:28–30

    Although we should not follow Jesus simply to get earthly or heavenly blessings, Scripture nevertheless holds out rewards as one motivation for obeying Christ. On those days when the cost of discipleship seems not worth paying, let us remember that ...Read More

  • The Necessity of Divine Grace

    Mark 10:26–27

    In one of his expositions of today’s passage, C.H. Spurgeon writes, “It is impossible for man, unaided by the Spirit of God, to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but that which is impossible to man by himself, is made ...Read More

  • The Difficulty of Entering the Kingdom

    Mark 10:23–25

    Wise Christians understand that wealth brings with it certain temptations. The wealthier we are, the more we may be prone to look for security in our riches and not in Christ. Thus, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary ...Read More

  • Overestimating Obedience

    Mark 10:19–22

    As fallen people, we tend to overestimate our faithfulness to the Lord and to rely on our works for our right standing before God. But the gospel—and our consciences—tell us that we cannot do enough or be good enough to ...Read More

  • The Goodness Of God

    Mark 10:17–18

    Many non-Christians are content to see Jesus as a good teacher, but they say more than they know when they call Him good. He is truly and inherently good because He is God incarnate. As we hear others who are ...Read More

  • Receiving the Kingdom Like a Child

    Mark 10:13–16

    Augustus Toplady’s hymn “Rock of Ages” includes this line: “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” These lyrics wonderfully encapsulate Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10:13–16. We come into the kingdom only by admitting that we ...Read More

  • Christ’s Law-Based Ethic

    Matthew 5:21–26

    Christians are ambassadors of Christ, representatives of His sovereign reign over creation. As such, we have a special responsibility to represent our Lord’s actual teaching. The only way we can do that is through careful study of our Savior’s words. ...Read More

  • Situational Ethics

    Exodus 21:28–32

    Sinners justify all manner of ungodly decisions by appealing to what they think love compels them to do. That is a grave error. We are not autonomous creatures who can be laws unto ourselves with respect to figuring out what ...Read More

  • God’s Law in Nature

    Romans 2:14–15

    People try but fail to suppress the voice of natural law on their consciences. Any reminder of that law is anathema to them because they exert such strenuous efforts to silence the voice of conscience. As we call attention to ...Read More

  • Our Ethical Basis

    Judges 21:25

    Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that Christian ethics are theonomic, that is, governed by God’s law. This does not mean the church is called to institute a theocracy in the civil realm. It does mean that no correct ethical decision ...Read More