• Saved Through Christ Alone

    John 3:36

    Paul, the great Apostle of justification by faith alone, commends the “obedience of faith” (Rom. 1:5) not because faith is a meritorious work that earns salvation but because to trust in Jesus alone is to follow His command. In obeying ...Read More

  • The Sin Offering

    Leviticus 4:1–5:13

    That an intentional sin is not always a high-handed sin is seen in God’s willingness to forgive sins that were clearly intentional (2 Sam. 11–12). Only those who are unconverted may sin with a high hand, for a converted person ...Read More

  • Effectual Calling

    Romans 8:29–31

    Some would say, “Well, sure, there is an internal call: God internally calls all men. But some resist His call, while others cooperate.” Use Romans 8:28 and 30 to show that this is not what Paul means by the call ...Read More

  • Make Your Election Sure

    2 Peter 1:10–11

    John Calvin reminds us that “purity of life is not improperly called the evidence and proof of election, by which the faithful may not only testify to others that they are the children of God, but also confirm themselves in ...Read More

  • Degrees of Sin

    John 19:1-16

    That there are degrees of punishment in hell according to the extent of one’s sin means that there are also degrees of reward in heaven according to how we obey. Our obedience, to be sure, cannot earn eternal life, but ...Read More

  • Commander of the Lord’s Army

    Joshua 5:13-15

    Even believers can presume that God is on their side on a particular issue without due consideration. Though he was not an evangelical, Abraham Lincoln’s famous words can serve us well here: “My concern is not whether God is on ...Read More

  • Jesus the Bread of Life

    John 6:22–51

    The old English proverb that “bread is the staff of life” is never truer than when it is used to refer to Jesus. His flesh — His life — given for the sins of the world is the staff that ...Read More

  • God-Moving Prayer

    Genesis 18:16–33

    Sometimes we think our prayers are pointless because we know God’s mind cannot be changed. Yet we do not know what the Lord has decreed, and Scripture is clear that our prayers really do have an effect in God’s plan ...Read More

  • Tools for Bible Study

    2 Timothy 4:2

    An important work of the Holy Spirit is to illuminate the meaning of Scripture for us. One way He does this is by working through our diligent study of His Word, utilizing the commentaries of men He has raised up ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:12–13

    When we separate the baptism of the Holy Spirit from conversion, we end up with second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. But as the Lord has poured out His Spirit on all His people, this is impossible. Christians may ...Read More

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