• His Own Blood

    Hebrews 9:11–12

    John Owen writes, “from his infinite love and grace [Jesus] humbly went [to shed His blood on the cross], so God could be glorified and his church sanctified and saved. It is right for us always to consider what love ...Read More

  • Ineffectual Blood

    Hebrews 10:3–4

    God instituted the old covenant sacrifices to show His people their need for atonement. But they, like the new covenant saints, only enjoy forgiveness because of the atonement of Christ accomplished by the shedding of His perfect blood. When you ...Read More

  • In This Is Love

    1 John 4:9–10

    The presence of sin means it will be difficult at times to give of ourselves, even to those we think deserve our love. This biblical teaching is indeed radical. We must love even the unlovely and do so even if ...Read More

  • Justice Satisfied in Another

    Romans 8:3–4

    The hymn “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” reminds us that for every believer in Jesus, His blood “a full atonement made.” We can trust the Lord because He is just and always fulfills His promises, even His promise to punish ...Read More

  • Justification by Faith

    John 8:46a

    When the Father imputes the righteousness of Christ to us, He knows we still struggle with sin. And though we are disciplined for these transgressions (Heb. 12:3–17), He nevertheless sees Jesus’ faithfulness when He looks on those who ...Read More

  • Justification by Faith Alone

    John 8:46

    Because we are sinners, we can do nothing in and of ourselves to merit eternal life. Even after we are saved, our best works remain tainted by sin and cannot produce the perfection we need for a righteous standing before ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Passover

    Exodus 12:1–32

    Though not himself a Christian, Lord Alfred Tennyson captures the pervasiveness of sin in his poem “The Holy Grail”: “In me lived a sin / So strange, of such a kind, that all of pure, / Noble and knightly in me twined ...Read More

  • The Need for Atonement

    1 Corinthians 2:1–5

    In other religions, such as Islam and Judaism, God simply waves sin away, not requiring payment for transgressions in order to forgive. This idea betrays a view of a Creator who is not really all that holy, who ultimately is ...Read More

  • The New and Living Way

    Hebrews 10:19–20

    Most of the old covenant saints could never enter into the Holy of Holies. Even the high priest who could enter could do so only once a year. But through Christ, we can enter God’s presence daily in our ...Read More

  • No Longer Far Off

    Ephesians 2:13

    The longer we are Christians, the easier it can be to forget the greatness of our salvation and the incalculable price that our Father paid to adopt us as His children. Yet we must never allow ourselves to consider the ...Read More

  • Once for All

    Hebrews 9:23–28

    If Christ’s sacrifice of Himself was insufficient to save us and must be offered again and again, then we have no hope of salvation. A sacrifice that has to be repeated is a weak and ineffectual sacrifice that cannot atone ...Read More

  • Our Deliverer

    Hebrews 2:14–15

    Christians know that Christ has already destroyed the devil and the power of death that he held. Because of this, we know that physical death will one day be eliminated as well. Thank Christ for His victory over the devil ...Read More

  • Our Way into the Most Holy Place

    Hebrews 10:19–25

    In this life it is easy to fill our schedules with activities that can get in the way of regular participation in corporate worship. While these activities in themselves may be perfectly fine and fruitful, we should make sure never ...Read More

  • The Preaching of Peace

    Ephesians 2:17

    Peace between God and humanity is not a given. It took the sacrifice of God the Son to achieve it, and it requires personal faith in the Son of God for us to enjoy it. Are you at peace with ...Read More

  • The Sacrifices of the Law

    Hebrews 10:1–2

    The Law is the shadow, but Christ is the reality. He is the fulfillment of all that came before Him. He made real atonement for our sin. He makes real intercession for our salvation. He has done that which we ...Read More