• Before the Face of God

    Psalm 24

    We can do nothing to merit eternal life, but it does not follow that we can do nothing to experience more of God’s favor once we have been ingrafted into the body of Christ through faith alone. Obedience to ...Read More

  • Blessed by the Superior

    Hebrews 7:7–8

    Hebrews 7 can say that Melchizedek lives because Moses never tells us how he dies. The point is not that Melchizedek never died but that what we see in the narrative resembles Christ who truly lives yesterday, today, and forever ...Read More

  • Blessing or Curse?

    Galatians 3:10–14

    The fullness of God’s curse is permanent exile from seeing the Lord face-to-face in the new heavens and earth. Consequently, the greatest blessing is to behold His glory for all eternity. We who were once under the curse of ...Read More

  • Blessings from Jacob

    Hebrews 11:21

    True persevering faith manifests itself in an attitude of worship through all seasons of life. Though the exact manifestation of this worship may differ depending on our circumstances, persevering faith always manifests its trust in worship. As you go through ...Read More

  • Covenant Blessings

    Leviticus 26:1-13

    The book of Job and other portions of Scripture warn us about making a strict one-to-one correlation between the blessings or trials we receive and our obedience to God. Nevertheless, we can expect the Lord to show His favor to ...Read More

  • David’s Fallen Booth Restored

    Amos 9:11–15

    All the aforementioned blessings were originally promised to Israel for obedience to God’s law (Deut. 28:1–14). That they would enjoy these blessings in the restoration points to a day when the people would obey the Lord fully ...Read More

  • Every Good Gift

    James 1:16–18

    Though it is hard for us to understand, the Bible is clear that even in evil God is working out good things for His people. In the midst of the most terrible circumstances, God prepares good gifts for us, some ...Read More

  • Foolish Priorities

    Haggai 1:2-11

    The Bible warns us not to make a one-to-one correlation between God’s favor and our success. However, that does not mean that we should not be alert to disobedience being a potential reason for why we might find ourselves ...Read More

  • From Cursed to Blessed

    Nehemiah 13:1-3

    God often waits to intervene and rescue us when things seem to be their darkest, so we should never despair that our circumstances are too far gone for Him to respond. Still, there are times when the Lord does not ...Read More

  • Joseph, a Fruitful Bough

    Genesis 49:22–26

    Our Savior said that “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt. 24:13). Confessing Christ once is not enough, our profession of faith is useless if we do not possess a living faith in God and ...Read More

  • Persecution and Reward

    Matthew 5:10–12

    Matthew Henry writes: “There is no evil so black and horrid, which, at one time or other, has not been said falsely against Christ’s disciples and followers.” Rejoice and be glad if you are being slandered for obeying Jesus ...Read More

  • Righteousness and Mercy

    Matthew 5:6–7

    Our passion for righteousness and mercy is one way we can measure our fervor for the Lord. There are innumerable ways we can pursue both of these actions. Thus, we are unable to complain to God that there have been ...Read More

  • Seeking After God

    Are you seeking the benefits God can give you or seeking after God alone? Read More

  • The Abundance of Blessing in Christ

    Ephesians 1:3

    Between the birth and the return of Jesus, the age to come overlaps with the present age. To be blessed in Christ is to enjoy a foretaste of future blessings — intimacy with God, true life, and even, at times, many ...Read More

  • The Face of Blessing

    Numbers 6:22-27

    It is impossible for us to be good enough to earn God’s pleasure; that is why faithfulness to His covenant means giving up our attempts to earn His favor and relying on Christ alone for salvation (Gal. 3:15 ...Read More