• Covenant of Works, Part 1

    Genesis 2:15–17

    Fallen people can by no means get God to save them; He redeems according to the good pleasure of His will. Until the day we are fully and finally glorified, however, we who are in Christ are in a position ...Read More

  • One Family in Israel

    2 Chronicles 33:1–20

    Because Jesus represents us before the Father, what can be said of Him can also be said of us. Jesus’ record is clear of sin and full of righteousness, and this is what the Father sees when He looks upon ...Read More

  • Adam and Israel

    Hosea 6

    God was exceedingly gracious when He did not utterly destroy Israel or Adam when they sinned but preserved them so that His original purpose for them might one day be fulfilled. Today God is gracious to us when He freely ...Read More

  • God Creates the Universe

    Genesis 1:1–2:3

    What informs your understanding of the world around you? Do you seek meaning and value from the surrounding culture or do you look to God’s Word to give you these things? The worldview of the cultures in which we ...Read More

  • Christ Alone

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    Mankind’s failure to meet the Lord’s standard of perfection is an essential part of the gospel message, and the covenant of works informs us of His standard. Jesus did not come to give us our best life now ...Read More

  • One God, One People

    Galatians 3:19–20

    Our unity as the people of God testifies to the unity of our Lord. To see Christians living and working together in harmony is a powerful witness that all believers possess the same Holy Spirit and share a common purpose ...Read More

  • Cursed on Our Behalf

    Galatians 3:13–14

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians gives this pastoral advice: “So if sin vex you, and death terrify you, think that it is (as indeed it is) but an imagination and a false illusion of the devil. For there is ...Read More

  • Faith Versus Works

    Galatians 3:11–12

    John Calvin comments, “The contradiction between the law and faith lies in the matter of justification,” and so the law “has a method of justifying a man which is wholly at variance with faith.” It is not that we are ...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

  • Assurance for Abraham

    Genesis 22:15–19

    Christians do good works. And in His marvelous grace, our Father “looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections” (Westminster Confession of Faith, 16.6 ...Read More

  • Abimelech and Abraham

    Genesis 21:22–34

    Christians are called first and foremost to be peacemakers in the church. Every time we refuse to repent when we sin, we threaten the peace of God’s people. If we continually bring up the offenses of those who we ...Read More

  • This Time Next Year

    Genesis 17:20–21

    We are reminded that salvation is wholly from God when we see the many miraculous births in Scripture. Of course, the preeminent example of this is Jesus’ nativity, as He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and ...Read More

  • Call His Name Isaac

    Genesis 17:18–19

    The principles of how we are to act in certain situations are clearly given in Scripture. Yet, like Abraham, we can be guilty of going our own way. When the Lord plainly makes His intent for us known, we must ...Read More

  • Abraham Laughed

    Genesis 17:16–17

    Sarah helps us understand that all those who by faith identify themselves with Abraham’s Lord and family shall be included in the promises to Him. It seemed incredible for God to bless Abraham with royal descendants, and it is ...Read More

  • The Necessity of Baptism

    Matthew 28:18–20

    Many Protestants today dismiss the importance of the new covenant’s signs and seals. But baptism is not a negotiable matter, and all Christians, in obedience to Christ, must be baptized unless they are providentially hindered from this ordinance. If ...Read More