• Cut Off

    Genesis 17:14

    The visible/invisible church distinction and the reality toward which circumcision points make this discussion all the more meaningful. Today, consider your thoughts on church discipline. Do you understand the authority elders have to discipline those in flagrant sin? Understand ...Read More

  • Davidic Covenant I

    2 Samuel 7:1-17

    Some people think that God never intended for there to be a king over His people. But the history of redemption shows us that although God alone is the ultimate ruler, He purposes to reign over His people through the ...Read More

  • Davidic Covenant II

    Amos 9:11-15

    God would have had every right to give up on the Davidic line. Most of the kings of ancient Israel led the people into sin and persecuted those who proclaimed the law of God. But God, because of His sworn ...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

  • 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

  • Final Redemption

    Hebrews 8:11-12

    The fact that the restoration is taking longer than expected might be a surprise to us, but it is no surprise to God. He has determined that the world continue longer than we might have thought. All things are working ...Read More

  • God Clothed Them

    Genesis 3:20-21

    In the covenant of grace God mercifully reckons perfect obedience to our account when we trust in Jesus, who alone obeyed the Father perfectly. However, though our own works play no role in our justification, we have foolishly imagined that ...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

  • God’s Irrevocable Gifts and Calling

    Romans 11:28-29

    God does choose to bless corporate entities, but not everyone who professes membership in a blessed group will fully enjoy the blessing. At present, there is a distinction between the invisible church and the visible church, and only at Jesus ...Read More

  • God’s Living and Active Word

    Hebrews 4:12–13

    Unlike the teachings of men and women that often fall on deaf ears, the Word of God always accomplishes the purposes for which it has been sent. That does not mean, however, that our Christian growth happens passively as we ...Read More

  • God’s Olive Tree

    Romans 11

    Though there are many privileges in being a part of God’s family, we must never become conceited that we trust in Christ while others do not. All of God’s people have been chosen from the foundation of the ...Read More

  • God’s Promise to Abraham

    Genesis 15

    Obviously, God cannot cease being God. Thus, there is no chance that the Lord will fail to keep His promise to Abraham. As we look at history, we see that our Creator is keeping His pledge to the patriarch. Abraham ...Read More

  • God’s Sign to Abraham

    Genesis 15:7-21

    God gave Abraham a tangible sign of His faithfulness through the covenant-making ceremony recorded in Genesis 15. He gives His church tangible signs of faithfulness as well. Baptism tells us that our sins are washed away when we believe on ...Read More

  • God’s Treasured Possession

    Exodus 19:1–15

    Jesus shows us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7) that true faithfulness to God’s commandments involves both outward action and inward attitude. Based on those requirements, none of us can claim to have obeyed the Lord ...Read More

  • His Voice

    Hebrews 12:26–27

    Where do you place your trust? Is it in money, status, or employment? Is it found in your relationships? Take some time to ask yourself where you truly place your trust. Ask the Lord to help you place your trust ...Read More