• The Shepherd Rescues His Sheep

    Ezekiel 34:1–24

    Today’s passages contains hints of the incarnation in its description of the Lord as the shepherd of Israel and its description of David as shepherd of Israel (Ezek. 34:15, 23). Our Creator was revealing that He and David ...Read More

  • Ezekiel’s Vision of God

    Ezekiel 1:4–28

    Although the term holy is not used in Ezekiel 1, the entire vision conveys the reality of the Lord’s transcendence, His “set-apartness” as the Creator and ruler of all. This is no God with whom we can trifle but ...Read More

  • God Versus the Idols

    Jeremiah 10

    John Calvin comments, “God renders his glory conspicuous everywhere, so that it ought to engage and occupy the thoughts of all men; and it would do so were they not led away by their own vanity.” Idolatry does not exist ...Read More

  • The Righteousness of God

    Romans 1:16–17

    Douglas Moo writes, “Justification by faith is the anthropological reflex of [that is, it reflects] Paul’s basic conviction that what God has done in Christ for sinful human beings is entirely a matter of grace” (Romans, p. 90). We ...Read More

  • The Meaning of Holiness

    Matthew 6:9-13

    In Christ we become friends of God (John 15:12–15; James 2:23), but this is no casual friendship like we have with other human beings. The Lord is to be treated reverently by His friends, and if we ...Read More

  • Holiness and Justice

    Leviticus 10:1–3

    Many people complain that the doctrine of election is unfair and deny it because they think fairness demands that we all have the ability to believe the gospel. But if we are sinners, the one thing God would be fair ...Read More

  • Covenant Conditionality

    Genesis 17:1-2

    Though we must meet certain covenant conditions, salvation is ultimately all of grace because God elects only some to salvation, giving them the ability to trust Him, which is not ours by nature as Adam’s fallen children. Nevertheless, the ...Read More

  • God’s Almighty Power

    Romans 8:31–32

    Dr. R.C. Sproul comments on today’s passage: “Paul is not suggesting that if God is for us, nobody will ever stand to oppose us. The import of his declaration is simple: all the human opposition that rises against ...Read More

  • The Goodness of Our Father

    Matthew 7:7–11

    Even the most compassionate earthly fathers are far less than our God. Matthew Henry writes, “All the compassions of all the tender fathers in the world compared with the tender mercies of our God, would be but as a candle ...Read More

  • One True Eternal God

    Deuteronomy 6:4

    Christian monotheism is vastly different from the monotheism found in Islam and modern rabbinic Judaism. We are not unitarians who simply have a different name for the same God others worship. Those who deny the Trinity deny the deity of ...Read More

  • Grace for Ministry

    Ephesians 3:7

    Saul’s conversion and transformation into the apostle Paul may be a particularly dramatic example of God’s irresistible grace, but we should never think that we were closer to the kingdom than Saul before our own conversions. The irresistible ...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

  • Honoring God

    Romans 1:18-32

    The flippant references about God and lack of respect for authority that are rampant in our culture reflect the primal sin of not giving honor to the Creator. Unfortunately, even those of us in the church are not entirely guiltless ...Read More

  • The Grounding of Hope

    Colossians 1:3-5a

    The apostles often refer to Christian hope in the New Testament, and it is easy for us to read our modern understanding of the term into Scripture, believing that Christian hope lacks certainty. But our hope as Christians does not ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Plentiful Redemption

    Psalm 130

    Fundamentally, Christ saves us from the penalty and power of sin. Yet His deliverance does not stop there. Our Savior also delights to make all things new, empowering us to mend fences with others, bring joy where there was once ...Read More