• The Poor in Spirit

    Matthew 5:1–3

    Elsewhere, Jesus speaks these same words to the poor (Luke 6:20), because those who have nothing are often able to see their need for salvation most clearly. Still, one does not need to lack possessions to see the kingdom ...Read More

  • From Abraham to Exile

    Matthew 1:2–11

    Not every ancestor of Jesus trusted in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Still, the Lord’s grace overcame what could be called “impossible” odds in working through the sinful sons of David to bring about our salvation. This ...Read More

  • Man’s Radical Fallenness

    John 6:44

    “Regeneration precedes faith” summarizes biblical soteriology (the doctrine of salvation). Having one’s will transformed by the regenerative touch of the Holy Spirit, Jesus says, must come before anyone can enter the kingdom (John 3:3, 5). If you trust ...Read More

  • Holiness and Justice

    Leviticus 10:1–3

    From delaying Adam’s eternal death after he sinned to the grace shown the church today, it is clear our Father gives mercy to the unworthy. But we must never use this grace as a license to sin or believe ...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

  • Now to Him

    Jude 24–25

    God’s ability to keep His people from falling away is a source of profound comfort to believers. However, we must not think we can be passive with respect to our salvation. Though our efforts do not merit God’s ...Read More

  • Grace and Knowledge

    2 Peter 3:17–18

    While it is certainly true that all of those without true faith will not finally fall away, this does not mean that we who confess Christ have the right not to take the warnings of Scripture seriously. Even true believers ...Read More

  • Future Grace

    1 Peter 1:13

    Until we are glorified, we must daily seek to keep our minds focused on the hope of Christ’s salvation. The presence of sin makes it all too easy for us to think that we can hope partly in Christ ...Read More

  • He Gives More Grace

    James 4:6

    If we were to take an honest look at our lives, we all could find times when we have made ourselves friends with the world. We have compromised God’s principles for money, status, or power, choosing not to live ...Read More

  • Farewell Greetings

    Hebrews 13:22–25

    The prayer for grace to be with the people of God is no mere wish or vain hope. Rather, the predestinating work of the Father, the effectual work of the Son, and the sealing work of the Spirit all work ...Read More

  • No Root of Bitterness

    Hebrews 12:15

    Take some time to examine your life, and ask yourself whether there is any bitterness in your heart toward God or toward others. If so, go before the Lord in prayer, and ask Him to heal you of such bitterness ...Read More

  • Covenant of Works II

    Genesis 3

    It is in the midst of the curse from Adam’s failure to keep the covenant of works that we first see the covenant of grace announced. God promised to crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:14–15 ...Read More

  • Draw Near in Confidence

    Hebrews 4:16

    God’s holiness should indeed cause those who do not know Christ to run far away from Him. Those who know Christ, however, must remember Calvin’s assertion that “when Christ receives us under His protection and patronage, He covers ...Read More

  • The Motive of Grace

    Romans 5:21

    Boice notes that some see the rescue of Christians from hell as an insignificant motive for God’s grace. Scripture, however, is not ashamed to show us God’s zeal to accomplish our salvation. We are important to Him; therefore ...Read More

  • More Sin, More Grace

    Romans 5:20

    What sins do you most regret? Did you ever doubt that it would be possible for God to forgive you for those sins? How did you come to understand that His grace was sufficient even to cover your most heinous ...Read More