• The Armor of God

    Ephesians 6:10-20

    John Calvin comments on this passage, reminding us that we should not let the “injurious treatment” of others provoke us to revenge, for those who bother us are merely darts from Satan’s hand. “While we are employed in destroying ...Read More

  • The Awakened Conscience

    Hebrews 9

    Write a brief account of how God awakened your conscience. If you were converted as a child, you might not remember. If this is the case, write a brief account of a time in your life when God used your ...Read More

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Acts 19:1-7

    All Christians are theologians because all believers develop ideas about God that shape who they are and what they do. The only question is whether we are going to be good theologians or bad theologians. Good theologians determine their theology ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Spirit

    Acts 11

    Orthodoxy does not deny that many people have had wonderful reviving experiences in their lives. What orthodoxy denies is that these reviving experiences are to be identified with the baptisms of the Spirit recorded in Acts. The Spirit baptizes every ...Read More

  • By the Spirit

    1 John 3:23–24

    It is very important that we never isolate the work of the Spirit from the other evidences of salvation. Even though we may say the work of the Spirit is foundational to our assurance, oftentimes the way we become convinced ...Read More

  • Confession and the Spirit

    1 John 4:13–15

    Are you abiding in Christ? Do you maintain a strong confession of the biblical Jesus and so receive confirmation by the Spirit that you dwell in God and God dwells in you? Or do you hesitate to take a stand ...Read More

  • Debtors to the Spirit

    Romans 8:12-13

    John Murray comments, “The believer’s once-for-all death to the law and to sin does not free him from the necessity of mortifying sin in his members; it makes it necessary and possible for him to do so.” Our efforts ...Read More

  • Divine Illumination

    1 Corinthians 2:6-16

    Without the Holy Spirit’s work of illumination, we will never understand the Bible in a saving way. Many people read the Bible, know what it teaches, but never believe its message. It is not that they are somehow less intelligent ...Read More

  • Empowered for Ministry

    Numbers 11:1-30

    We do not always appreciate the tremendous blessing we have as those who live under the administration of the new covenant. Had we lived under the old covenant, most of us would likely not have been granted a special anointing ...Read More

  • The Fruit of the Spirit

    Galatians 5:16–26

    The standard for bearing fruit as we advance in sanctification is not perfection. Scripture tells us we will not walk in perfect holiness until we are glorified, and our need for perfection in order to stand before God unafraid is ...Read More

  • The Gift of the Spirit

    John 14:16–17a

    Christ has ascended to heaven and has poured out the Holy Spirit to equip us for ministry, pray for us, and convince us of the truth of God’s Word. This work is necessary for us, and without the Spirit ...Read More

  • The Gifts of the Spirit

    1 Corinthians 12:12–31

    Today’s passage is an important text on the priesthood of all believers. Paul does not mean to deny the roles of elders, teachers, and other officers in the church; rather, he tells us that every Christian is to be involved ...Read More

  • The Godhood of the Spirit

    John 14

    If you don’t know much about the doctrine of the Trinity, consult with your pastor. You may also want to study a book on this subject or the Athanasian Creed, which summarizes the doctrine. Read this creed several times ...Read More

  • God the Holy Spirit

    Genesis 1:1–2

    We do not totally understand what it means for the Father to be unbegotten, the Son to be begotten, and the Spirit to proceed. As Augustine once said, we use these terms not because we can define them fully but ...Read More

  • Greater is He

    1 John 4:4

    Many of the greatest Reformed theologians in history, including John Calvin and John Owen, are well-known for their understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the Spirit today is sometimes called ...Read More