• The Spirit and the New Birth

    John 3:1-21

    Regeneration precedes faith. Faith is a gift from God given as a consequence of the regenerating work of the Spirit. The divine initiative is preserved through this statement. If you believe differently, consider carefully the implications, especially for the doctrine ...Read More

  • The Spirit-filled Life

    Ephesians 5:18-19

    Today’s passage also tells us that evidence of the Spirit-filled life includes being full of song and delight (Eph. 5:19). Matthew Henry comments: “Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness. God ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Adoption

    Roman 8:14-15

    The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of adoption, which is a great comfort to us particularly as we fight sin. Outside of Christ, we are in a state of fear. Despite our best efforts to suppress the truth, every ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Glory

    1 Peter 4:14

    The work of the Holy Spirit is extensive, and we will explore further how we may walk in the Spirit next week. We should note today, however, that the Holy Spirit does not tend to make a fuss about Himself ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Glory

    1 Peter 4:14

    Peter reminds us today that if we suffer for bearing the name of Christ we are blessed. Just as the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus, so too does He rest upon us, and our suffering proves that we indeed have ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Life

    Isaiah 32:9–20

    The Holy Spirit certainly worked in the old covenant people, regenerating the faithful remnant to trust in the Lord. Yet the old covenant people knew that a greater measure of the Spirit was yet to come. Under the new covenant ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Power

    Isaiah 63:7-14

    In our day there is much talk of the power of the Spirit, and people want to see this power displayed “dramatically” in physical healings and other such phenomena. While we certainly confess the Spirit’s freedom and ability to ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Truth

    John 14:15-26

    The ministry of the Spirit is not to reveal new things outside of Scripture but to teach us all that our Savior taught. Learning to hear the Spirit is a lifelong task of reading His Word and developing our ability ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Truth

    John 14:16-17

    In order for us to be rightly related to God, we must know Him, and we cannot know Him if we are not concerned with the truths about Him taught in His Word. This is why believers must be concerned ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Unity

    Genesis 11:1-9

    The Spirit of God seeks to bring unity to His people, and one of the ways He does this is to cause confusion among His foes. Though these enemies might remain united in their common refusal to bow the knee ...Read More

  • The Spirit’s Intercession

    Romans 8:26-27

    John Calvin comments, “Except we are supported by God’s hands, we are soon overwhelmed by innumerable evils…though we are in every respect weak, and various infirmities threaten our fall, there is yet sufficient protection in God’s Spirit ...Read More

  • The Third Person of the Trinity

    Ephesians 4:30

    That the Holy Spirit who dwells within us is God Himself points to the awesome privilege we have as the people of God, but it also points to a solemn responsibility. Although we are forgiven in Christ, the fact that ...Read More

  • The Washing of Regeneration

    Titus 3:5

    Today’s passage is a proof text for question and answer 71 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which, in accord with Scripture, calls baptism “the water of rebirth” and “the washing away of sins.” People can be saved without being baptized ...Read More

  • The When of Spirit Baptism

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    The greatest danger of positing a second blessing of the Holy Spirit is its creation of a Christian caste system. It divides the church into Spirit-haves and Spirit-have-nots, separating what God has united. This leads to feelings of superiority and ...Read More

  • The Witness of God

    Hebrews 2:3b–4

    In today’s church, there is often a preoccupation with the supernatural as an end in and of itself. Many forget that miracles were designed primarily to verify the credibility of the apostolic witness. Ask yourself if you are in ...Read More