• Instruments for Good

    Romans 6:12-14

    Does your eye stray to sinful images? Does your tongue use unedifying language? Does your stomach drive you to consume too much? Think about the sins to which you are most prone and then identify the body parts that are ...Read More

  • Is God Unrighteous?

    Romans 3:5–7

    At the root of all sin is the arrogant attempt of creatures to judge their Creator, to believe that we know better than He does and to go our own way or to deny what He has said about Himself ...Read More

  • Misplaced Confidence

    Jeremiah 7:1–29

    Today we must likewise be wary of misplaced confidence. We do not rest in God’s salvation because we signed a card of commitment to Christ or have a memory of going forward to receive Christ at an “altar call ...Read More

  • Newness of Life (Part 1)

    Romans 6:5-7

    It is good for believers to take the measure of their progress in the Christian life. What were some of the sins that most troubled you before your conversion? Have you advanced in your ability to resist them? Remember that ...Read More

  • Newness of Life (Part 2)

    Romans 6:8-10

    In a sense, the Christian life is like the process of learning to ride a bicycle: You fall off a lot, but you have to get back on to learn. Yes, you will sin, but surrender is not an option ...Read More

  • Our Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3-5

    Jesus’ death is not significant because He was a good man who died but because He was a perfect man who died and rose again. The resurrection is certain proof that death has no rightful claim on those who obey ...Read More

  • Perfect Obedience

    Romans 5:18-19

    Paul’s comparisons of our unions with Adam and Christ show us how wrong we are in our tendency to think that some goodness in us motivated God to save us. We were lost, justly condemned. But God saved us ...Read More

  • Practicing Righteousness

    1 John 3:9–10

    The distinction John makes between children of God and children of the Devil denies any naive assertion that all people have God as their Father. Only those who are in Christ by faith and therefore submit to Him as Lord ...Read More

  • Repenting of Our Righteousness

    Isaiah 64:6

    Today’s passage reminds us that God does not grade on a curve. We may consider ourselves better than others on a human level when we evaluate ourselves by imperfect human standards of justice, but the Lord evaluates us by ...Read More

  • Righteousness and Life

    John 3:36

    When we believe in Jesus alone, we are immediately granted the gift of eternal life. There is nothing else we need to do in order to receive this life, and if we think that we must do good works in ...Read More

  • Righteousness and Mercy

    Matthew 5:6–7

    Our passion for righteousness and mercy is one way we can measure our fervor for the Lord. There are innumerable ways we can pursue both of these actions. Thus, we are unable to complain to God that there have been ...Read More

  • Righteousness by Faith

    Romans 1:17b (ESV footnote)

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “We have now the principal point or the main hinge of the first part of the this Epistle—that we are justified by faith through the mercy of God alone.” To truly know ...Read More

  • Rome’s Analytic View of Justification

    Romans 1:16–17

    Roman Catholics and Protestants differ on several fundamental matters, not the least of which is the doctrine of justification. It is essential that we do not blur the lines on this issue, for the very gospel is at stake. We ...Read More

  • Ruth’s Righteous Husband

    Ruth 4

    Boaz was ultimately rewarded for his selfless deed when he was included in the line of David and thus the line of Christ (Matt. 1:1–17). He did not know that this would be his reward when he cared ...Read More

  • Slow to Anger

    James 1:19–20

    All of us can recall times when we were too quick to speak and not quick enough to hear the whole story. Some of the most hurtful things that we have said or that have been said to us have ...Read More