• Eternal Security

    Joshua 4:1–9

    God promises that those whom He foreknew and predestined He has also glorified (Rom. 8:30). God’s mighty acts of redemption show us that when God promises something, He always fulfills that promise. Remember the ways in which God ...Read More

  • Faith and the Work of Christ

    Romans 10:16-18

    In his commentary on today’s passage in his book Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that hearing the gospel is a necessary condition for salvation, but it is not a sufficient condition. Something else is needed, and that is the ...Read More

  • Faith and Works

    James 2:18–21

    John Calvin notes that while true faith always produces good works, good works are not always the result of true faith. Indeed “the unbelieving sometimes excel in specious virtues … hence works apparently excellent may exist apart from faith.” We can ...Read More

  • The Faith of the Gentiles

    Romans 9:30-33

    Embracing justification by our works is no minor error. Rather, it is a battle against our most holy Creator. John Calvin comments: “Christ has been given to us for righteousness, whosoever obtrudes on God the righteousness of works, attempts to ...Read More

  • False Teachers Accursed

    Galatians 1:8–9

    Martin Luther’s comments on Galatians 1:8–9 illustrate Scripture’s relationship to tradition: “Here then is a plain text like a thunderbolt, wherein Paul subjects both himself and an angel from heaven, and all others, doctors, teachers, and ...Read More

  • The Final Exodus

    Ezekiel 20:33–44

    God in Christ met not only Jews in the wilderness but also Gentiles (Mark 5:1–20), and as the Last Adam, He identified with Gentiles as well, bearing the Father’s wrath for Gentiles who believe. Whether we are Jews ...Read More

  • Foreknowledge

    Romans 8:29-30

    The “foreknowledge” view sees all of history as some great movie that God watched but did not create. He is therefore not sovereign. The flow of history depends upon the will of man, not the plan of God. This week ...Read More

  • The Founder of Salvation

    Hebrews 2:10

    The Bible teaches us that Jesus is our Prophet, Priest, and King. Sadly, many do not confess Christ because they do not understand that a suffering priest is required for their redemption. Reflect on Jesus’ priestly suffering and ask the ...Read More

  • Free from the Law

    Romans 7:1-3

    God never intended for sinners to justify themselves by keeping the law, but the law does remind us that God demands perfect obedience for justification. Because we cannot obey God perfectly, unconverted people seize the law and lower God’s ...Read More

  • Fulfilling Our Purpose

    Ephesians 2:10

    Knowing that we are justified by faith alone takes pressure off of us when we seek to please God. It might be that sometimes we do not do good because we fear that we will mess things up. Yet since ...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

  • Genuine Conversion

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    The way to life is the way of death—death to sin and self. Only if we first die to sin can we be raised to new life and become new creatures in Christ. This happens decisively at conversion, but ...Read More

  • God Calls His Son

    Hosea 11

    Our culture’s leaders tell us that we need salvation from poverty, corruption, terrorism, and a host of other societal ills. However, while we do not want to downplay the severity of these ills and the desirability of rescue from ...Read More

  • God Remembers Us

    Hebrews 6:10

    We know that the love the audience of Hebrews had for Christ was not perfect. In 6:10 they had to be reminded of two things perfect love does not forget: God’s justice and faithfulness. Imperfect love is the ...Read More

  • God’s Chosen Remnant

    Romans 11:1-5

    Ethnic Gentiles continue to vastly outnumber ethnic Jews in the company of God’s people. However, the fact that some Jews do believe in Jesus is proof of the Lord’s faithfulness to His Word. He has not rejected ethnic Israel, though ...Read More