• A Guilty Conscience

    Jeremiah 3:1-5

    Our guilt feelings will fully line up with the objective reality of our guilt only insofar as our consciences are properly shaped by the Word of God. Scripture informs our consciences, helping them to more quickly and more correctly discern ...Read More

  • A Plan for Growth

    Luke 14:25-33

    Today it often seems as if the church is looking for the power of God everywhere except in the means of grace. Of course, the Lord often works in unexpected ways to bring about our growth in holiness. Yet He ...Read More

  • Arm Yourselves

    1 Peter 4:1–2

    When Peter says that those who suffer in the flesh have ceased from sin, he is not teaching that sinless perfection is possible in this life. Until we are glorified we will still sin. However, as John Calvin writes, if ...Read More

  • A Spiritual House

    1 Peter 2:4–5

    While it is true that each individual believer becomes a temple of God, we do not do well if we neglect passages like this that emphasize the corporate nature of the people of God. Currently, we are being built into ...Read More

  • Building Together

    Ephesians 2:22

    God is building us into His holy temple, but that does not mean we lack a role in the construction process. Unlike regeneration, sanctification is a cooperative work between the Holy Spirit and us (Phil. 2:12–13). Because of ...Read More

  • Build Yourselves Up

    Jude 20–21

    Building ourselves up in the most holy faith provides the content we need to refute falsehoods. Praying in the Spirit gives us the power we need to stand firm. As we keep ourselves in the love of God, our assurance ...Read More

  • Causing Grace to Abound

    Romans 6:1-2

    We rest for our final salvation in the work of Christ alone, but that does not mean there is no change in our own experience of sin and holiness. John Calvin comments, “the faithful are never reconciled to God without ...Read More

  • Changed by Christ

    Romans 6:3-4

    Have you ever fallen into a period of sin and rebellion since your Christian life began? What happened? In all likelihood, your enjoyment of the sin swiftly waned, godly brothers called you to repentance, or the Holy Spirit convicted you ...Read More

  • Christ in Our Hearts

    Ephesians 3:16-17a

    Christ does not wait for us to be perfect before He takes up residence within us, and for that we can rejoice. Yet it is possible to grieve His Spirit by our sin (Eph. 4:30), and so we must ...Read More

  • Clinging to the Truth

    Philippians 2:16

    Today’s passage tells us that as we live a life that reflects the gospel, we not only become the lights that we already are in Christ but also encourage those who give the gospel to us. Our church leaders ...Read More

  • Considering Ourselves Properly

    Romans 6:11

    If we look at sanctification as making ourselves holy, we will be driven to despair, for how can we make ourselves pure? We do cooperate with God in sanctification, but we do not make ourselves holy. He has made us ...Read More

  • Dead to Sin

    Romans 6:1-2

    At times, our growth as Christians seems painfully slow. Sin entices us; discouragement stymies us. We may be tempted to give up. But that is not an option. One who is truly born again simply cannot return to a life ...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

  • Faith and Fruit

    Galatians 5:19-23

    Scripture is clear that sinless perfection is impossible in this life (1 John 1:8–9), so we will never exhibit any of the fruit of the Spirit flawlessly on this side of glory. Nevertheless, there is a difference between ...Read More

  • Faith for Sanctification

    2 Peter 1:2-11

    We are to live our lives by faith in God. We are to let our roots grow deep into Him, trusting Him for all we need. We are to do all we can to grow in obedience, relying on Him ...Read More