• Life Before Christ

    Colossians 3:7-8

    One commentator has said that “we should never confuse being moral with being Christian, but we cannot claim to be Christian if we ignore morality.” An outwardly upright life is not a sure sign that somebody knows Christ, but a ...Read More

  • Shades of Gray

    1 Corinthians 10:31

    Though the Spirit grants us new life in Christ, this does not mean we immediately overcome our ignorance of God’s ways. Instead, the Spirit works through Scripture, illuminating it as we read and hear it so that we might ...Read More

  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace ...Read More

  • The Consequences of Sin

    2 Kings 17:1-23

    If we are in Christ, we need not fear that we will be exiled from the blessed presence of God forever. However, God may still discipline us for our sin, and we may feel the effects of His disciplinary rod ...Read More

  • Our Pattern for Holiness

    Leviticus 19:1–2

    We are often tempted to trivialize God’s demand for holiness and instead look to somebody or something other than God as the standard by which we measure ourselves. Remember, though, that the Lord has pronounced judgment on His image ...Read More

  • Bearing Our Iniquity

    Isaiah 52:13–53:12

    Though the costs we incur to forgive are real, they by no means approach the high price Jesus had to pay to extend His grace to us. We should therefore forgive others willingly, refusing to hold the full cost of ...Read More

  • The Seriousness of Sin

    Joshua 7

    By our obedience to God’s commands we can by no means earn our place in His kingdom. Nevertheless, that does not mean that our faithfulness to His law is unimportant. As those converted by His Spirit through the preaching ...Read More

  • Abrahamic Covenant, Part 1

    Genesis 12:1–3

    In the final analysis, our sin and corruption mean that if the Lord is going to accomplish His purposes, He must be the one to act. Though we endeavor to serve Him at all times, we also know that our ...Read More

  • God’s Devil

    1 Chronicles 21

    God is much greater than we are, so He is able to do things that we could never do, such as being sovereign over the Devil without ever being guilty of the Devil’s evil. Knowledge of this truth should ...Read More

  • Tracing the Development of Sin

    How is the first temptation, “You will be like God,” evident in temptations you have faced or are facing? What should be your response?Read More

  • Understanding the Nature of Corruption

    Examine your personal life. Are you grasping for autonomy? Refusing to let God rule your life? Trying to be as God?Read More

  • Understanding the Basic Conflict

    Thank God that you no longer walk according to the course of this world and the prince of the power of the air.Read More

  • The Battle Within

    Romans 7:7–25

    Only the person who has been given a new heart by the Holy Spirit can long for His precepts (Ps. 119:40); therefore, only the regenerate person has a real struggle within when he fails to obey. If you trust ...Read More

  • The Slavery of the Flesh

    Galatians 4:8–11

    Martin Luther writes, “Whoever then seeketh righteousness by the law, imagining that God being angry and threatening must be pacified with works, can never find so many good works as are able to quiet his conscience, but still desires more ...Read More

  • Confronting Paganism

    Are you seeking the applause of men rather than the approval of God?Read More