• Authentic Profession

    James 2:26

    Take some time today to read through the book of James and meditate on his command to be a doer of the Word (1:22). Ask for God’s wisdom to help you do this, for without it, we will ...Read More

  • By Grace, Not Works

    Romans 11:6

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “These two concepts—grace and works—are mutually exclusive… . It is one or the other, grace or works.” A day does not go by in which we are not tempted to ...Read More

  • Completed Faith

    James 2:22–24

    When we first believe our faith is “incomplete” in the sense that it is small and relatively undeveloped. But even though a small faith is enough to do great things (Matt. 17:20), God does not want our faith to ...Read More

  • Covenant of Works I

    Genesis 2:15-17

    It is a sobering truth to realize that God still requires perfect obedience from us. His requirements do not change and we have no excuse for disobeying Him. Since we cannot obey God, we must trust in the perfect obedience ...Read More

  • Covenant of Works, Part 2

    Genesis 3

    Not only does God forgive us through Christ Jesus, He also works in the midst of our sin and failure to bring good out of evil. All of us can look back on times when we sinned against the Lord ...Read More

  • Cursed on Our Behalf

    Galatians 3:13–14

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians gives this pastoral advice: “So if sin vex you, and death terrify you, think that it is (as indeed it is) but an imagination and a false illusion of the devil. For there is ...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

  • Faith and Works

    James 2:14-26

    Again let us be clear, our good works do not get us into heaven. However, they do reveal the faith that lays hold of the benefits of Christ and takes possession of eternal salvation. We must always be careful to ...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

  • God and Unbelief

    Romans 9:9–18

    When God chooses someone for salvation, He does so in love, working directly in us, making Him the cause of our redemption (1 Peter 1:1–3). But in passing over the non-elect (reprobation), the Lord’s work is passive ...Read More

  • God Clothed Them

    Genesis 3:20-21

    In the covenant of grace God mercifully reckons perfect obedience to our account when we trust in Jesus, who alone obeyed the Father perfectly. However, though our own works play no role in our justification, we have foolishly imagined that ...Read More

  • Goodness and Faith

    Psalm 37:3

    What motivates you to do good works? Are you serving your neighbor solely out of a desire to please the Lord, or are you doing so just because it makes you feel good? Perhaps you just enjoy the recognition that ...Read More

  • James Versus Paul?

    James 2:24

    Tomorrow we will look at James’ argument in 2:14–26 more closely. Today, be reminded that God’s Word must be consistent because the One who hates all falsehood has revealed it. If He said one thing in Ephesians ...Read More

  • Letters to Corinth

    1 Corinthians 3:1-10

    Those who seek to have Christ as Savior only are the “wood, hay, and straw.” They will be burned up, because they have torn up the church by their carnal behavior. Read this chapter. If it applies, correct your ways ...Read More

  • Living Faith

    James 2:25–26

    A dead faith is really no faith at all because a dead faith can in no way lay hold of the perfect righteousness of Christ. We must have a living faith evidenced by works of love and mercy toward other ...Read More