• The Nature of Man

    Genesis 1:26–28

    Our understanding of the fall has inevitable consequences for our view of what human beings are, how wonderful God made us originally, how important it is that we preach the gospel so that sinners can recover the high dignity that ...Read More

  • Legal Force

    Genesis 1:28

    There is much to be discouraged about when we look at the unjust laws that our ruling authorities have put on the books. However, we must also understand that even the most corrupt governments are signs of God’s grace ...Read More

  • The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

    Genesis 1:1–2

    In the church today, we are seeing a renewed emphasis on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, much of this emphasis is not on His work in creation and redemption to bring order out of chaos. Wherever ...Read More

  • God the Holy Spirit

    Genesis 1:1–2

    We do not totally understand what it means for the Father to be unbegotten, the Son to be begotten, and the Spirit to proceed. As Augustine once said, we use these terms not because we can define them fully but ...Read More

  • Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1-2:3

    If our original purpose is to shine forth God’s image to creation, then the importance of our obedience to His will takes on new significance. When our goodness and mercy align with His standards, we reveal His pure character ...Read More

  • Creation Ordinances

    Genesis 1-2

    In this day and age, there is a great temptation for the church in the United States to think that its mission is coextensive with the platform of one or more of the political parties in this country. Yet while ...Read More

  • Elohim

    Genesis 1:26a

    The Christian faith provides not only a vehicle for piety and devotion to the Lord, but it also satisfies the intellect and answers questions that human beings have been asking for generations. Believers should not be afraid to engage in ...Read More

  • The Kingdom of God

    Genesis 1:26–28

    Subduing the earth involves anything over which we exercise wise stewardship. Every time a mother teaches her child a Bible verse, an accountant refuses to cook the company’s books, a flowering plant is pruned to increase its blooms and ...Read More

  • Recalling Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1–2:3

    We may not often think about it, but when we do good to others we are doing more than just obeying the Lord’s command. Since God is the one who pours out His common grace upon all creation, every ...Read More

  • Grace and Forgiveness

    Genesis 1:27

    When Paul exhorts women to train women, and by implication, men to train men (Tit. 2:1–8), he is not speaking of doctrinal matters as if they are unconnected from everyday life. God wants godly men to teach and ...Read More

  • Elohim

    Genesis 1:26a

    The doctrine of the Trinity is not just some abstract theological construct, it accounts for why reality is the way it is. Humanity is complex (different sexes, ethnicities, cultures, talents, and so on) and unified (all of us belong to ...Read More

  • The Crafty Serpent

    Genesis 3:1a

    Though we cannot comprehend the depths of the wisdom of God (Rom. 11:33), the Lord does ordain evil without Himself ever being the author of it. All things serve the sovereign, good purposes of God almighty (Prov. 16:4 ...Read More

  • God Rested

    Genesis 2:1-3

    How do you spend your time on Sundays? Are you attending a church where you can worship and fellowship with other believers? Do you spend a restful day with your family and friends, or do you labor in ways that ...Read More

  • Have Dominion

    Genesis 1:28-31

    Subduing creation for God’s glory is a multifaceted endeavor. It involves the raising of godly children and the conversion of the nations so that the world will be filled with sanctified image-bearers. Taking dominion also means we endeavor to ...Read More

  • In His Own Image

    Genesis 1:26-27

    Scripture alone provides a solid foundation for human dignity. Without it, we have no basis for asserting that all men are created equal or that all men must be treated with kindness. That we bear God’s image, however marred ...Read More