• A Glorious Future

    Matthew 13:36–43

    Gloriously, at the time of God’s harvest we who have suffered the onslaught of the Devil and the scorn of the world will shine brightly, just like the Lord Himself (Matt. 13:43). John Calvin comments, “What a remarkable ...Read More

  • A Mixed Body

    Matthew 13:47–50

    When people abandon Christ, they prove that they never had faith at all, since those with true faith are preserved by God, never to fall away permanently (1 John 2:19). Still, when we see people leave Jesus, it does ...Read More

  • A Prophet without Honor

    Matthew 13:53–58

    Western society is blessed to be steeped in the teaching of Scripture and the person and work of Christ. However, we must take care that this blessing of familiarity does not motivate contempt in us for the things of God ...Read More

  • Mustard Seed and Leaven

    Matthew 13:31–33

    Matthew Henry reminds us that yeast “works silently and insensibly, yet strongly and irresistibly.” The kingdom of God works in a similar fashion. Though Christians often suffer and the darkness looks overwhelming, the kingdom is growing nonetheless. One day it ...Read More

  • Parables of the Kingdom

    Matthew 13:1–11

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, reminding us that the lack of clarity in the parables is not due to the parables themselves. The problem is really the hearts of sinful people. “The word of God, in its own ...Read More

  • Teaching in Parables

    Matthew 13:34–35

    The Bible does not say that there are secret truths that only certain believers can find in Scripture. Those things that we do not see upon our first reading of a text are not invisible; rather, incomplete knowledge is often ...Read More

  • The Awful Reality of Hell

    Matthew 13:24-43

    Hell’s primary purpose is to punish sinners. While that does not apply to believers, there are still at least two reasons to study the doctrine. First, the better we grasp the horrors of hell the more we appreciate God ...Read More

  • The Last Days

    Matthew 13:24–30

    Presently, there is much fervor over the “last days,” and many people declare that we are living in the last days for the first time in world history. However, while the return of Christ is most certainly closer to us ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Soils

    Matthew 13:18–23

    Matthew Henry writes: “That which distinguished this good ground from the rest, was, in one word, fruitfulness. He does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but there were none that prevailed to ...Read More

  • The Pearl of Great Price

    Matthew 13:44–46

    John Calvin says we need the teaching of today’s passage because ”we are so captivated by the allurements of the world, that eternal life fades from our view; and in consequence of our carnality, the spiritual graces of God ...Read More

  • The Purpose of the Parables

    Matthew 13:12–17

    We should marvel at God’s grace every time we recall that we have trusted Christ alone for our salvation. Before the Lord quickened us, we were dead in sin and had no desire at all to know or serve ...Read More

  • Treasures New and Old

    Matthew 13:51–52

    The new things taught by Jesus are loyal to the intent and purpose of the Old Testament. As one commentator has said, the old covenant revelation is not abolished, it is “judiciously integrated” into the new. Nevertheless, apart from becoming ...Read More