• God Our Father

    John 1:12–13

    The misunderstanding of the love and fatherhood of God that is so prevalent in our culture makes it hard for us to speak of these concepts and be heard rightly. As we seek to emphasize other biblical concerns like God ...Read More

  • God Remembers Rachel

    Genesis 30:19–24

    The sovereignty of the Lord in pouring out His blessings has been clear in our study of Genesis 30. No matter what Rachel tried with her maidservants or mandrakes, Leah was still given more children than she was. We must ...Read More

  • Human Philosophies

    Colossians 2:8

    God prescribed food laws and other ritualistic observances for old covenant Israel, so we know that these practices are not inherently evil. They only become wrong when they become ends in themselves (1 Sam. 15:22–23). We might not ...Read More

  • Human Precepts and Teachings

    Colossians 2:21-22

    Scripture is actually a repetitive book, and we have seen a glimpse of this in Colossians 2 as Paul reminds us over and over that our obedience to law can do nothing to free us from evil. The Bible needs ...Read More

  • Ignorant and Vain Discussion

    1 Timothy 1:6-7

    Matthew Henry says, “Mere talk, especially in religion, is meaningless, and yet many people’s religion consists of little else but meaningless talk.” Is your practice of the Christian religion tied up in endless talk on peripheral matters, or is ...Read More

  • In the Flesh

    1 John 4:2–3

    In our day there are many who deny the incarnation because of their anti-supernaturalistic biases. Perhaps due to the rising interest in the supernatural, many affirm the incarnation but deny that it had any implications for the exclusivity of Jesus ...Read More

  • In the Fullness of Time

    Galations 4:4–5

    College students are not the only ones who face attacks on the historicity of Scripture. Hollywood, the Internet, apologists for other religions, and so on bombard us with assaults on Scripture’s integrity. The Bible is the most vilified book ...Read More

  • Irenaeus of Lyons

    Ephesians 2:19–20

    Today’s passage is very important for our doctrine of Scripture. If the prophets and apostles are the foundation of the church, then their writings are the final court of appeal for belief and practice. We should also not expect ...Read More

  • Islam and the Bible

    Matthew 24:35

    No other ancient work has survived in as many copies as the New Testament. When these various manuscripts are compared, both the care of the copyists and the integrity of the text are always confirmed. Moreover, to date no variant ...Read More

  • Justin Martyr

    Acts 17:16–33

    Because the church often lives just like those in the world, most of us today would not ask non-Christians to look to the behavior of professing Christians as proof for the gospel. Of course, the truth of the gospel depends ...Read More

  • Loud-Mouthed Boasters

    Jude 16

    While showing favoritism to those with power or money was normal for the false teachers Jude opposed, we do not have to be false teachers to commit this same error. How many of us consciously or unconsciously give deference to ...Read More

  • Man, the Sinner

    Leviticus 11:45

    In the Qur’an, God is deemed holy only twice. Also, Muslims believe that God’s commands have no intrinsic relation to His holy character because this character remains hidden. The depth of sin can therefore be easily discounted. Today ...Read More

  • Marcion’s Challenge

    1 Corinthians 10:1–6

    Most professing Christians today would not think of altering the biblical text, but there is a widespread, often unspoken belief that the God of the Old Testament became nicer in the New Testament. But the God revealed in both testaments ...Read More

  • Montanism

    Ephesians 4:4–6

    Even today there is a tendency to distinguish between different kinds of believers in some corners of the church. We hear of “Spirit-filled” and “non-Spirit-filled” Christians. Some also make a distinction between “carnal” and “spiritual” believers. But all those who ...Read More

  • Once For All Delivered

    Jude 3–4

    The faith that was once for all delivered to the saints is assaulted in a variety of ways in our day. Some overtly deny Gospel truth. Some add new revelations from the “spirit” or church tradition to the apostolic testimony ...Read More