• Overcoming the World

    1 John 5:4–5

    Do you believe Jesus is the divine Word of God who became incarnate for the sake of our salvation? Do you believe He is truly God and truly man? If so, this verse promises you will overcome the world. Are ...Read More

  • Paul’s Chief End

    Philippians 1:18b–20

    One evidence that we are truly in Christ is that we make His glory, and therefore the glory of the triune God, our chief end in life. As we pursue His glory and seek to lovingly obey Him in all ...Read More

  • Persevering in the Faith

    Philippians 2:12–18

    Read 2 Corinthians 3:18 and 4:16–5:8. What is the comfort of these passages? Does 2 Corinthians 4:16–5:8 represent your life with its struggles with sin and the weakness of the flesh? God has ...Read More

  • Resting Secure in the Lord

    Isaiah 26

    Read Isaiah 26. What assurances do you receive concerning your salvation? When you are afraid or discouraged, do you go to the Lord? Read Isaiah 26:12 out loud. Where does peace come from? Is it your works or God ...Read More

  • That You May Know

    1 John 5:13

    Many theological traditions deny we can be assured of eternal life. Roman Catholicism, for example, denies absolute assurance is possible for any except the greatest saints of the church. But as we can see today, God does want His children ...Read More

  • The Confidence We Have

    1 John 5:14–15

    God’s will is always accomplished, and we must remember that our prayers are meaningfully used by God to bring about His purposes. God has decided to use us to accomplish His ordained ends, and this privilege should move us ...Read More

  • The God Who Finishes What He Starts

    Philippians 1:6

    Perseverance of the saints and the doctrine of unconditional election go hand in hand. The comfort we find in the security we possess in Christ is also an inherent part of the biblical view of God’s sovereign, electing grace ...Read More

  • The Hope to Which We are Called

    Ephesians 1:18-20

    Our subjective confidence that we belong to Christ is a great blessing indeed, and it is available to all of those who are in Jesus. The Spirit will give us assurance even when we are alone (assuring us that in ...Read More

  • The Intercession of Christ

    Luke 22:31–34

    This promise of Christ’s intercession does not belong just to Peter, but to all whom He died for. All those who have found forgiveness in Him have the assurance of His intercession. Read John 17:20–26. What does ...Read More

  • The Only Foundation

    Isaiah 28:16–22

    What are you trusting in for salvation? Even if you are a professing believer, are you building your ministry to others on the foundation of Christ? Consider your life carefully—where is your confidence? If things go bad in this ...Read More

  • The Sealing of the Spirit

    Ephesians 1:13-14

    Matthew Henry comments, “This deposit makes it as sure to the heirs as though they already possessed it; and it is purchased for them by the blood of Christ.” The blood of Jesus cannot fail to purchase those for whom ...Read More

  • Those Who Fall Away

    1 Corinthians 10:12–13

    If you know someone who is a professing believer but who is in sin, there are two things you should do. Pray for that person to repent of his sin as David did before Nathan. You might even need to ...Read More

  • What About Hebrews 6?

    Hebrews 6

    Hebrews 10:26 says that a person who sins willfully cannot be brought back to salvation. Read Numbers 15:30–31. Hebrews must be read in light of the law. The willful sin here is a denial of the faith ...Read More

  • What is True Faith?

    Hebrews 11:1–3

    First Corinthians 13:12 indicates that faith is a virtue that will one day pass away. In glory we will see God face to face and will no longer need to hope in what is presently unseen. Until then, however ...Read More

  • Word and Deed

    Matthew 7:21–23

    God knows we will never be perfect in this life, but He does expect us to grow in faith and increasingly conform to Christ by loving our fellow Christians, understanding true doctrine, and following His precepts (1 John 3:23 ...Read More