• Good Works and Assurance

    2 Peter 1:3–11

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those who are growing in grace, and abounding in the work of the Lord, shall have an abundant entrance into the joy of their Lord, and they shall reign with him for ever and ever.” Although ...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

  • Job’s Hope of Resurrection

    Job 19:25–27

    When it looks as if injustice will prevail and we will never be vindicated for serving the Lord faithfully, the sure hope of resurrection and judgment remind us that all will be set right. We can look forward with assurance ...Read More

  • The Lord, Our Shepherd

    Psalm 23

    In Psalm 8, David asks the Lord why He is so mindful of human beings, creatures who can seem so insignificant in comparison to the grandeur of the rest of creation. We should never fail to marvel that the self-existent ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Established Purpose

    Proverbs 19:21

    Matthew Henry also writes, “What comfort does this speak to all God’s people, that all God’s purposes, which we are sure are right and good, shall be accomplished in due time!” The Lord will surely accomplish His will, and ...Read More

  • Luther Finds Assurance

    Romans 3:21–22a

    When we truly understand that Christ is enough, we can stand firm for truth in the midst of even the hardest circumstances. Knowing that He is guarding us and working for our good and His glory, we can do what ...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

  • Our Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3-5

    Jesus’ death is not significant because He was a good man who died but because He was a perfect man who died and rose again. The resurrection is certain proof that death has no rightful claim on those who obey ...Read More

  • Our Promised Victory

    Romans 16:20

    As Christians, we see the enemies of God tremble in fear as His kingdom grows. Sometimes that looks like a victory, from our perspective, as many people join the church and cultural standards move in the direction of godliness. Sometimes ...Read More

  • 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

  • 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