• A Good Crop

    Hebrews 6:7–8

    Some Christians think that they have committed the sin of apostasy, thus demonstrating that they were never really saved. But the very fact that they worry about it might show that the Holy Spirit is working in their hearts to ...Read More

  • A Helpful Reminder

    2 Peter 1:12

    Scripture emphasizes both the importance of remembering basic Christian doctrines (1 Peter 2:2–3) as well as the need to build upon them (Heb. 6:1–2). We must continually seek to grow in our knowledge of the Savior ...Read More

  • A Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3–5

    John Calvin tells us that 1 Peter begins with a description of our indestructible hope so that we may “enjoy the invaluable treasure of a future life; and also that we may not be broken down by present troubles, but ...Read More

  • An Abiding Possession

    Hebrews 10:34

    Where do you fix your hope? Are your eyes on the perfection of heaven or have you become overly concerned with the things of this world? Look at your life — your goals, how you spend your money, your concerns, and ...Read More

  • An Insolent Generation

    Hebrews 3:10b–11

    God’s warning that we might not enter the promise is a real warning. Only those who keep their faith in Christ will finally be saved. But only Christ can keep us in our faith. He keeps us in faith ...Read More

  • Apostasy

    1 John 2:19

    Since we cannot see the hearts of others, we cannot assume that those who now repudiate the faith they once professed have actually left the fold permanently. This means that we should pray for those who appear to be apostate ...Read More

  • A Received Doctrine

    Romans 8:29–30

    Regardless of the position we take on election, Dr. R.C. Sproul reminds us that the debate between Augustinianism and semi-Pelagianism is an intramural debate between Christians. Therefore, we must treat with respect and charity all those holding to the ...Read More

  • By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone

    Ephesians 2:8

    The doctrine of irresistible grace is quite simple — if God wants us, then He will get us. Though He may allow us to resist His call for a time, if He has chosen to set His grace on us, then ...Read More

  • Chosen in Christ

    Ephesians 1:4

    John Calvin comments, “The name of Christ excludes all merit, and everything which men have of their own; for when he says that we are chosen in Christ, it follows that in ourselves we are unworthy.” May we never think ...Read More

  • Chosen in Love

    Ephesians 1:5-6

    The wonder of divine election is not that God loves us because we are lovely but that He loves us even though there is nothing lovely in us. But in choosing us, He loves us in order to make us ...Read More

  • Christ Alone

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    Mankind’s failure to meet the Lord’s standard of perfection is an essential part of the gospel message, and the covenant of works informs us of His standard. Jesus did not come to give us our best life now ...Read More

  • Disciplining Blasphemers

    1 Timothy 1:19b-20

    Church discipline is much-neglected today largely because professing Christians have adopted the pervasive attitude in modern Western culture that says authority to determine right and wrong resides in the individual. Scripture, however, gives the church real authority, and the pronouncements ...Read More

  • Dying in Faith

    Hebrews 11:13–16

    Do you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ as one of His sheep, or are you counted among the goats who serve another master? If you trust in Jesus alone, then you can be sure that He will receive you ...Read More

  • Endure With Confidence

    Hebrews 10:35–36

    We have been discussing at length the importance of the means God uses to keep us in the faith. However, as much as we are commanded to persevere, our confidence must not be in our own abilities but in Christ ...Read More

  • Eternal Security

    Joshua 4:1–9

    God promises that those whom He foreknew and predestined He has also glorified (Rom. 8:30). God’s mighty acts of redemption show us that when God promises something, He always fulfills that promise. Remember the ways in which God ...Read More