• Paul’s View of the Apostles

    Galatians 2:6

    Critical to today’s passage is the understanding that the Jerusalem apostles added nothing to Paul’s gospel. Paul was called later, but that did not make his preaching deficient. At any rate, in the final analysis there are no ...Read More

  • The Galatian Problem

    Galatians 1:6–7

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians states, “Since Paul by his own experience teaches us that congregations which are won by great labor are easily and soon overthrown, we ought with singular care to watch against the devil ranging everywhere ...Read More

  • The Judgment of Jerusalem

    Matthew 24:29–31

    Today’s passage reminds us of our need to read each biblical passage according to the type of literature it happens to be. For example, passages that are apocalyptic (symbolic depictions of God’s wrath and vindication) cannot be read ...Read More

  • Desecrating the Sanctuary

    Matthew 24:23–28

    In the days ahead we will look further at how the destruction of Jerusalem vindicates Jesus’ teaching and how it resulted from the nation’s rejection of the Messiah. For now, be reminded of the disaster that ensues when we ...Read More

  • Running for the Hills

    Matthew 24:15–22

    Jesus words in today’s passage indicate that it is not necessarily wrong for believers to flee when calamity comes or when men rise to persecute the church. Certainly, if we are caught we must be willing to die for ...Read More

  • Signs of the End

    Matthew 24:9–14

    The fact that the Gospel had been proclaimed to the Roman world by the late middle of the first century does not mean that the task of world evangelization has been completed. People from every tribe, nation, and tongue will ...Read More

  • Peter, the Rock

    Matthew 16:13–20

    When we study Scripture, we should be careful not to let the excesses of opposing positions unduly influence our own applications of the text. All the teachings of those with whom we disagree may not necessarily be wrong, and we ...Read More

  • Three Gifts for the King

    Matthew 2:11–12

    If our Lord at times seems “crazy” or “foolish” to the world because of His life and message (Mark 3:20–21), we can expect the world to feel the same about us when we are true to Him. Unfortunately ...Read More

  • Fourteen Generations

    Matthew 1:12–17

    We are not yet certain why Matthew’s genealogy differs from Luke’s, but this ought not cause confusion. Scripture has been proven trustworthy time and again, and differences such as these cannot be contradictions (Heb. 6:18). Thus, our ...Read More

  • The Tax Collector

    Matthew 1:1

    Even in the very first verse of his gospel, Matthew tells us that Jesus fulfills God’s promises to His people. As the “son of Abraham,” Jesus is revealed as the one through whom Abraham will bless the nations (Gen ...Read More

  • Jacob Outwits Laban

    Genesis 30:37–43

    It is a great comfort to know that when the Lord purposes to bless us, there is nothing that can stop Him. We who confess Him never take this for granted, but live holy lives in gratitude for choosing us ...Read More

  • The Point of No Return

    Luke 16:19–31

    Second Corinthians 6:2b tells us “now is the day of salvation.” If we put off trusting in Christ, like the rich man in Jesus’ parable, we may not have an opportunity to trust Him later on. Today the Savior ...Read More

  • Every Tribe and Tongue

    Revelation 5

    Jesus’ disciples were very much concerned with the restoration of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). While we do not know all the reasons why Christ did not consummate His kingdom two thousand years ago, we do see that ...Read More

  • God’s Determination

    Genesis 6:12–13

    As Christians, we are all concerned to place Christ at the center of our lives. However, putting Jesus at the center of our attention involves more than just intellectual assent to His teaching or a verbal affirmation of trust. As ...Read More

  • Explicit Vs. Implicit

    1 Corinthians 10:1–11

    Sometimes we downplay the importance of narratives for determining doctrine because they are generally less explicit than other portions of Scripture. Numbers 23:19, however, shows us that even narratives contain didactic statements. As you read biblical narratives, look out ...Read More