• Profaning the Blood

    Hebrews 10:28-29

    Too many churches today encourage unbelievers to take Jesus on “a test drive.” People outside the church are encouraged to join churches without clear professions of faith. If you are a church member and do not believe in Christ, repent ...Read More

  • The Promised Land

    Deuteronomy 8:7–10

    In Romans 1:18–32, Paul locates humanity’s most basic sin in our refusal as fallen creatures to honor God “or give thanks to him.” Lack of gratitude for all of God’s blessings is the first step toward ...Read More

  • Promised Land Denied

    Hebrews 3:18–19

    When Jesus says “if you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15), He points out the close connection between belief and obedience. Because Jesus is God, His commandments are found from Genesis 1 all the way to ...Read More

  • Refuse Him Not

    Hebrews 12:25

    John Owen writes that not refusing Him who speaks “is a command to believe and obey God. Anything less than this is refusing him who speaks. It is not enough to give a hearing, as we say, unless we also ...Read More

  • Regulations for Worship

    Hebrews 9:1–5

    Although it is not emphasized here, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus is the true Temple of God. Just as God dwelt with His people in the temple under the old covenant, He has dwelt among us in the ...Read More

  • A Required Reckoning

    Genesis 9:5–7

    John Calvin writes in his commentary on today’s passage: “No one can be injurious to his brother without wounding God himself.” As we have seen already, how we treat others reveals what we really think of the Lord (James ...Read More

  • Resembling the Son

    Hebrews 7:2–3

    In comparing Christ to Melchizedek it can be easy to think that the primary focus is on how Christ resembles Melchizedek. But in 7:3 we are told that it is Melchizedek who resembles Christ. As you seek to emulate ...Read More

  • Rest for God’s People

    Hebrews 4:9–10

    Just like the possession of Canaan, the weekly Sabbath is a type of the rest to come. As we set aside time weekly to enjoy the Lord by worshiping Him, we anticipate the eternal Sabbath worship to come. When you ...Read More

  • Restoration in the North

    Matthew 4:12–17

    The restoration of Israel will be much greater than we could have anticipated. God’s people will include not only those physical sons of Abraham who have faith in Jesus the Messiah but also Gentiles who trust in Him. Both ...Read More

  • The Revelation of Mystery

    Ephesians 3:3

    Cults commonly claim to have special teachings that are available only to a few who are wise enough to understand them or have enough money to buy this knowledge. This is far different from biblical Christianity, which assumes that God ...Read More

  • The Riches of God’s Mystery

    Colossians 1:27

    It is all too easy for us to think of other people as lesser Christians than we are because of the way they dress, what they eat and drink, how knowledgeable they are about the finer points of theological arguments ...Read More

  • The Sacrifices of the Law

    Hebrews 10:1–2

    The Law is the shadow, but Christ is the reality. He is the fulfillment of all that came before Him. He made real atonement for our sin. He makes real intercession for our salvation. He has done that which we ...Read More

  • Saved to the Uttermost

    Hebrews 7:25

    Without the intercession of Christ we have no hope. But if Christ intercedes for you, you can be assured that He will complete your salvation. Hebrews 7:25 tells us that Christ only intercedes for those who draw near to ...Read More

  • Separated from Christ

    Ephesians 2:12a

    In the modern world, it can be easy to think our non-Christian neighbors are not really all that bad off because many of them enjoy a high standard of living. Yet, to be separated entirely from the covenants of promise ...Read More

  • Shadow Versus Substance

    Colossians 2:16-17

    We might envy the old covenant saints because we do not usually see great seas parted, manna falling from heaven, and other “spectacular” displays of God’s power. But we are in a far better position than the old covenant ...Read More