• The Privileges of Israel

    Romans 9:4-5

    Throughout the rest of Romans 9-11, Paul will explain that Israel has not been rejected but enlarged so that God’s chosen nation now includes everyone who believes in Christ, Jew and Gentile alike. Thus, if we have faith in ...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

  • 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

  • The Sin Offering

    Leviticus 4:1–5:13

    That an intentional sin is not always a high-handed sin is seen in God’s willingness to forgive sins that were clearly intentional (2 Sam. 11–12). Only those who are unconverted may sin with a high hand, for a ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Power

    Isaiah 63:7-14

    In our day there is much talk of the power of the Spirit, and people want to see this power displayed “dramatically” in physical healings and other such phenomena. While we certainly confess the Spirit’s freedom and ability to ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Truth

    John 14:15-26

    The ministry of the Spirit is not to reveal new things outside of Scripture but to teach us all that our Savior taught. Learning to hear the Spirit is a lifelong task of reading His Word and developing our ability ...Read More

  • The Twelve Tribes of Israel

    Genesis 49:1-28

    Because we are grafted into the tree of Israel by faith when we trust in Christ alone, we can be assured that we will enjoy the future glory promised to Israel. Even when things look darkest for the church, we ...Read More

  • The Will Takes Effect

    Hebrews 9:16–17

    Have you ever received an inheritance through the will of a departed loved one? This poignant analogy describes the deep love that Jesus has for the elect of God. He truly desires them to receive His blessings. Give thanks for ...Read More

  • They Could Not Endure

    Hebrews 12:20–21

    It is easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives and forget the tremendous benefits we have living under the new covenant. Unlike most of old covenant Israel, we have access into the very presence of God Himself. Take ...Read More

  • This Melchizedek

    Hebrews 7:1

    Read the account of Melchizedek and Abraham found in Genesis 14:17–24 in preparation for our study over the next few days. Note that even in the earliest days of redemption, God sent the king of Salem to bless ...Read More

  • This Time Next Year

    Genesis 17:20–21

    We are reminded that salvation is wholly from God when we see the many miraculous births in Scripture. Of course, the preeminent example of this is Jesus’ nativity, as He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and ...Read More

  • Tithes from Abraham

    Hebrews 7:4–6

    Our Lord is not unconcerned with history. He does not just keep restarting His plan in a brand new way but, as we have seen with Melchizedek, always unfolds His plan in a way that has continuity with the past ...Read More

  • To Mount Zion

    Hebrews 12:22–23

    Because of our new position, our worship is more than just a collection of earthly believers or the offering of a single individual. Rather, when we worship in Spirit and truth, we join the great throng already surrounding the throne ...Read More