• The Abrahamic Covenant

    Genesis 12:1-2; 15:1-6

    Faith demonstrates that justification is the work of God to which we contribute nothing. Justifying faith receives and rests in the Lord’s promises through Jesus Christ and nothing else. Abraham was declared righteous because He recognized that the Lord ...Read More

  • The Abrahamic Covenant, Part 2

    Genesis 15:7–21

    Our salvation is wholly of the Lord. He took the initiative in becoming incarnate to keep the covenant on our behalf and then died a violent death, which God intended to save us from the covenant curse (Gal. 3:10 ...Read More

  • The Apostolic and Prophetic Word

    Ephesians 3:5

    The nature of the fuller revelation under the administration of the new covenant means that we must always interpret the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. As much as possible, we read the old covenant revelation through the ...Read More

  • The Blood of Christ

    Hebrews 9:13–14

    All believers have struggled at one point or another with the assurance of their salvation. It is a mistake, however, to look to our inner feelings over against looking toward the One who guarantees salvation. We are sure of salvation ...Read More

  • The Burnt Offering

    Leviticus 1

    Knowing that God is so holy that He must execute His wrath encourages us to see that no wrong will escape His judgment. Knowing that God is so merciful that He allows a substitute to bear His wrath in our ...Read More

  • The Centrality of Passover

    Numbers 9:1–14

    The importance of the Passover to the life of the old covenant people of God should clue us in on the centrality of the new covenant sacraments to the Christian life. These ordinances are not to be neglected but are ...Read More

  • The Covenant Fulfilled

    1 Corinthians 15:20-24

    We say we are saved by grace alone — which is absolutely true. But this grace is only available to us at Christ’s expense. Only because He came and perfectly fulfilled the covenant of works could God graciously impute His ...Read More

  • The Covenant Meal

    Exodus 24:1–11

    Even today a meal can be a special sign of love and that the parties involved are in fellowship with each other. Having meals with other believers, therefore, is a good way to further peace among the brethren and to ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Grace

    Genesis 3

    Scripture often depicts the Lord as One who is slow to anger and patient with sinners (Ex. 34:6). The fact that He did not destroy Adam and Eve right away after they sinned in Eden is perhaps the best ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Redemption

    John 6:37

    Any doubt we have regarding the security of our salvation is immediately assuaged when we realize that our redemption is grounded in a covenant made among the persons of the Trinity. He cannot lie or break His pact, so we ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Redemption

    John 6:37

    The covenant of redemption tells us that salvation is from start to finish the work of the triune God. Creation, fall, redemption, and consummation were planned from eternity past, and the Lord committed Himself to working out in time the ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Works

    Genesis 2:15-17

    Adam represented all of his naturally conceived-and-born descendants in Eden, which means that when he broke the covenant, we were all declared covenant breakers. We enter the world bound to fulfill the covenant of works and yet already condemned for ...Read More

  • The Davidic Covenant

    Amos 9:11–15

    Precisely because God is sovereign over all things, He will always be able to fulfill the promises He has made. Yet He is not obligated to keep them according to how we think they ought to be kept. The Lord ...Read More

  • The Davidic Covenant

    2 Samuel 7:1-17

    God’s gracious promise to David reminds us that God’s mercy does not come at the expense of His justice. The Lord pledged to discipline David’s line, which ultimately alludes to the justice that the Messiah would receive ...Read More

  • The Day of Atonement

    Leviticus 16

    The requirement for the people to afflict themselves on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:29–34), a shorthand reference to self-examination and repentance, was a clear sign that the sacrifices on that day would be effectual only when the ...Read More