• Idolatry and Restoration

    Psalm 78:40–66

    Though much of the focus of today’s passage is on the failure of the Israelites due to idolatry, we can find greatly encouraging the concluding note of hope in which God arises to rescue His people. Even when the ...Read More

  • The Discipline of the Lord

    Proverbs 3:11-12

    God does not delight in seeing His children suffer; rather, He imposes discipline for the greater good of our maturity in Christ. The discipline that we feel for our sin is not a sign that God hates us or is ...Read More

  • A Call for Us to Remember

    Psalm 106:6-48

    We are a forgetful people who tend to view our record of faithfulness to the Lord as being much better than it actually is. Thus, it is helpful for us not to forget when we have transgressed His law. We ...Read More

  • Saved to Testify

    Psalm 119:41-48

    When we are in a right relationship with the Lord, we see His law as a law of freedom. Having been freed from the burden of having to keep the law perfectly for our justification—for Christ has done that ...Read More

  • Abounding in Hope

    Romans 15:13

    Even though the subjective experience of peace and joy will wax and wane to some degree over the course of our walk with Christ, we should nevertheless expect our sense of peace and joy to grow stronger as we mature ...Read More

  • Faith and Acting Against Conscience

    Romans 14:23

    John Calvin comments, “Every work, however splendid and excellent in appearance, is counted as sin, except it be founded on a right conscience; for God regards not the outward display, but the inward obedience of the heart.” If we are ...Read More

  • Keeping Faith to Yourself

    Romans 14:22a

    Commentators on this passage also note that the idea of keeping our faith to ourselves does not mean we may never share with weaker believers our convictions regarding matters where God has left us free. We may, and indeed must ...Read More

  • The Weak in Faith

    Romans 14:1

    John Calvin comments, “They who are strong should spend their labor in assisting the weak, and that they who have made the greatest advances should bear with the more ignorant. For God, by making us stronger than others, does not ...Read More

  • Renewing Your Mind

    Romans 12:2

    As Reformed evangelical Christians, we are quick to emphasize the importance of personal Bible study. But do our words match our practice? Scripture does not set out some program of reading that must be followed in order to be a ...Read More

  • The Miracle of Restoration

    Romans 11:23-24

    Scripture teaches that the elect can never fall away finally, but it also tells us that the Lord works in and through our decisions to keep us from such a fall. The Bible’s warnings about falling away are real ...Read More

  • The Jews and the Resurrection

    Romans 11:13-15

    Scripture often speaks in corporate categories, talking about the salvation of entire groups without meaning that every single person who is a part of that group will be saved. We see that in today’s passage, as Paul speaks of ...Read More

  • Riches for the World

    Romans 11:11-12

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “The nation had not fallen [so far], so that he who is a Jew must necessarily perish or be alienated from God.” Though the Israel according to the flesh has been resistant to ...Read More

  • By Grace, Not Works

    Romans 11:6

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “These two concepts—grace and works—are mutually exclusive… . It is one or the other, grace or works.” A day does not go by in which we are not tempted to ...Read More

  • God’s Chosen Remnant

    Romans 11:1-5

    Ethnic Gentiles continue to vastly outnumber ethnic Jews in the company of God’s people. However, the fact that some Jews do believe in Jesus is proof of the Lord’s faithfulness to His Word. He has not rejected ethnic ...Read More

  • Faith and the Work of Christ

    Romans 10:16-18

    In his commentary on today’s passage in his book Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that hearing the gospel is a necessary condition for salvation, but it is not a sufficient condition. Something else is needed, and that is ...Read More