• No Darkness At All

    1 John 1:5

    Many non-Christian scholars of religion stress the difference between man and God to such a degree that they end up saying we cannot truly know anything about Him at all. The incarnation affirms that despite the Creator’s transcendence, God ...Read More

  • Vessels of Destruction

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all ...Read More

  • The Restrainer

    2 Thessalonians 2:1–12

    Knowing the identity of the restrainer mentioned in today’s passage would indeed be a good thing for our understanding of this text. However, whether or not we are ever clear of the identity of this restrainer, the important point ...Read More

  • God and Time

    2 Peter 3:8

    We gain a helpful perspective on prayer by remembering that God’s relation to time is different than our own. It can be easy to grow impatient when God takes years to answer prayer. If we are not careful, we ...Read More

  • Condemned to Extinction

    2 Peter 2:5–8

    The Bible is filled with contrasts between the ways of the righteous and the ways of the wicked. Though only the perfect righteousness of Christ can justify a person, those who have been justified endeavor to obey God’s righteous ...Read More

  • His Divine Power

    2 Peter 1:3–4

    Though we can partake of the divine nature and do things such as love others and show mercy, we must never forget that we are creatures and He is the Creator. We cannot possess omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, yet the ...Read More

  • The Eyes of the Lord

    1 Peter 3:10–12

    When we relate the command to bless our enemies to the rest of Scripture we may fall into one of two extremes. We can either put ourselves into unnecessary dangers by refusing always to defend ourselves, or we can use ...Read More

  • Be Holy

    1 Peter 1:14–16

    The holiness that Peter speaks of is to permeate our entire being. It is to be reflective of who we are, how we think, what we do, and what we say. If you are in Christ, God has already set ...Read More

  • He Gives More Grace

    James 4:6

    If we were to take an honest look at our lives, we all could find times when we have made ourselves friends with the world. We have compromised God’s principles for money, status, or power, choosing not to live ...Read More

  • Hands of the Living God

    Hebrews 10:30–31

    John Owen writes concerning these verses: “People are prone not to think about this. But God’s judgment exists and will be dreadful, terrible, and eternally destructive of everything that is not good.” These warnings are real. If we do ...Read More

  • If God Permits

    Hebrews 6:2–3

    All of life is lived under the all-encompassing sovereignty of God. Though we make many plans in life, we will only be able to carry them out if God is so willing. When you make plans for the future, be ...Read More

  • Exposed to God

    Hebrews 4:13

    Though written thousands of years ago to a culture very different from our own, Scripture still communicates God’s Word to us today. The power of the Bible to convict us and lead us lies in the fact that it ...Read More

  • Sabbath Rest for God

    Hebrews 4:4–5

    Some believe that had Adam not fallen into sin, he would have entered an even greater rest than the one enjoyed in Eden. While we cannot be sure of this, we do know that we will enjoy an even greater ...Read More

  • Law of Noncontradiction

    Numbers 23:19

    The Lord of the Universe is trustworthy. When He reveals Himself to us, He reveals Himself truly. If contradiction and truth could exist side by side, we would be left with a God whom we could never know or trust ...Read More

  • A Helpless People

    1 Samuel 13:16-23

    It seems that the Israelites were trusting in Saul and that Saul was trusting in himself, but no one was trusting God. The result was predictably negative. Likewise, trusting anything other than God will have negative consequences for us. Examine ...Read More