• Honoring God’s Holy Name

    Isaiah 8:13

    Fundamentally, revering God as holy means trusting His promises and obeying His commandments. In other words, we must recognize first that He is holy and that we are unholy, and we must rest only in His Son, Christ Jesus, in ...Read More

  • God the Holy Spirit

    Genesis 1:1–2

    We do not totally understand what it means for the Father to be unbegotten, the Son to be begotten, and the Spirit to proceed. As Augustine once said, we use these terms not because we can define them fully but ...Read More

  • Sonship by Nature

    John 1:12–14

    Even though we are not children of God by nature, we become His sons and daughters when we are united by faith to Christ Jesus. As such, we enjoy the immense privilege of calling God “Father” and understanding the special ...Read More

  • Providence and Gratitude

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of the pain in and of itself, but because we know the Lord is working in it for His glory and our good. Let us cultivate a grateful attitude toward God, informed by the knowledge that everything is truly in His hand.Read More

  • God is in the Details

    Matthew 10:28–31

    The control God exercises over everything that ever happens demonstrates that there is some significance to all that we do. In turn, this means that we should give thought to our actions and how we spend our time. The Lord ...Read More

  • God’s Powerful Sustaining Word

    Hebrews 1:3

    Understanding the importance of God’s sustaining providence should make us profoundly grateful for all things. Every moment we are alive to experience the joys and blessings He brings our way is a gift of His grace. Therefore, we should ...Read More

  • In the Beginning, God

    Genesis 1:1

    The Creator-creature distinction is fundamental to biblical theology. Every act of sin arises when we forget that we are not the Creator and then attempt to live by our own rules. Every orthodox summary of theology submits itself to what ...Read More

  • Augustine on Faith and Reason Part I

    John 17:17

    Whenever human beings come to a knowledge of the truth, it is because the Lord has illumined His revelation. Even impenitent sinners sometimes submit to His natural revelation, but they do not do so consistently. This explains why even the ...Read More

  • Arianism

    John 1:1–18

    Arius’ teaching — Arianism — is alive today in cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It may also be held unwittingly by Christians who have not received good teaching and believe, implicitly, that the Father is a “higher” God than the ...Read More

  • Modalistic Monarchianism

    John 17:1–5

    Today’s study describes a heresy known as either modalistic monarchianism or modalism. It is alive and well today in some varieties of Pentecostalism. Analogies that compare God to water (vapor, liquid, and ice) are also essentially modalistic, even though ...Read More

  • Three Distinct Persons

    Matthew 3:13–17

    John Calvin says, “[The] Father and Son and Spirit are one God, yet the Son is not the Father, nor the Spirit the Son, but … they are differentiated by a peculiar quality” (Institutes 1.13.5). The Father is God ...Read More

  • One True Eternal God

    Deuteronomy 6:4

    Christian monotheism is vastly different from the monotheism found in Islam and modern rabbinic Judaism. We are not unitarians who simply have a different name for the same God others worship. Those who deny the Trinity deny the deity of ...Read More

  • Three Essential Articles

    1 Peter 1:2

    In John 8:24, Jesus tells us that unless we believe He is God, we will die in our sins. But we can only understand the deity of the Son of God rightly if we understand that He, like the ...Read More

  • The Gifts God Gives

    James 1:12–18

    James focuses here on one excuse we may use to rationalize our sin. We are not only practiced sinners but practiced rationalizers. We do not hesitate to blame our environment or genetics or the sovereignty of God. Some even claim ...Read More

  • Logos

    John 1:1–18

    The idea that God is personal is a radical one indeed. Ultimate reality in Hinduism and Buddhism is impersonal. Islam and Judaism know something of a personal God due to the influence of the Bible on Muhammad and the rabbis ...Read More