• Providence and God’s Inheritance

    Ephesians 1:11-12

    Our Creator does not need anything from us, which makes it all the more remarkable that He purposed in eternity past to make us His own inheritance. This is a great privilege, and it is due entirely to His sovereign ...Read More

  • In the Fullness of Time

    Ephesians 1:10

    On the last day, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled, and throughout the universe, all creatures great and small will honor Christ. Our task as we anticipate this final day is twofold. First, we must live as He has ...Read More

  • The Abundance of Blessing in Christ

    Ephesians 1:3

    Between the birth and the return of Jesus, the age to come overlaps with the present age. To be blessed in Christ is to enjoy a foretaste of future blessings — intimacy with God, true life, and even, at times, many ...Read More

  • Sovereign Separation

    Philemon 15-16

    Slowness to identify God’s design is important when we deal with tragedies. Too often we unhelpfully “identify” a specific lesson that the Lord is teaching to hurting people. Generally speaking, we know all things happen to help us learn ...Read More

  • Honoring God

    Romans 1:18-32

    The flippant references about God and lack of respect for authority that are rampant in our culture reflect the primal sin of not giving honor to the Creator. Unfortunately, even those of us in the church are not entirely guiltless ...Read More

  • Putting Sin to Death

    Colossians 3:5-6

    Understanding that we are already holy in Christ should not be confused with the perfectionism that we often see in other theological traditions. We will not be free from the struggle with sin before we are glorified, but knowing that ...Read More

  • The Grounding of Hope

    Colossians 1:3-5a

    The apostles often refer to Christian hope in the New Testament, and it is easy for us to read our modern understanding of the term into Scripture, believing that Christian hope lacks certainty. But our hope as Christians does not ...Read More

  • Only One Gospel

    Romans 1:16-17

    The gospel tells us that we can become citizens of Christ’s kingdom through faith in Him alone. Yet we often try to complicate this simple message by adding additional requirements for citizenship. Whether we do this consciously or unconsciously ...Read More

  • Good News of Life

    Isaiah 25:1-9

    Jesus’ promise of eternal life to all those who believe the gospel was not new with His arrival, for it was promised by God throughout the history of Israel. All of God’s people in every generation have known that ...Read More

  • The First Gospel

    Genesis 3:15

    The protevangelium, or first gospel, of Genesis 3:15 declares that God’s kingdom will once more be present in its fullness when Satan is destroyed. Christ came and dealt the crushing blow to the Devil, triumphing over him and ...Read More

  • Weeping for God’s People

    Nehemiah 1:4-11

    The most important reformation of all is the reformation of the church. When the people of God return to Him and submit themselves anew to the Word, then the Lord moves in powerful ways among them. Submission to the Word ...Read More

  • Restoration Fulfilled?

    2 Chronicles 36:22-23

    Even though the citizens of Judah returned to the Promised Land beginning around 538 BC, the restoration did not take place as God had foretold — on account of impenitence. Hundreds of years after the return, He sent His one and ...Read More

  • God’s Promise of Restoration

    Leviticus 26:40-45

    There are consequences for disobeying the Lord, but He also promises to restore all sinners who turn to Him in faith, no matter what they have done. Until Christ returns or death occurs, whichever comes first, there is always hope ...Read More

  • The Servant’s Ransom

    Mark 10:42-45

    It truly boggles the mind to think that the sovereign Lord of creation became incarnate to perform a great service for us — the paying of the ransom price to release us from bondage to sin. Such a gift can never ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Plentiful Redemption

    Psalm 130

    Fundamentally, Christ saves us from the penalty and power of sin. Yet His deliverance does not stop there. Our Savior also delights to make all things new, empowering us to mend fences with others, bring joy where there was once ...Read More