• Abounding Love

    Philippians 1:9–11

    Only by faith do we lay hold of Christ’s righteousness, which alone gets us into heaven. Yet we can also get additional rewards in heaven if we serve God faithfully. These rewards, however, are still grounded in faith because ...Read More

  • A Holy and Redeemed People

    Isaiah 62:12

    God intervened two thousand years ago to cleanse His people and make them holy, first in His declaration and then in their Spirit-enabled practice. Of course, we still struggle with sin as we wait for this work to be finished ...Read More

  • A Life Worthy of the Gospel

    Philippians 1:27

    We can by no means overestimate our need of the Christian community for our own faithfulness to our Savior in this world. All of the greatest leaders in church history had the support of fellow believers, and they were thereby ...Read More

  • A Narrow Gate; a Hard Way

    Matthew 7:13–14

    Matthew Henry summarizes Jesus’ teaching in today’s passage: “We must endure hardship, must wrestle and be in agony, must watch in all things, and walk with care and circumspection. We must go through much tribulation.” Christ’s way is ...Read More

  • An Attitude of Contentment

    Romans 7:7–8

    Western culture does everything it can to stoke the fires of discontentment. Politicians pander to class envy. Advertisers depict products in a way that makes us think we must own them if life is to be worthwhile. Hollywood tells us ...Read More

  • A Parting Of Ways

    Genesis 33:12–17

    Our struggle to be sanctified can leave us discouraged at times, but we should not lose heart, for the Lord will indeed make us holy (Rev. 19:6–8). As long as we are, by faith, making use of the ...Read More

  • As He Is Righteous

    1 John 3:7–8

    By His death and resurrection Jesus broke the power of Satan in order to destroy his evil works. Jesus has secured this victory but has not yet consummated it, and He has given us a role to play in destroying ...Read More

  • Augustine’s View of Man

    Psalm 139

    Those who are not Christians still seek understanding based on Christian assumptions. For example, scientists can draw universally applicable conclusions from experiments only by assuming a regularity to how the world operates. Such regularity is possible only if a covenant-keeping ...Read More

  • Avoid Idols

    1 John 5:20–21

    What are those things you put in place of the living God? Are you consumed with fame and fortune? Do you pursue work to the point of neglecting private and public worship of the Lord? Perhaps you are tempted to ...Read More

  • Be Diligent

    2 Peter 3:14

    Only if we are in Christ will we be spotless and therefore pure enough to enter the world to come. His righteousness imputed to us in justification will be the only thing that secures our entry into heaven. However, our ...Read More

  • Beware the Love of Money

    1 Timothy 6:10

    Matthew Henry comments, “People may have money, and yet not love it; but, if they love it inordinately, it will push them on to all evil.” The line between the pursuit of money for godly ends and the love of ...Read More

  • Blessed are the Pure in Heart

    Matthew 5:8

    The greatest glory of heaven is not that we will be free of pain, as wonderful as that will be. Instead, the ability to enjoy direct, face-to-face communion with God and see that for which our souls were created will ...Read More

  • Christ Our Wisdom

    Colossians 2:3

    The gospel is scandalous to unbelievers even though Christ is the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:18–31). But it is important to note that the message is to be scandalous, not our actions. We must take care not ...Read More

  • Considering Ourselves Properly

    Romans 6:11

    If we look at sanctification as making ourselves holy, we will be driven to despair, for how can we make ourselves pure? We do cooperate with God in sanctification, but we do not make ourselves holy. He has made us ...Read More

  • Deadly Poison

    James 3:1–12

    On Pentecost, God gave His own tongues of fire to set the world aflame as a holy sacrifice to Him. When James criticizes our tongues as evil fires, he implies that we have made ourselves gods. Take a careful look ...Read More