• Our Pattern for Holiness

    Leviticus 19:1–2

    We are often tempted to trivialize God’s demand for holiness and instead look to somebody or something other than God as the standard by which we measure ourselves. Remember, though, that the Lord has pronounced judgment on His image ...Read More

  • Sanctification Demanded

    Leviticus 10:1–11

    John Calvin, in his commentary on today’s passage, notes how many people might view the Lord’s treatment of Nadab and Abihu as overly harsh. Yet, he writes, “If we reflect how holy a thing God’s worship is ...Read More

  • The High and Holy Place

    Isaiah 57:14–21

    The Lord is transcendent — high above us as our Lord and Sovereign. Yet this is not a distant and wrathful lordship, for in Christ we no longer have to fear eternal judgment. In fact, Jesus has made us friends with ...Read More

  • That Which Cannot Be Touched

    Hebrews 12:18–29

    We are not a people defined by Sinai and the covenant given there; rather, we are adopted into God’s family under the new covenant and enjoy the privilege of being able to come into His presence. We enter this ...Read More

  • God’s Fuller Revelation

    Psalm 68:1–18

    Legalism is the inevitable result when we fail to remember that the cross was the high point of redemptive history, not the covenant ratified at Sinai. As we meditate on the cross, we recall the glory seen in His death ...Read More

  • At the Foot of Sinai

    Exodus 19

    We must not try to find answers to questions God has never answered (Deut. 29:29). The Lord has told us all we need to know in this present sinful age, and trusting Him involves us acknowledging that there are ...Read More

  • The Holiness of Christ

    Mark 4:35–41

    One compelling evidence for the deity of Christ is that those who saw Him in His majesty reacted as Isaiah did when he was granted a vision of the Lord (see Isa. 6:1–6 and the passages for further ...Read More

  • The Meaning of Holiness

    Matthew 6:9–13

    How do you feel when the name of the Lord is taken in vain? Do you shudder in fear for those who do so, or has this common sacrilege become unnoticeable to you? Perhaps you are guilty of profaning His ...Read More

  • The Insanity of Luther

    Romans 1:16–17

    God’s demand for holiness is absolute. We have to be holy just as He is holy (Lev. 19:2), and we deserve His wrath when we fail. All men merit this judgment (Rom. 3:23), but in His grace ...Read More

  • Holiness and Justice

    Leviticus 10:1–3

    From delaying Adam’s eternal death after he sinned to the grace shown the church today, it is clear our Father gives mercy to the unworthy. But we must never use this grace as a license to sin or believe ...Read More

  • The Trauma of Holiness

    Isaiah 6:5–7

    How do you view your own good deeds? Have you convinced yourself that you are as holy as the Lord has commanded you to be? Maybe you take sin lightly, imagining that God is inherently obligated to forgive unrepentant transgressors ...Read More

  • The Holiness of God

    Isaiah 6:1–4

    Among the many differences between the Bible and other religious texts is its view of the unsurpassable holiness of God. His purity is absolute and essential to His being in Scripture; it is something He will not compromise (Heb. 12 ...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

  • The Ruler and Judge

    Revelation 1:9-19

    We have looked at ten encounters with Christ. We have seen people fall on their faces before Him while others walk away unaffected. We cannot gaze on His face—yet—but we can know Him through His Word. Let us ...Read More

  • Salvation from the Old Evils

    Luke 1:76-77

    The popular myth about God is that He is all love and no wrath. Such a “god” is a mere idol. The God of the Bible, before whom we shall all stand, is righteous, and does not tolerate sin. Open ...Read More