• God-Given Growth

    Colossians 2:19

    There is a sinful tendency in all of us to cut ourselves off from Christ, the Head of the body of Christ and only source of life-sustaining nourishment. It may not display itself overtly in false worship as it did ...Read More

  • God in Christ

    Colossians 2:9-10

    To say that all we need is Christ for growth in grace is not somehow to make the Word of God, the sacraments, or the church superfluous. Jesus, by His Spirit, dwells in us, but remaining sin means that we ...Read More

  • God’s Display of His Love

    Romans 5:6–8

    It is not merely that the perfect God-man died for imperfect people, though such is true as far as it goes. Instead, the perfect God-man died for those who hated His perfection, for those who were openly hostile to Him ...Read More

  • God’s Servant, the Branch

    Zechariah 3:6-10

    Just as Solomon and Zerubbabel, sons of David, built God’s temple during the old covenant period, so does Jesus Christ, the final Son of David, build God’s temple today during the new covenant period. Unlike the temple of ...Read More

  • God’s Son Is Called

    Matthew 2:13–15

    All of us who were once in sin were in slavery even if we had no earthly masters. Wickedness held sway over our every thought, decision, and action, but in Christ we have been rescued from this power and are ...Read More

  • God Will Swallow up Death Forever

    Isaiah 25

    Paul tells us that “the last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26) because he recognizes that death continues to plague creation even though Christ dealt it a mortal blow by His own death and resurrection. Death ...Read More

  • Greater than Moses

    Hebrews 3:3–4

    Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. The history of God’s people clearly demonstrates that God always has His Church on this earth. Ask God to help you remember that the Church will ...Read More

  • Helping the Tempted

    Hebrews 2:18

    Christ never sinned in any way, shape, or form — nor could He. His faithfulness even unto death means that we can receive salvation. It also means that we can overcome temptation even before we see Him in glory. Remember that ...Read More

  • Herod Slays the Children

    Matthew 2:16–18

    That the majority of Jews had not fulfilled the condition of repentance necessary for restoration (Jer. 29:10–14) when the Son of God became incarnate demonstrates that the fundamental problem for Israel was not Gentile domination but rather the ...Read More

  • He Shall Reign Forever

    Hebrews 1:7–9

    Christians are called “heirs of the kingdom” (James 2:5). We have received the King’s pardon on account of a sacrifice, but it is not just any sacrifice — the King of glory sacrificed Himself for our eternal righteousness, and ...Read More

  • He Who Comes in Clouds

    Daniel 7:9–14

    We may not often use the title Son of Man when we refer to Jesus, but we must never forget the reality behind it. Jesus alone is the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is His will that ...Read More

  • Holiness Incarnate

    John 6:60–69

    Because He is the Holy One of Israel, Jesus can, through the power of His Holy Spirit, make us into His holy people. As we grow older, we should be seeing this work of holiness progress in our lives, as ...Read More

  • Human Precepts and Teachings

    Colossians 2:21-22

    Scripture is actually a repetitive book, and we have seen a glimpse of this in Colossians 2 as Paul reminds us over and over that our obedience to law can do nothing to free us from evil. The Bible needs ...Read More

  • Imprisoned for Christ

    Ephesians 3:1

    We do not often stop to consider just how offensive the message of the cross is to unconverted hearts. Which sinner could possibly imagine that the omnipotent Creator would save His people through the weakness and ignoble death of the ...Read More

  • Inheritance by the Promise

    Galatians 3:17–18

    Ephesians 1:13–14 says the Holy Spirit is the “guarantee” of our inheritance. When Jesus returns to usher in the new heavens and earth (Rev. 21), the promises to Abraham will reach their consummation as we are blessed with ...Read More