• Our New Lord and Master

    Romans 6:1–14

    Throughout the New Testament especially, we find that the evidence of true Christian faith is a life of gratitude in which our love for Jesus is proved by our willingness to obey Him (John 14:15). This does not mean ...Read More

  • Our Righteous Advocate

    1 John 2:1–2

    Even now, Jesus is pleading with the Father in our behalf, interceding for us that we might be forgiven, purified, and strengthened for holiness. To be sure, we work out our salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12–13 ...Read More

  • Our Union with Adam

    Romans 5:12

    Because Adam did not represent us well, we tend to grumble that God so worked. But we must be careful here, for our salvation is based on the perfect obedience of yet another representative—Christ. Continue to study through the ...Read More

  • Our Wisdom and God’s

    Proverbs 21:30-31

    God’s wisdom has the final say in all matters. No plan, no matter how well conceived or potent, can keep Him from accomplishing His purposes. His enemies can advance only as far as He allows, and what might look like ...Read More

  • Pain in Childbearing

    Genesis 3:16

    If you are a woman, take some time to consider today how the results of the fall have been evident in your own life. Do you find yourself fighting the temptation to control your husband? What do you withhold from ...Read More

  • Perfect Obedience

    Romans 5:18-19

    Paul’s comparisons of our unions with Adam and Christ show us how wrong we are in our tendency to think that some goodness in us motivated God to save us. We were lost, justly condemned. But God saved us ...Read More

  • Playing for Keeps

    Philippians 3:12–16

    Part of the discipline needed for spiritual growth is regular participation in the local church. Worship on Sunday wherein we hear the Word preached and see it made visible in the sacraments is vital to our long-term spiritual health. But ...Read More

  • The Practical Syllogism

    1 Timothy 1

    Take the one area in your life that you selected yesterday and apply the practical syllogism. Once again, look up passages that deal with this subject. Use these verses to write the first premise. Then prayerfully examine your own life ...Read More

  • Predestination and Confidence

    Romans 8:18–28

    That God is sovereign is nonnegotiable. If anything had power over God, that thing would have to be “god.” It would be the most powerful thing in the universe and would be due our worship and adoration. Thank and ...Read More

  • Presuming upon God’s Kindness

    Romans 2:3–5

    Martin Luther comments on today’s passage that “so great is the blindness of the sinner that he abuses to his own harm the things that have been given to him for his own benefit.” Though Paul has the Jews ...Read More

  • Presuming upon God’s Kindness

    Ecclesiastes 8:10–11

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “Sinners herein deceive themselves, for, though the sentence be not executed speedily, it will be executed the more severely at last. Vengeance comes slowly, but it comes surely, and wrath is in the mean ...Read More

  • The Price of a Man

    Luke 4:1-13

    Voices all around us are tempting us to give up our integrity, especially when others are not looking. Satan tempted Jesus to give in when no one else was around, but He resisted the lie that He would not be ...Read More

  • The Primal Sin of Humanity

    Romans 1:19–21

    Douglas J. Moo writes in his commentary on Romans, “At the very center of every person, where the knowledge of God, if it is to have any positive effects, must be embraced, there has settled a darkness—a darkness that ...Read More

  • Problems in Post-Exilic Judah

    Malachi 2

    Scripture tells us that marrying someone who does not share the beliefs of the covenant community leads to trouble. For example, Solomon’s marriages to pagan women led him astray and gave paganism a foothold in Israel (1 Kings 11:1 ...Read More

  • A Prophet without Honor

    Mark 6:1-4

    John Calvin comments, “It is not mere ignorance that hinders men, but that, of their own accord, they search after grounds of offense, to prevent them from following the path to which God invites.” People do not fail to ...Read More