• God Does What the Law Cannot

    Romans 8:3

    Paul is insistent that Jesus is the answer to sin because He has done what God’s law cannot. It is not the law’s fault that it cannot justify sinful people; rather, it is our fault. Outside of Christ ...Read More

  • No Condemnation In Christ

    Romans 8:1-2

    As we strive to obey God and walk in the Spirit, we will find ourselves falling short. It is at those points that we must remember that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Our sins ...Read More

  • Missing the Mark

    James 4:17

    Human beings have a universal sense of oughtness. We know that we ought to meet certain standards. We know that we ought to be better than we are, and so we are always trying to improve ourselves morally, physically, spiritually ...Read More

  • The Law of the Mind vs. the Law of Sin

    Romans 7:22-23

    Though we have changed hearts if we truly believe in Christ, that does not mean we are not thoroughly affected by sin. Our minds, emotions, bodies, and everything else are tainted by our flesh—the fallenness that God does not ...Read More

  • Sinful Beyond Measure

    Romans 7:13

    Augustine of Hippo writes, “The law is given not to take away sin nor to deliver us from it but to reveal what sin is before grace comes. The result is that those who are placed under the law are ...Read More

  • Sin’s Perversion of the Law

    Romans 7:8-11

    In Romans 7:11, Paul says that sin uses the law to deceive fallen people. There are many ways that this can happen, but one of them is that sin often takes things that the law says are good in ...Read More

  • Knowing Sin

    Romans 7:7

    When we see that Paul refers to the law of God as good and holy (Rom. 7:7–12), we can better understand how the psalmist can declare his love for the law (Ps. 119:97). The holiness and goodness ...Read More

  • The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of Life

    Romans 6:22-23

    John Calvin comments, “Our salvation is altogether through the grace and mere beneficence of God… . It is through God’s gift we obtain it, and not through our own merits.” Eternal life is not the wage paid to those who ...Read More

  • Slavery to Sin and Its Fruit

    Romans 6:20-21

    If there is anything we learn from today’s passage and the whole of Romans 6:15–23, it is that Scripture knows nothing of an autonomous existence in which we have no master to serve. We are made to ...Read More

  • United to Christ

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died ...Read More

  • United to Christ

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died ...Read More

  • The Justice of God’s Choice

    Romans 5:15–17

    We must take our standards for justice from what God says and not from our own arbitrary opinions. If God says something is just, it is just. Of course, the Lord is not arbitrary about this. Justice is grounded in ...Read More

  • Counting Sin in Adam

    Romans 5:13-14

    Imputation of sin reveals the principle of federalism, which we will discuss more over the next few days. Today we note that we do not come into the world in a state of moral neutrality. We are not born innocent ...Read More

  • Sin Enters the World

    Romans 5:12

    The fact that death entered the world at a point in history shows that death is not part of the natural order of things as God originally made them. We were not created to die; rather, death is an invader ...Read More

  • The Nature of Man

    Genesis 1:26–28

    Our understanding of the fall has inevitable consequences for our view of what human beings are, how wonderful God made us originally, how important it is that we preach the gospel so that sinners can recover the high dignity that ...Read More