• What Jews and Gentiles Share

    Romans 3:9

    To be under sin is to have sin as one’s master and to suffer under the verdict of guilt before the bar of God’s justice. Christians have Christ as their master and have been pronounced righteous in Him ...Read More

  • That Good May Come

    Romans 3:8

    Telling people that they have not done and cannot do enough to merit the kingdom of God provokes all sorts of hostile reactions. Some question the Lord’s justice. Others accuse the preacher of telling people they should sin with ...Read More

  • Blaspheming God’s Name

    Romans 2:24

    The Bible is clear that until we are glorified, we will always fail at some level to practice what we preach. Non-Christians will take advantage of this and always use our failures as cause to blaspheme the Lord, and there ...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

  • Without Excuse

    Romans 2:1–2

    Regardless of whether we are Jews by birth, we can all recognize the truth of Paul’s words from our own experience. If we are honest, we see how often we judge others for the very same sins that we ...Read More

  • Approving Evil

    Romans 1:32

    Sub-biblical views of sin do not confess our deadness in our transgression. If we consider today’s passage carefully, however, we see no better evidence of our deadness in sin than that we bless what the Lord condemns and condemn ...Read More

  • A Litany of Wickedness

    Romans 1:29–31

    Human beings continually think of themselves in a more favorable light than they should. Today’s passage, however, should disabuse us of that proclivity. Even the most “minor” sin is evidence that at a fundamental level, we do not want ...Read More

  • Worshiping the Creature

    Romans 1:22–25

    John Calvin comments, “Religious honor cannot be given to a creature, without taking it away, in a disgraceful and sacrilegious manner, from God.” Rejecting God is so serious that if we will not have Him, He will not have us ...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 ...Read More

  • Purging Iniquity

    Zechariah 5

    Ultimately, the impenitent are confirmed in sin forever—they continue to experience its degrading and destructive effects in hell and feel the fury of God’s wrath. We should not think that the sinners in hell want to be anywhere ...Read More

  • The Just Mercy of the Lord

    Ezekiel 18

    God does not visit the sins of our parents upon us if we repent and turn from them. That is, we only bear the wages of our parents’ sins if we make these sins our own. The Lord is pleased ...Read More

  • Grace for God’s Adulterous Bride

    Ezekiel 16:15–63

    Many people think that God’s answer to sin is to keep people from committing it. On the contrary, His answer is often to give people over to it. When Israel wanted to commit spiritual adultery with other gods, God ...Read More

  • God Charges Edom

    Obadiah 10–14

    God’s law covers every aspect of life, telling us that we sin both in breaking God’s commands willfully and in showing apathy when we see that there is something good and holy to be done. In ourselves, we ...Read More

  • Providence and Evil

    James 1:13

    We see God’s ordination of wickedness for a good end most clearly in the crucifixion. God used the evil plans of Christ’s enemies to fulfill His good plan for His people (Acts 2:23). An evil act is ...Read More