• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Putting Off and Putting On

    Colossians 3:9-10

    Having been baptized into Christ we have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27), and a deceitful tongue has no place in those who belong to the Savior. All people should expect honesty from us, for we are followers of the ...Read More

  • Reasoning with the LORD

    Isaiah 1:18–31

    Isaiah 1:18 is a great promise indeed, assuring us that no matter how much sin has stained our souls, God can cleanse us completely and make us stand before Him as His holy people. But for this to happen ...Read More

  • Recalling Our Purpose

    Genesis 1:1–2:3

    We may not often think about it, but when we do good to others we are doing more than just obeying the Lord’s command. Since God is the one who pours out His common grace upon all creation, every ...Read More

  • Recognizing Our Enmity

    Think of the characteristics and qualities of intimate friendship, then apply these to your spiritual relationship with the heavenly Father. Are you truly a friend of God? Read More

  • Redemption’s Drama

    Psalm 85:10

    Other people may treat us unjustly, but the Lord never does. His justice is perfect and will never condemn the righteous, nor will He let the sinner go unpunished. In Christ, the Father has judged His sinful people so that ...Read More

  • Repentance: A Vital Step

    Luke 13:1–5

    Think back to your conversion to Christ. In what ways did you “change your mind” when you came to Him? From what sorts of behaviors did you turn away? Have you kept the resolutions you made or do you find ...Read More

  • Repenting of Our Righteousness

    Isaiah 64:6

    Today’s passage reminds us that God does not grade on a curve. We may consider ourselves better than others on a human level when we evaluate ourselves by imperfect human standards of justice, but the Lord evaluates us by ...Read More

  • Resisting the Sinful Nature

    Galatians 6:1–18

    As we finish our study of Galatians, consider anew Paul’s defense of the Gospel. All in whom the Spirit has worked must continue to fulfill the law of Christ. We are not redeemed to live independently. God gave the ...Read More

  • Restoring Our Relationship

    Examine your spiritual condition in light of Edwards’s five points of tension between God and man.Read More

  • Ruin, Misery, and Bloodshed

    Romans 3:15–17

    Although there is a decisive break with our past lives at conversion so that the power of sin is broken, the gospel is not something we need only at that point. As we continue to sin and shed blood through ...Read More

  • Setting One’s Mind on the Spirit

    Romans 8:4-6

    Even though the Spirit of God provides us with real power to obey God now, that power does not perfect us in this life. John Calvin comments on Romans 8:1-2: “Wherever the real fear of God is vigorous, it ...Read More

  • Shades of Gray

    1 Corinthians 10:31

    Though the Spirit grants us new life in Christ, this does not mean we immediately overcome our ignorance of God’s ways. Instead, the Spirit works through Scripture, illuminating it as we read and hear it so that we might ...Read More