• A Good Crop

    Hebrews 6:7–8

    Some Christians think that they have committed the sin of apostasy, thus demonstrating that they were never really saved. But the very fact that they worry about it might show that the Holy Spirit is working in their hearts to ...Read More

  • A Helpful Reminder

    2 Peter 1:12

    Scripture emphasizes both the importance of remembering basic Christian doctrines (1 Peter 2:2–3) as well as the need to build upon them (Heb. 6:1–2). We must continually seek to grow in our knowledge of the Savior ...Read More

  • A Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3–5

    John Calvin tells us that 1 Peter begins with a description of our indestructible hope so that we may “enjoy the invaluable treasure of a future life; and also that we may not be broken down by present troubles, but ...Read More

  • An Abiding Possession

    Hebrews 10:34

    Where do you fix your hope? Are your eyes on the perfection of heaven or have you become overly concerned with the things of this world? Look at your life — your goals, how you spend your money, your concerns, and ...Read More

  • An Insolent Generation

    Hebrews 3:10b–11

    God’s warning that we might not enter the promise is a real warning. Only those who keep their faith in Christ will finally be saved. But only Christ can keep us in our faith. He keeps us in faith ...Read More

  • Apostasy

    1 John 2:19

    Since we cannot see the hearts of others, we cannot assume that those who now repudiate the faith they once professed have actually left the fold permanently. This means that we should pray for those who appear to be apostate ...Read More

  • A Sin Unforgiveable

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is committed when people knowingly deny the claims of Christ and attribute to Satan the work of our Savior. This is a sin that true Christians cannot commit, for all who are justified are also ...Read More

  • David’s Great Sin

    2 Samuel 11:1-12:14

    A man after God’s heart loves the things God loves and the ways He prescribes. Though he may deviate from those ways at times, he will return—for God will not let him rest in his sin. All true ...Read More

  • David’s Plea for a Clean Heart

    Psalm 51:10–19

    God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His ...Read More

  • David’s Plea for Forgiveness

    Psalm 51:1–9

    Christians are new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), but that does not mean that we have been completely renewed. We still contend with the remnants of our fallenness, and the presence of sin will be with us until ...Read More

  • Dying in Faith

    Hebrews 11:13–16

    Do you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ as one of His sheep, or are you counted among the goats who serve another master? If you trust in Jesus alone, then you can be sure that He will receive you ...Read More

  • Endure With Confidence

    Hebrews 10:35–36

    We have been discussing at length the importance of the means God uses to keep us in the faith. However, as much as we are commanded to persevere, our confidence must not be in our own abilities but in Christ ...Read More

  • Eternal Security

    Joshua 4:1–9

    God promises that those whom He foreknew and predestined He has also glorified (Rom. 8:30). God’s mighty acts of redemption show us that when God promises something, He always fulfills that promise. Remember the ways in which God ...Read More

  • Examples of Faith, Part II

    Hebrews 11:24–12:2

    Around the world, many worship in fear of the government killing them for their faith. If that is your situation, continue holding fast to God’s promises. In other places, standing for Jesus may mean befriending the social pariah, disciplining ...Read More

  • From the Beginning

    1 John 2:24–25

    As Christians we must ever be aware of the old, fleshly nature that is always trying to draw us away from life in the Spirit. One of the ways this happens is through doubts about Jesus and the authority of ...Read More