• The Sorrow That Attends Knowledge

    Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

    Coming to understand the limitations of our knowledge and wisdom can be deeply sorrowing. At the same time, however, there are senses in which it can be liberating. First, knowing the limits of our own understanding forces us to flee ...Read More

  • Heeding Godly Authorities

    Proverbs 1:8-9

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “Those are truly valuable, and shall be valued, who value themselves more by their virtue and piety than by their worldly wealth and dignity.” A life of wisdom gained by heeding the godly ...Read More

  • Vanity of Vanities

    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

    As Christians, we know that the life to which Ecclesiastes points, that which is beyond life “under the sun” in this present world, is life in the presence of God Himself. Ultimately, we can find meaning in life only in ...Read More

  • Greetings From Paul’s Associates

    Romans 16:21-24

    Today’s passage shows us yet again that even the Apostles had valued coworkers in ministry and depended on others for their efforts. Indeed, this is how the Lord has made us—to rely on each other for fellowship and ...Read More

  • The External Call

    Acts 6:1-7

    Sometimes the external call to a particular vocation comes before a man or woman receives an internal call. If several individuals are noticing particular gifts in you or are suggesting that you pursue a certain line of work, it is ...Read More

  • The Internal Call

    1 Corinthians 9:16b

    Paul said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16b). He had an unquenchable desire to preach the gospel, as God had called Him to the vocation of pastor, church planter, and Apostle, granting ...Read More

  • Our Debt to the Jews

    Romans 15:25-27

    As Gentile Christians, we owe a great debt to the old covenant community and the Jewish people. God chose them as the first recipients of His special revelation. He saves the world through a Messiah who is of Jewish ethnicity ...Read More

  • What Christ Did through Paul

    Romans 15:17-19

    We can take godly pride in serving the Lord successfully when we recognize that we have been only instruments in the Lord’s hand, instruments of His work and not ultimately the workers ourselves. Because we are God’s instruments ...Read More

  • Passing Judgment on Ourselves

    Romans 14:22b

    Though we sometimes feel guilty for things that are not actually sins, we should always pay attention to the voice of our consciences when we experience guilt. When we feel guilt, we must endeavor to understand, according to God’s ...Read More

  • Protecting the Work of God

    Romans 14:20-21

    Christian freedom carries with it the heavy responsibility of never using our freedom in a way that harms tender consciences, and the duty never to impose our personal scruples regarding indifferent matters on others. Besides studying God’s Word, one ...Read More

  • Peace and Mutual Upbuilding

    Romans 14:19

    Paul’s call for mutual peace and upbuilding is directed primarily to the strong Christians in Rome as an appeal for them to act in such a way that would benefit the immature. Still, its inclusion in a letter addressed ...Read More

  • Preserving Christ’s Sheep

    Romans 14:15-16

    Christians who choose not to exercise their liberty before immature believers need not do the same when they are not with immature believers. The weaker brother may not bind the conscience of the stronger believer, and as we will see ...Read More

  • The Judgment of God in Christ

    Romans 14:10-12

    If we are in Christ Jesus by faith alone, the sin of judgmentalism will not keep us out of the kingdom. We will find ourselves repenting for this transgression, and the blood of our Savior will cover us where we ...Read More

  • Honoring the Lord

    Romans 14:5-6

    John Calvin says the weak in the Roman church “would have thought otherwise, had they possessed a certain and a clear knowledge of Christian liberty. But in abstaining from what they thought to be unlawful, they evidenced piety, as it ...Read More

  • Partaking and Abstaining

    Romans 14:2-4

    As fallen people, we are tempted to pass judgment all too quickly on others without first seeking to understand why they do what they do. As we will see, this is part of what was plaguing the Roman church, as ...Read More