• The Offering of Isaac

    Hebrews 11:17–19

    God’s command that the Messiah must die (Isa. 53) seemed at first glance to be inconsistent with His promise that Messiah would rule the earth (Zech. 9:10). But now we see that both are perfectly consistent. We must ...Read More

  • One Mediator

    1 Timothy 2:5

    “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. 4:5) — this indeed is a scandalous confession in our day. We should not expect otherwise, however, for apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, no one can receive Jesus as the ...Read More

  • One Way of Salvation

    Acts 4:11–12

    The pressure to deny the exclusivity of Jesus is enormous, and, barring a revival, this pressure is only likely to increase. Holding fast to the confession of Christ as the only Savior requires a thorough grounding in the Scriptures and ...Read More

  • The Only Foundation

    Isaiah 28:16–22

    What are you trusting in for salvation? Even if you are a professing believer, are you building your ministry to others on the foundation of Christ? Consider your life carefully—where is your confidence? If things go bad in this ...Read More

  • Only One Gospel

    Romans 1:16-17

    The gospel tells us that we can become citizens of Christ’s kingdom through faith in Him alone. Yet we often try to complicate this simple message by adding additional requirements for citizenship. Whether we do this consciously or unconsciously ...Read More

  • The Order of Salvation

    Romans 8:29-30

    The value of ordo salutis theology is that it enables us to see clearly that it is God who saves, freeing us from the sinful tendency to take some credit for our own salvation. We do not proclaim, “I found ...Read More

  • Our AllŠ-Knowing, All-ŠSeeing Lord

    Psalm 139:1-12

    There is a point of contact between our knowledge and God’s knowledge. Both we and God, for example, know that the statement “two plus two equals four” is a true statement, that it corresponds to reality. However, the Lord understands ...Read More

  • Our Glorious Future

    1 John 3:2

    Christ’s work of salvation is comprehensive, involving not only rescue from the penalty and power of sin but also from sin’s corruption. We who are in Jesus can look forward to the day when even our bodies will ...Read More

  • Our Heavenly Home

    John 14:1–4

    Without belief in what God has revealed, people will have a wrong conception of the afterlife. Nevertheless, belief in the afterlife proves that even people with wrong views of life beyond the grave cannot forget about divine justice. Though we ...Read More

  • Our Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3-5

    Jesus’ death is not significant because He was a good man who died but because He was a perfect man who died and rose again. The resurrection is certain proof that death has no rightful claim on those who obey ...Read More

  • Our New Lord and Master

    Romans 6:1–14

    Throughout the New Testament especially, we find that the evidence of true Christian faith is a life of gratitude in which our love for Jesus is proved by our willingness to obey Him (John 14:15). This does not mean ...Read More

  • The Passover

    Hebrews 11:27–28

    The wrath of men is only temporary, but the wrath of God is eternal. Therefore, we should not be afraid to face the wrath of men. At times, however, we are more afraid of men than we are of God ...Read More

  • The Pastor’s Perseverance

    1 Timothy 4:16

    Calvin also writes, “True, it is God alone that saves; and not even the smallest portion of his glory can lawfully be bestowed on men. But God parts with no portion of his glory when he employs the agency of ...Read More

  • Paul’s Former Confidence

    Philippians 3:4–6

    John Calvin wrote, “Paul speaks here of that righteousness which would satisfy the common opinion of mankind. For he separates the law from Christ.” When the law of God is treated as an end in itself, then we start to ...Read More

  • Paying for Our Sin

    1 Peter 3:18

    Christ not only died for us, He lived for us as well. Understanding this point helps to assure us of our salvation. We are, of course, called to please God through obeying His will. Nevertheless, we realize that the best ...Read More