• The Red Sea

    Hebrews 11:29

    Romans 1 condemns unbelievers for taking advantage of God’s common grace without trusting in Him. Reflect on the blessings, opportunities, and directions that God has provided for you and thank Him for them. If you are not living in ...Read More

  • The Reproach of Christ

    Hebrews 11:26

    Have you embraced the reproach of Christ? Do you consider the shame that might come from following Him in the eyes of the world to be greater than all the world has to offer? Take some time to look at ...Read More

  • The Riches of God’s Mystery

    Colossians 1:27

    It is all too easy for us to think of other people as lesser Christians than we are because of the way they dress, what they eat and drink, how knowledgeable they are about the finer points of theological arguments ...Read More

  • The Richness of God’s Mercy

    Ephesians 2:4-7

    As the sovereign, independent Creator, God is not obligated to save anyone, to show goodness and mercy toward sinners who deserve only condemnation. Since we are not autonomous but are governed by God’s law, however, He can demand that ...Read More

  • The Righteousness of God

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    Even many professing Christians believe that they become citizens of heaven because they have lived a “good life.” The gospel tells us that no one but Christ has lived a life that is truly good. He alone deserves the kingdom ...Read More

  • The Righteousness of God

    Romans 1:16–17

    Douglas Moo writes, “Justification by faith is the anthropological reflex of [that is, it reflects] Paul’s basic conviction that what God has done in Christ for sinful human beings is entirely a matter of grace” (Romans, p. 90). We ...Read More

  • The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

    Romans 9:27-28

    God continues to save people who, having been in covenant with Him, sin gravely and put themselves out of the visible covenant community via excommunication. The Lord promises that no matter what we have done, He is faithful and just ...Read More

  • The Salvation of the World

    Isaiah 45:14–25

    Those of us from Gentile backgrounds who serve Christ probably do not consider this fact often enough: We are fulfillments of God’s promises to His people. The Lord promised that the nations would serve Him, and as men and ...Read More

  • The Saving Purpose of Christ

    1 Timothy 1:15-16

    John Calvin writes, “The more any one is oppressed by his sins, let him the more courageously betake himself to Christ, relying on this doctrine, that he came to bring salvation not to the righteous, but to ‘sinners.’” God’s ...Read More

  • The Savior of God’s Blind Servant

    Isaiah 42:18–43:7

    Today’s passage reveals divine election, for Isaiah speaks of a people who are precious in God’s eyes (43:4). This is not due to any good in them, given that the people are still blind to their sin ...Read More

  • The Sequence of Salvation

    Romans 2:9–10

    Calvin also writes in the Institutes that as soon as believers are “admitted to fellowship with Christ, by the knowledge of the gospel, and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, their eternal life is begun, and then He which has ...Read More

  • The Shepherd Gathers His Flock

    Jeremiah 23:1–8

    Today’s passage should be sobering to any leader, especially those who shepherd the flock of God. Though we cannot escape the guilt of our own sin by blaming others, the Lord’s undershepherds will be judged if they neglect ...Read More

  • The Shepherd is Struck

    Mark 14:26–50

    Jesus solemnly warns us that He will deny before the Father those who deny Him before the world (Matt. 10:32–33). This should strike fear into our hearts and lead us to pray for the strength to confess Him ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the New Birth

    John 3:1-21

    Regeneration precedes faith. Faith is a gift from God given as a consequence of the regenerating work of the Spirit. The divine initiative is preserved through this statement. If you believe differently, consider carefully the implications, especially for the doctrine ...Read More