• United to Christ

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died ...Read More

  • Baptized into Christ

    Romans 6:3-4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “Paul, according to his usual manner, where he speaks of the faithful, connects the reality and the effect with the outward sign; for we know that whatever the Lord offers by the visible ...Read More

  • Constituting Us Righteous

    Romans 5:18–19

    The parallels between the imputation of sin and righteousness demonstrate that it is erroneous to believe righteousness is a metaphysical reality that is infused into the believer. John Calvin writes, “The gift of righteousness is not a quality with which ...Read More

  • Saved By the Life of God’s Son

    Romans 5:10–11

    We can be confident in our future salvation because of the surety of our past salvation. The position we enjoy in Christ today ensures that we will fully experience all of His benefits tomorrow. This is the good news of ...Read More

  • Access by Faith

    Romans 5:2

    The biblical doctrine of perseverance gives us confidence without presumption. We know that nothing can snatch us out the hand of our omnipotent Savior if we are in Him, but we do not presume to be in Him unless we ...Read More

  • Peace with God

    Romans 5:1

    Perhaps the most important thing to understand about shalom is that it can never be lost. Jesus has not brokered a fragile cease-fire with God, such that full-scale conflagration can erupt at the slightest provocation. Instead, He has brought us ...Read More

  • Becoming Heirs of the Kingdom

    Romans 4:13–15

    Romans 5 and 7 further develop the role of the law in regard to justification and its purpose in intensifying sin. For now it is enough to note that faith and works of the law are opposed in justification because ...Read More

  • Counting Faith as Righteousness

    Romans 4:4–5

    A desire to obey God and do good in itself is not opposed to faith. The problem arises when we see our works as the basis upon which God declares us righteous. John Calvin comments, “It is not he, whom ...Read More

  • Is Possessing the Law Enough?

    Romans 2:12–13

    Paul is not teaching that it is truly possible for sinners to be justified by keeping the law. This is because no one—except Christ—can fully keep God’s commandments (Rom. 3:9–20). His point is that while ...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 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 Gospel of the Kingdom

    Luke 17:20–21

    With the coming of Christ, the kingdom of God is now evident among His people even as we wait for its final consummation at His return. The gospel announces that Jesus has done the work necessary to overcome our natural ...Read More

  • The Power of God for Salvation

    Romans 1:16

    The gospel is not a message to be ashamed of even if the world finds it foolish. It is God’s power unto salvation, and our attempts to make the gospel more palatable to fallen people prevent them from seeing ...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 King Comes on a Donkey

    Zechariah 9:9-17

    Note again that God’s covenant of salvation is unconditional in the sense that the Lord Himself guarantees that He will enact it—He will certainly save a people for Himself. That does not mean, however, that this covenant of ...Read More