• Purified of Dead Works

    Hebrews 9:11–14

    First John 3:20 tells us that our fallen hearts and consciences do still at times attempt to condemn us if we are in Christ. When this happens, we must remind our consciences that they have been finally and fully cleansed ...Read More

  • Raised for Our Justification

    Romans 4:24b–25

    In his lectures on Romans, Martin Luther comments on the death and resurrection of our Savior, showing that it demonstrates that Christ’s “death not only signifies but actually effects the remission of sin as a most sufficient satisfaction.” We can ...Read More

  • Redeemed by Faith

    Romans 3:19–28

    We cannot live our lives before the face of God until we are clear that it is the perfect obedience of Christ alone that saves us. If we think that we earn our own righteousness, we have not been justified, ...Read More

  • Redemption in Christ

    Romans 3:21–31

    According to Dr. R.C. Sproul, the Bible teaches that in our redemption “our record does not change, but our guilt does” (Faith Alone, p. 96). It is impossible for the Lord to forget anything, but when we are justified, ...Read More

  • The Reign of Grace

    Romans 5:20–21

    Paul has more to say about the law that we will consider in due time. Today, we note that the law is not contrary to grace but allows us to see it more plainly. For justification, the law multiplies transgression, ...Read More

  • The Remedy for Sin’s Deceitfulness

    Hebrews 3:12–13

    Salvation is the work of God, but we have the high honor and privilege of being tools through which He works to keep His people in salvation. Our encouragement to doubting and sinning people who profess Christ may well be ...Read More

  • The Righteous Judgment of God

    2 Thessalonians 1:5–8

    At times in the Christian life, believers may question whether they have genuine faith in Christ and thus whether they have salvation. One test of the authenticity of our faith is our willingness to suffer for Jesus. If we are ...Read More

  • Righteousness According to the Law

    Romans 2:13

    John Calvin, commenting on Romans 3:20, writes, “[The law] is indeed by itself, as it teaches us what righteousness is, the way to salvation: but our depravity and corruption prevent it from being in this respect of any advantage to ...Read More

  • Righteousness by Faith

    Romans 1:17b (ESV footnote)

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “We have now the principal point or the main hinge of the first part of the this Epistle—that we are justified by faith through the mercy of God alone.” To truly know the gospel ...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 affirm ...Read More

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