• Jesus Prays That He Might Glorify the Father

    John 17:1–3

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “when the Son is exalted and honored, the Father is honored as well, because the Father and the Son are one.” It is impossible to glorify the Son of God ...Read More

  • Overcoming the World in Christ

    John 16:33

    In his commentary on today’s passage, John Calvin exhorts us not to avoid the hard path of suffering for Christ. He reminds us that ultimately, we are safe in Christ’s hands, that “fighting under the banner of Christ, we are ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts His Desertion

    John 16:29–32

    It is easy to be critical of the disciples for overestimating their own knowledge of God. Truthfully, however, we all tend to think we know more about the Lord and His Word than we actually do. We cannot afford to ...Read More

  • The Love of the Father

    John 16:25–28

    The book of Hebrews and many other passages in Scripture indicate that Jesus intercedes with the Father for us and for the sake of our perseverance. That does not mean, however, that Jesus somehow has to convince God to be ...Read More

  • Humble Speech

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  • Our Enemy the Devil

    2 Corinthians 11:14–15

    Discerning Christians are able to distinguish between truth and error and, perhaps more importantly, between truths and half-truths. We can develop discernment only by thoroughly knowing the truth of God, which is why we must study Scripture and the doctrines ...Read More

  • Our Enemy the Flesh

    Romans 8:1–11

    As we grow in Christ, we begin to see the depth of our sin because we begin to see the darkness of the heart. We take more notice of the “secret sins,” the inward hatred, envy, covetousness, and other attitudes ...Read More

  • Our Enemy the World

    John 7:7

    The world tempts us to adopt its values—materialism, favoritism, sexual uncleanness, pride, and so forth. As Christians, however, we cannot succumb. We must have our minds renewed continually by the Word of God as we sit under faithful preaching and ...Read More

  • True Righteousness

    Matthew 5:20

    It is important to obey God externally, to do in our actions what He tells us to do. However, God is fully pleased with our obedience only if we are motivated by love for God and neighbor. We must seek ...Read More

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