• The Cradle and the Cross

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  • The Extent of the Atonement

    Matthew 1:18–21

    The issue of the atonement’s extent has to do with the justice of God. If God is just, He cannot pour out His wrath again after it has been perfectly satisfied. If Jesus’ work saves only His people from their ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Garments Divided

    John 19:23–24

    Jesus’ loss of clothing was part of His work as the Suffering Servant-King to defeat sin and present us righteous before God. John Calvin writes, “Christ was stripped of his garments, that he might clothe us with righteousness … his ...Read More

  • The Focused Prayers of Christ

    John 17:9

    Right now, if you are a believer, Jesus is praying for you. Few truths could be more encouraging. After all, Jesus prays only perfect prayers. He knows exactly what we need and what to ask the Father to give us ...Read More

  • The Nestorian Heresy

    Hebrews 5:9

    A human person who has a human nature can save no one but himself. A divine person who has a human nature can save all those whom He has chosen to save. Because the divine person is infinite, the merit ...Read More

  • Engraved on God’s Hands

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  • Eating and Belief

    John 6:52–59

    In the Lord’s Supper we are reminded of how essential the body and blood of Christ are to our lives, not because they are magical but because His body was broken and His blood was shed to bear the curse ...Read More

  • Jesus the Priest

    Hebrews 7

    Uniquely among world religions, Christianity tells us that we cannot offer atonement for ourselves. We could pray continually, afflict ourselves physically, and do many other penitential acts, but we would still not achieve atonement for ourselves. Only the perfect sacrifice ...Read More

  • Christ Our Mediator

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    In His vocation as the Mediator, Christ not only sacrifices Himself to God, but He also “lives to make intercession” for us (Heb. 7:25). Christ prays for His people according to the perfect will of God, which means that we ...Read More

  • Baptism and Forgiveness

    Acts 2:38

    Do you have trouble believing that God has forgiven you in Christ? Look to the water of baptism. Every time we see a baptism administered, we should be reminded of God’s promise to cleanse and forgive. The water of your ...Read More

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