• The Indwelling of the Father and the Son

    John 14:21–24

    Calvin also comments on today’s passage that “the fruit of piety is progress in the knowledge of Christ.” Personal holiness is an important component of understanding the Word of God. If we are not seeking to grow in conformity to ...Read More

  • Showing Our Love for Christ

    John 14:15

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “the one who loves Jesus subordinates his own desires to those of the Lord.” Our love for Christ does not merit salvation, and neither does keeping His commandments. But keeping ...Read More

  • Looking for Fruit

    Mark 11:12–14

    A fruitless tree is no good at all, and neither is a fruitless disciple. Those who bear no fruit prove that they never had saving faith to begin with, and those who have saving faith demonstrate their trust in Christ ...Read More

  • Pursuing Assurance

    1 John 5:13

    The parable of the sower indicates that it is possible to profess faith and yet not possess it. But it is through the possession of faith that we are saved, not through the mere profession of faith. If you are ...Read More

  • The Deadliest Form of Legalism

    Colossians 2:16–23

    John Calvin comments, “The worship of God, true piety, and the holiness of Christians, do not consist in drink, and food, and clothing, which are things that are transient and liable to corruption.” God is not interested in mere externals ...Read More

  • Faith and Sanctification

    Acts 26:12–18

    Even our progressive sanctification—our life of growing in holiness that is the necessary fruit of justification—depends on faith. By faith, we grow in Christ, trusting in the promises of God so completely that we actually end up following His commandments. ...Read More

  • Justification and Our Good Works

    James 2:20–26

    John Calvin also comments that the doctrine of justification by faith alone does not make good works superfluous, but it only takes “away from them the power of conferring righteousness, because they cannot stand before the tribunal of God.” Our ...Read More

  • Spiritual Nourishment

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  • The Thorns and the Harvest

    Mark 4:18–20

    None of us can anticipate the size of the harvest that will be produced when God’s Word meets good soil. The one thing we can be sure of, however, is that a harvest will come. We will not see in ...Read More

  • The Vine and the Branches

    John 15:1–11

    Jesus may use our difficulties to prune us and make us more fruitful. They also reveal those branches that were never really grafted into the vine, for under hardship, these branches will wither and die. But the faith of the ...Read More

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