• Seventy Years of Exile

    Jeremiah 25

    John Calvin also writes on this passage that “there is a great difference between these and God’s servants, who, when anything is commanded them, seek to render that obedience which they ought—all such are faithful servants.” Although all people, in ...Read More

  • Severed from Christ

    Galatians 5:2–4

    Martin Luther says that Galatians 5:2 “is a touchstone, whereby we may most certainly and freely judge all doctrines, works, religions, and ceremonies of all men.” Any of these that promise righteousness and salvation through them are to be soundly ...Read More

  • The Shepherd Gathers His Flock

    Jeremiah 23:1–8

    Today’s passage should be sobering to any leader, especially those who shepherd the flock of God. Though we cannot escape the guilt of our own sin by blaming others, the Lord’s undershepherds will be judged if they neglect their shepherding ...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 in all ...Read More

  • So Great a Salvation

    Hebrews 2:1–3a

    The great message of salvation revealed in Christ brings with it great responsibility. If we neglect it and fall away, our punishment will be immeasurable. In prayer, thank God for the great salvation He has given us, and confess your ...Read More

  • Source of Salvation

    Hebrews 5:9–10

    The Father, like He did with Christ, often uses suffering to set us apart for His work even though we cannot always see how He is doing this while the suffering is taking place. Look back and consider how God ...Read More

  • Sovereign over Suffering

    Genesis 50:15–21

    God always has a good purpose for allowing suffering to come into our lives, but we do not always know what that purpose is. Yet, because we know the Lord is perfectly good (James 1:13–18), we trust that He will ...Read More

  • Sovereign Regeneration

    Acts 9:1–19

    Some of us have had dramatic conversion experiences that we remember vividly. Others cannot remember a time when they did not trust in Jesus. Whatever our story, the same God who raised Jesus to life and knocked Saul of Tarsus ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the New Birth

    John 3:1-21

    Regeneration precedes faith. Faith is a gift from God given as a consequence of the regenerating work of the Spirit. The divine initiative is preserved through this statement. If you believe differently, consider carefully the implications, especially for the doctrine ...Read More

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