• Responding to Hardships

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  • Death and Glory

    John 12:20–26

    The hatred of the world that Jesus commends is not utter disdain for this present life but rather seeing this world in proper relation to the world to come. John Calvin comments, “To love this life is not in itself ...Read More

  • Misunderstanding Jesus

    John 12:16–19

    It is possible for us to misunderstand Jesus as the disciples did. This is not due to any fault of Jesus but is a problem created by our own sin, ignorance, or lack of faith. By God’s grace, we can ...Read More

  • Greeting the King

    John 12:12–15

    The crowd on the first Palm Sunday sought a Jesus who would conquer Rome. Today, we may not be looking for such a Jesus, but we are all tempted to follow the Jesus of our own imaginings and not the ...Read More

  • Plotting against Lazarus

    John 12:9–11

    As fallen human beings, we must be careful lest jealousy consume our hearts. It is easy for us to be jealous of the position and accomplishments of others, and if we are not careful, such jealousy can lead to disaster. ...Read More

  • The Anointing of Jesus

    John 12:1–8

    Scripture repeatedly calls us to help the impoverished. However, this is not all that we are called to do with our resources. It is appropriate to use our resources in other ways that honor Christ and His church, and it ...Read More

  • Measured Growth

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  • The Chalcedonian Solution

    Acts 20:28

    Who upholds the cosmos? Christ, according to His divine nature, because deity sustains the creation. Who died and rose again? Christ, according to His human nature, because only humanity can die and be restored to life. We distinguish Christ’s two ...Read More

  • Cyril and Nestorius

    Luke 1:41–43

    It is vital for us to affirm that the divine nature is not capable of change. If God, as God, can change, then we cannot rely on His Word or on His promises. Thus, the incarnate Son of God, Jesus ...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

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