• The Parable of the Tenants

    Matthew 21:33–46

    Every professing Christian should read today’s passage as a warning. All who are truly in Christ, of course, cannot finally fall away from grace, but only those who bear fruit for the kingdom are truly in Christ. Believers may vary ...Read More

  • The Parables of Jesus

    Psalm 78:2

    One of the things that characterize Jesus as a master teacher is His use of parables to illustrate His lessons. Vivid stories such as the parables help those who believe to understand the Word of God. Insofar as we teach ...Read More

  • Parables of the Kingdom

    Matthew 13:1–11

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, reminding us that the lack of clarity in the parables is not due to the parables themselves. The problem is really the hearts of sinful people. “The word of God, in its own nature, ...Read More

  • The Path and Rocky Soil

    Mark 4:13—17

    In his sermon “The Seed upon Stony Ground,” C.H. Spurgeon notes that persecution can come in many forms, including the assaults of skeptics. He laments that “many hearers and receivers of the word have been destroyed by critical infidels. ...Read More

  • Personification, Hyperbole, and Metaphor

    Isaiah 55:12

    Some people point to obvious instances of hyperbole, personification, or metaphor in Scripture and use them to accuse the Bible of not telling the truth. That represents a failure to read the text as it was intended by its original ...Read More

  • The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    Luke 18:9—14

    Turning to God’s mercy alone does not mean turning to some vague idea of a forgiving deity. Instead, we must rest in Christ alone for our salvation, trusting that He paid the penalty for our sins and was raised for ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Parables

    Mark 4:10—12

    Many of us have the opportunity to teach the Word of God to others. Some of us serve as pastors, elders, Bible study leaders, or Sunday school teachers. Others of us teach our kids the truths of Scripture at home. ...Read More

  • The Rejected Cornerstone

    Mark 12:10–12

    It is easy for us to be discouraged when we see the enemies of God seem to prevail against us and against the church. But the parable of the tenants, as well as many other biblical passages, tells us that ...Read More

  • Secrets Made Manifest

    Mark 4:21–23

    Many believers have questions about the demonic such as “Can a Christian be demon-possessed?” The fact that Satan is not equal in power to God helps us understand that though the devil is mighty, He is still subject to the ...Read More

  • Slow and Steady Growth

    Mark 4:26–29

    In various ways, the church is tempted to bring about the growth of the kingdom of God. Many will try to make the gospel less offensive or will try to use methods of growing the kingdom other than the ordinary ...Read More

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