• Dead On Arrival

    Ephesians 2:1

    John Calvin says that “while we remain in Adam, we are entirely devoid of life; and that regeneration is a new life of the soul, by which it rises from the dead.” We do not come into the world sick ...Read More

  • Debtors to the Spirit

    Romans 8:12-13

    John Murray comments, “The believer’s once-for-all death to the law and to sin does not free him from the necessity of mortifying sin in his members; it makes it necessary and possible for him to do so.” Our efforts to ...Read More

  • Divine Illumination

    1 Corinthians 2:6–16

    Without the Holy Spirit’s work of illumination, we will never understand the Bible in a saving way. Many people read the Bible, know what it teaches, but never believe its message. It is not that they are somehow less intelligent. ...Read More

  • Empowered for Ministry

    Numbers 11:1-30

    We do not always appreciate the tremendous blessing we have as those who live under the administration of the new covenant. Had we lived under the old covenant, most of us would likely not have been granted a special anointing ...Read More

  • Equipped for Vocation

    Exodus 35:30–35

    Even though God gifts us with particular talents for particular tasks, that does not mean we put in no effort to grow in those talents. We are stewards of the gifts God has given, and as good stewards, we should ...Read More

  • False Messiahs, Wars, and Natural Disasters

    Mark 13:5–8

    That Jesus said false messiahs and natural disasters were only the beginning of the signs of Jerusalem’s end cautions us about drawing too many conclusions when we see such things in our own day. Natural disasters and false prophets are ...Read More

  • The Forerunner’s Message

    Mark 1:7–8

    The contrast between John’s water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit also points to the fact that water baptism is insufficient if it is merely an outward rite that is not accompanied by true faith. What really matters ...Read More

  • The Fruit of the Spirit

    Galatians 5:16–26

    The standard for bearing fruit as we advance in sanctification is not perfection. Scripture tells us we will not walk in perfect holiness until we are glorified, and our need for perfection in order to stand before God unafraid is ...Read More

  • The Fullness of Prophecy

    Acts 2:14-39

    The impoverished life led by so many believers results from not walking in the power of the Spirit. Understand the importance of our union with Christ and of the Spirit’s work since Pentecost. Do not neglect, grieve, or quench His ...Read More

  • The Gift of the Spirit

    John 14:16–17a

    Christ has ascended to heaven and has poured out the Holy Spirit to equip us for ministry, pray for us, and convince us of the truth of God’s Word. This work is necessary for us, and without the Spirit’s ministry, ...Read More

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