• Our Enemy the World

    John 7:7

    The world tempts us to adopt its values—materialism, favoritism, sexual uncleanness, pride, and so forth. As Christians, however, we cannot succumb. We must have our minds renewed continually by the Word of God as we sit under faithful preaching and ...Read More

  • Inexcusable Sin

    John 15:22–25

    Jesus tells us in today’s passage that whoever hates Him also hates the Father (John 15:23). It is impossible to love God without also loving Jesus, so it is impossible to be reconciled to God except through faith in Christ ...Read More

  • The World’s Hatred

    John 15:18–21

    In his commentary John, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “We are not supposed to go looking for persecution or hostility, but if we never experience it, that should be a wake-up call to tell us we may not be as ...Read More

  • The Spirit Who Makes Us Holy

    1 Thessalonians 4:3

    Practically speaking, probably the most important thing to know about the Holy Spirit is that He is at work in making us holy. If you are discouraged this day regarding your sanctification, know that if you are in Christ, the ...Read More

  • The Sovereign Regenerating Spirit

    Ephesians 2:1–10

    To believe that regeneration precedes faith is to believe that salvation is ours apart from any of our works. We believe only because God the Holy Spirit enables us to believe and guarantees that we believe. If we want to ...Read More

  • The Reality of Forgiveness

    John 8:36

    To question our forgiveness when we have confessed our sin to God and turned from it, ironically, is to incur more sin. It is a sin to disbelieve God, and that is what we do when we hold onto our ...Read More

  • Our Consciences and Our Guilt

    Jeremiah 3:3

    The Holy Spirit works through our reading, studying, and hearing God’s Word in order to awaken us to our guilt. He particularly works through our study of the law of God to convict us of sin and to point us ...Read More

  • Objective and Subjective Guilt

    Romans 3:9

    As with other matters in the Christian life, our final objective standard is the Word of God. Only God’s Word can tell us whether we are actually guilty and need forgiveness, so we must study God’s Word in order to ...Read More

  • The Glory Isaiah Saw

    John 12:36b–41

    Leon Morris, who was one of the foremost twentieth-century New Testament scholars, comments on today’s passage: “God’s purposes are not frustrated by the opposition of evil people. They are accomplished.” God used the hard hearts of Jesus’ opponents to fulfill ...Read More

  • Total Moral Inability

    Ephesians 2:1–10

    The doctrine of total depravity and what it entails—total moral inability—magnify the grace and power of God. God is so gracious that He saves people who in their natural state are unwilling to come to Him, and He is so ...Read More

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