• Sanctified by Christ’s Will

    Hebrews 10:8–10

    We cooperate with God in our sanctification, seeking to obey Him and partaking of the means of grace—the Word, sacraments, and prayer—but we do not make ourselves holy. That is the work of God, who operates in and through these ...Read More

  • Satan in Disguise

    2 Corinthians 11:12–15

    The good news of the gospel is that God does not lay our sins to our account when we trust only in Christ for salvation. That doesn’t mean our sin cannot disrupt fellowship with our Creator. It does mean that ...Read More

  • Saul’s Initial Success

    1 Samuel 11

    God’s kingdom advances when His people come together as one and follow His obedient king. Ultimately, this occurs as we follow the leadership of Christ, patterning our churches according to His directions and growing in love and truth. To see ...Read More

  • Scattering Seed

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  • The Sealing of the Spirit

    Ephesians 1:13-14

    Matthew Henry comments, “This deposit makes it as sure to the heirs as though they already possessed it; and it is purchased for them by the blood of Christ.” The blood of Jesus cannot fail to purchase those for whom ...Read More

  • Setting One’s Mind on the Spirit

    Romans 8:4-6

    Even though the Spirit of God provides us with real power to obey God now, that power does not perfect us in this life. John Calvin comments on Romans 8:1-2: “Wherever the real fear of God is vigorous, it takes ...Read More

  • A Sin Unforgiveable

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is committed when people knowingly deny the claims of Christ and attribute to Satan the work of our Savior. This is a sin that true Christians cannot commit, for all who are justified are also ...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

  • The Spirit-filled Life

    Ephesians 5:18-19

    Today’s passage also tells us that evidence of the Spirit-filled life includes being full of song and delight (Eph. 5:19). Matthew Henry comments: “Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness. God’s people have ...Read More

  • The Spirit of Adoption

    Roman 8:14-15

    The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of adoption, which is a great comfort to us particularly as we fight sin. Outside of Christ, we are in a state of fear. Despite our best efforts to suppress the truth, every ...Read More

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