• Causing Others to Sin

    Mark 9:42

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that the millstone punishment shows us “how dear and precious those persons [believers] are in the sight of God.” The children of God are immeasurably loved by Him, and He will not take kindly ...Read More

  • Jesus Visits Tyre and Sidon

    Mark 7:24–26

    That Jesus went into a region that would have been expected to be hostile to Him is instructive to us. We are not to avoid those persons who appear to be most unlikely to believe the gospel. Instead, we must ...Read More

  • Against the Law

    Romans 3:31

    Perhaps it is better to say that new covenant believers ought never consider the Mosaic law alone. That is, we must view it through the lens of the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Jesus, when asked about the greatest commandment ...Read More

  • The Antinomian Error

    Romans 6:15–23

    People who possess saving faith earnestly desire to obey God’s commandments. They do not seek to do so to merit eternal life; they do so in order to thank God and demonstrate the authenticity of their faith. We must take ...Read More

  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace He ...Read More

  • Belief and Confession

    Romans 10:9-13

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that the emphasis on believing with the heart shows that “faith is a firm and effectual confidence and not a bare notion only.” Saving faith is not simply knowing the truth about Jesus or ...Read More

  • A Call to Praise the Lord

    Psalm 150

    Worshiping God in spirit and truth must be the goal of our lives. Our Lord seeks such worship, and this worship is acceptable to him whether it comes from Jews or Gentiles (John 4:19–24). How do we know if we ...Read More

  • The Centrality of Love

    Romans 13:8–10

    Many people find it hard to conceive of love and the law as going hand in hand. That, however, is a reflection of our fallenness and not the teaching of Scripture. We do not belong to God unless we love ...Read More

  • Christ’s Law-Based Ethic

    Matthew 5:21–26

    Christians are ambassadors of Christ, representatives of His sovereign reign over creation. As such, we have a special responsibility to represent our Lord’s actual teaching. The only way we can do that is through careful study of our Savior’s words. ...Read More

  • Christ, the Goal of the Law

    Romans 10:4

    The early church father Irenaeus writes: “How is Christ the end of the law if he is not also the cause of it? For he who has brought in the end also created the beginning.” The Son of God gave ...Read More

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