• An Abiding Possession

    Hebrews 10:34

    Where do you fix your hope? Are your eyes on the perfection of heaven or have you become overly concerned with the things of this world? Look at your life — your goals, how you spend your money, your concerns, ...Read More

  • Apostasy

    1 John 2:19

    Since we cannot see the hearts of others, we cannot assume that those who now repudiate the faith they once professed have actually left the fold permanently. This means that we should pray for those who appear to be apostate, ...Read More

  • The Arrest of Jesus

    John 18:1–9

    Since God’s control of the universe extends to the tiniest detail (Prov. 16:33), it is no surprise that Jesus was in full control of the events of His crucifixion. After all, He is God incarnate (John 1:1–18). Because of this ...Read More

  • Assurance and Sanctification

    2 Peter 1:3–11

    If we know we are in Christ and dead to sin, then we will want to live in a manner that conforms to Christ (Rom. 6). The right search for assurance inevitably leads us to practice holiness. If we do ...Read More

  • Blasphemy of the Spirit

    Matthew 12:22–32

    Christians may worry that they will commit the unforgivable sin, but they should not fret. After all, Jesus glorifies everyone whom He justifies (Rom. 8:28–30), so He will not let us commit the unpardonable sin and finally fall away. That ...Read More

  • Burning Branches

    John 15:6

    Although Jesus teaches that all who are in a state of salvation will persevere in faith to the end, that does not mean we should take the warning of John 15:6 lightly. Professing Christians who are not bearing spiritual fruit ...Read More

  • The Carnal Christian

    1 Corinthians 3:1-4

    We must always be clear that our good works can never make us righteous before God. Yet we must be equally clear that justifying faith immediately and inevitably evidences itself through good works such as our confession of faith and ...Read More

  • The Covenant Community

    Hebrews 6:4b–5

    Few of us realize that some of the blessings of the new covenant (except salvation) are also conferred on those who do not have true faith. Many people in our churches receive blessings because they are a part of the ...Read More

  • David’s Great Sin

    2 Samuel 11:1-12:14

    A man after God’s heart loves the things God loves and the ways He prescribes. Though he may deviate from those ways at times, he will return—for God will not let him rest in his sin. All true children of ...Read More

  • David’s Plea for a Clean Heart

    Psalm 51:10–19

    God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His ...Read More

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