• Ruth and Naomi

    Ruth 1:15–22

    Ruth came to faith in the God of Israel, and we know that can happen only because God brought her dead soul to life (Eph. 2:1–10). Long before the coming of Christ, the Lord was bringing people outside of Israel ...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

  • Regeneration, the Holy Spirit, and Assurance

    Ephesians 2:1–7

    True assurance of salvation comes from a combination of objective and subjective factors. Objectively, we must have the right biblical doctrines of Christ, human sin, and regeneration in order to know if the subjective affection we feel for Christ is ...Read More

  • Believing in and Obeying the Son

    John 3:36

    None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, and that is why people must be urged to trust in Christ right now. Any time someone hears the gospel might be the last time they hear it, so we must urge ...Read More

  • Irresistible Regeneration

    John 3:7–8

    When we say the grace of regeneration is irresistible, we do not deny that people can resist the Holy Spirit for a time. The point is that the Spirit can and will finally overcome all resistance to the truth in ...Read More

  • Your Words Reveal Your Heart

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  • One Baptism

    Ephesians 4:5

    Salvation is entirely by God’s grace from first to last. God only regenerates His people once and He preserves them in that state forever (Rom. 8:29–30). Water baptism in and of itself does not regenerate us, but it does show ...Read More

  • Baptism and Regeneration

    John 3:5

    John Calvin comments that Jesus “connects the Water with the Spirit, because under that visible symbol he attests and seals that newness of life which God alone produces in us by his Spirit.” God promises in baptism to regenerate His ...Read More

  • Willing Spirits and Weak Flesh

    Mark 14:37–42

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “The consideration of the weakness and infirmity of our flesh should engage and quicken us to prayer and watchfulness.” Even when we find ourselves the most willing to do what is good, we must ...Read More

  • Jesus Raises Jairus’ Daughter

    Mark 5:40b–43

    By His Word, Christ brings life to those who are dead, enslaved to sin and Satan. If we place our confidence in anything else besides His Word, we are trusting in something that cannot bring salvation. There is no “secret ...Read More

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