• Supplication in Prayer

    Philippians 4:6

    We can be confident that the Holy Spirit takes our prayers and makes them acceptable to God. We also see the Spirit working in our lives to make our prayers less about us and more about the kingdom of God ...Read More

  • Loved by the Father in the Son

    John 17:22–23

    We are loved by the Father just as He has loved the Son. True, we are not God’s children by nature but by adoption. But that adoption does not mean that He loves us any less than He loves Christ. ...Read More

  • Jesus Prays for Our Unity

    John 17:20–21

    The unity for which Jesus prays in today’s passage is not an organizational or bureaucratic unity. Instead, Jesus is praying for unity in truth, love, and mission, just as He and His Father are united in truth, love, and mission. ...Read More

  • Staying in the World

    John 17:14–16

    John Calvin writes that Christ “promises to his disciples the grace of the Father; not to relieve them from all anxiety and toil, but to furnish them with invincible strength against their enemies, and not to suffer them to be ...Read More

  • The Love of the Father

    John 16:25–28

    The book of Hebrews and many other passages in Scripture indicate that Jesus intercedes with the Father for us and for the sake of our perseverance. That does not mean, however, that Jesus somehow has to convince God to be ...Read More

  • The Eutychian Heresy

    Matthew 8:24

    A mediator represents the interests of both parties, so Jesus could not perfectly represent God if He were not truly divine, and He could not perfectly represent human beings if He were not truly human. Because He possesses two distinct ...Read More

  • Seeing the Way of Salvation

    John 1:47–51

    John Calvin comments that “though the whole human race was banished from the kingdom of God, the gate of heaven is now opened to us” in Christ. On this side of heaven, the greatest thing we can see is Jesus ...Read More

  • The Old Covenant Priesthood

    Leviticus 8

    Today we have no earthly priests to stand between us and the Lord. That does not mean the instructions for the old covenant priesthood are of no value to us, however. These instructions help us understand the work of Christ ...Read More

  • Christ Our Priest

    Hebrews 2:17

    We find it difficult to know how to pray for ourselves, but Christ does not have that problem. He prays for us perfectly before His Father such that if we trust in Him, we cannot fail to persevere in faith. ...Read More

  • God’s Decree And Creation

    Genesis 1:1

    Genesis 3 tells us that not long after creation, the sin of Adam and Eve plunged the good created order into a state of disarray. Nevertheless, our fallen creation was created very good by our Creator, and God will restore ...Read More

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