• Arianism

    John 1:1–18

    Arius’ teaching — Arianism — is alive today in cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It may also be held unwittingly by Christians who have not received good teaching and believe, implicitly, that the Father is a “higher” God than ...Read More

  • Athanasius Against the World

    John 15:18

    Standing for the truth of God’s Word is often costly, as we have seen in the cases of Justin Martyr and Athanasius. However, if we have counted the cost, we will be prepared to pay the price when and if ...Read More

  • Christ’s Word and the Believer

    Colossians 3:16-17

    Paul closes out Colossians 3:17 by reminding us to do everything in the name of Jesus. This entails not merely an action accompanied by an audible expression of “in Jesus name”; rather, to do something in His name is to ...Read More

  • Council of Nicea

    John 1:1–18

    The deity of Christ is very important. As God He is able to bring us face to face with the Father and restore to us that which has been marred in the fall. Moreover, because Christ is God, there is ...Read More

  • Defenders of the Faith

    1 Peter 3:15

    Irenaeus’ confrontation of the Gnostic heresy reminds us that Christianity is a public religion. God revealed Himself in Christ to many people and not just to a select few, and there is no secret oral tradition that has been handed ...Read More

  • Destructive Heresies

    2 Peter 2:1

    Take some time today to read through 2 Peter and review the apostle’s teaching. Remember that though the false teaching we may have to face today might be different in its specific expression, all false teachers commonly deny biblical authority ...Read More

  • Early Christian Heresies

    Acts 20:28–31

    In our day, Oneness Pentecostals embrace Modalistic Monarchianism. The Jehovah’s Witnesses subscribe to Arianism, a movement that is a later development of Dynamic Monarchianism. It is important to have a good understanding of church history so that we might not ...Read More

  • Entangled Again

    2 Peter 2:20–22

    That we struggle with particular sins does not mean we do not have true faith. In his comments on today’s passage, John Calvin reminds us that true believers sin but live lives demonstrating they are not under its dominion. If ...Read More

  • False Prophets

    2 Peter 2:1

    Though systematic theologians generally use terms like “redemption” to refer to our ultimate deliverance from the penalty and presence of sin, the Bible uses these terms differently in some of its passages. As we saw today, that Jesus “bought” the ...Read More

  • The Fruit of the Gospel

    Colossians 1:5b-8

    If there is no change from smug self-righteousness to humble, selfless repentance in those who profess the gospel, then the church should consider whether it is in fact preaching the gospel and its application to all of life. Of course, ...Read More

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