• Sanctified by Christ’s Will

    Hebrews 10:8–10

    We cooperate with God in our sanctification, seeking to obey Him and partaking of the means of grace—the Word, sacraments, and prayer—but we do not make ourselves holy. That is the work of God, who operates in and through these ...Read More

  • The Inspired Sword

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    We should be suspicious anytime we find a professed Christian teacher who is reluctant to affirm that the Bible is itself the very Word of God. This is how Scripture presents itself, and we have no right to have a ...Read More

  • David’s Return to Jerusalem

    2 Samuel 19:1–23

    David’s loyal supporters were disheartened when the king mourned overtly for the one who had tried to kill him. Though we will likely not face the same kind of trouble that David did, we should likewise be aware that people ...Read More

  • Saul’s Initial Success

    1 Samuel 11

    God’s kingdom advances when His people come together as one and follow His obedient king. Ultimately, this occurs as we follow the leadership of Christ, patterning our churches according to His directions and growing in love and truth. To see ...Read More

  • An Angel of Light?

    2 Corinthians 11:12–15

    Our Creator delights to forgive sinners (Mic. 7:18), so we can be sure that when we repent and turn to Christ alone, He pardons our wickedness. We must never forget the holiness of God, which reveals our need of forgiveness, ...Read More

  • Jesus Appears to His Disciples

    John 20:19–22

    John Calvin comments that Jesus pledged the Spirit to His disciples in order to equip them for pastoral ministry. He writes, “Those whom Christ calls to the pastoral office he likewise adorns with the necessary gifts, that they may be ...Read More

  • When the Spirit Baptizes Us

    Acts 1:8

    One problem with believing that some believers do not have the Holy Spirit is that it creates a two-class system of Christianity and divides the body. Not all of us are at the same stage of spiritual growth, but all ...Read More

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Luke 3:15–17

    If you are a Christian, you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and have been empowered for ministry. Thus, if you know what your gifts are, you are responsible to use them for the benefit of others. If you ...Read More

  • The Holy Spirit and Courage

    John 14:27b

    The Holy Spirit is with His people to give them courage. Therefore, the question for us is whether we will follow His lead and do what is right even when we are afraid. Let us not look to ourselves for ...Read More

  • The Coming of Jesus

    John 14:18–20

    Dr. R.C. Sproul, in his commentary John, notes that the indwelling of Christ in His disciples has ramifications for how we treat other believers. “If we cannot love another person for his or her own sake, we must do ...Read More

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