• Abraham’s One Offspring

    Galatians 3:15–16

    Today’s passage reminds us that we receive the promised blessing of God not by genetics but through personal trust in the Messiah. Thus, the true children of Abraham are those who have faith — whether Jew or Gentile. In this ...Read More

  • Adoption in Christ Jesus

    Galatians 4:4–5

    Augustine comments on the differences between us and Jesus: “We are sons of God through his generosity and the condescension of his mercy, whereas he is Son by nature, sharing the same divinity with the Father” (Ancient Christian Commentary on ...Read More

  • Baptism and Children

    Genesis 17

    The sacraments are primarily about God and His promises, not about us and our response. To baptize only those who have professed faith may run the risk of making baptism more about our response to God than about God’s initiative ...Read More

  • Baptism and Circumcision

    Colossians 2:11–12

    Preeminently, repentance and faith are the covenant obligations for those who receive the sacrament. Just as those who were circumcised had to repent and believe, so must those who are baptized repent and believe. If we do not, we will ...Read More

  • Baptism and Time

    Acts 10:44–48

    God promises His grace to His elect in baptism, but because He is sovereign, we cannot say that God always regenerates those who are baptized. But we know that God is a good Father, and we should pray for those ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Preservation

    Genesis 8:20–22

    How often do we think about the good gift of a stable and predictable natural order? The consistent rhythm of the seasons, the sun and moon, and even the weather enables us to make plans, grow crops, and do a ...Read More

  • Cursed on Our Behalf

    Galatians 3:13–14

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians gives this pastoral advice: “So if sin vex you, and death terrify you, think that it is (as indeed it is) but an imagination and a false illusion of the devil. For there is now ...Read More

  • The Curse of the Law

    Galatians 3:10

    Martin Luther comments on Galatians 2:17 that God’s law “requires perfect obedience unto God, and condemns all those who do not accomplish the same,” and on 3:10 he says that to follow God’s commandments is not to do them “in ...Read More

  • The Davidic Covenant

    2 Samuel 7:1–17

    The early church father Cyprian of Carthage writes that the Davidic covenant points finally to Christ and His church: “Christ should be the house and temple of God and that the old temple should cease, and the new one should ...Read More

  • David’s Final Charge to Israel

    1 Chronicles 28:1–19

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “God’s commandments will not be kept without great care.” If we are to obey the Lord, then we must pay close attention to His law. Just as the people of Israel needed exhortation to ...Read More

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