• 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

  • Numbering the Levites

    1 Chronicles 23

    Under the new covenant, we have been made priests to our God. Under the old covenant, only select individuals could enter God’s direct presence in worship—the priests, but more specifically, the high priest alone. In Christ, we can all enter ...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

  • The Lord’s Supper Commanded

    Luke 22:14–20

    The preaching of the Word of God delivers the message of the cross to us audibly. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper delivers the message of the cross via our sight, smell, taste, and touch. As we partake of the supper, ...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 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

  • 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

  • One People Throughout History

    <p>Exodus 19:1&ndash;6</p>

    Because God has only one people, the promises He makes under each covenant to the corporate body apply to all of His people. We are not disconnected from Abraham, Esther, Ezra, the intertestamental Jews, or any others who make up ...Read More

  • Penal Substitution

    Isaiah 53

    All people have a sense of guilt for their transgressions no matter how hard they try to suppress it. The only way to lose the weight of guilt is to have it removed through atonement. If you have trusted in ...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

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