• The Worship of All Flesh Devotional

    Isaiah 66:15–24

    Isaiah also conveys the glorious blessing of the new heavens and earth in today’s passage when he says “some of them also I will take for priests” (Isa. 66:21). He is referring to the Gentiles, and this would have been incredible for the original audience to hear. Most Jews could not be priests, but the fact that God would make some Gentiles priests points to the equality of Jew and Gentile under the new covenant. In Christ, we are all priests to the Most High God. View Resource

  • The New Heavens and Earth Devotional

    Isaiah 65:17–20

    If we were asked to give a simple one-sentence summary of Christian eschatology, this would certainly suffice: God is going to make all things right. That includes even the physical world. The Lord will fully transform all things, renewing them so that there will be no cause for pain, mourning, or anything else that we dread so much. This is the hope that lies before us, and knowing that all will be set right in the future helps us endure pain in the present. View Resource

  • Our Final Rescue From Affliction Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 1:5–10

    At His return, Jesus “will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven” (The Heidelberg Catechism, A. 52). What greater comfort could there be than to know that we will live before the face of God forever, free from sin and all the pain that it causes? Let us pray that we will always long for this great day and that our longing for it will make us more willing to suffer for the kingdom whenever it is necessary. View Resource

  • The Final Judgment Devotional

    Acts 17:22–34

    The assurance of the coming final judgment should motivate us to share the Gospel with our loved ones who do not know Christ. Friends and family who do not follow Jesus will suffer for eternity because their sins have not been forgiven. What are you doing to prepare for those opportunities to present the Gospel? Are you looking for chances to serve others for the sake of Christ? Are you training yourself to answer the questions and objections of non-believers? View Resource

  • The Return of Christ Devotional

    Acts 1:6–11

    The sure hope of the Lord’s return has provided strength to many a suffering Christian. Knowing that Jesus will come again to consummate God’s kingdom helps us see the trials of life in their proper perspective and endure them for the sake of Jesus. When we are weighed down with illness or are suffering tribulation simply for being a follower of Christ, let us not focus on the pain of the suffering now but on the return of our Lord who will destroy death forever. View Resource

  • The Millennium, Part II Devotional

    Habakkuk 2:14

    Postmillennialists do not deny that there will be tares in God’s kingdom until Jesus returns (Matt. 13:24–30). Still, Dr. Keith A. Mathison notes that “at the end of the age, the Son returns to a field of wheat, not a field of tares” (Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope, pp. 210–211). Whichever millennial view we hold, all believers should have confidence in the Spirit’s power. If we follow His ways and not our own, we can powerfully witness the reign of Jesus. View Resource

  • Eyewitnesses of Majesty Devotional

    2 Peter 1:16–18

    In our day many claim that those who wrote the New Testament were not eyewitnesses of the ministry of Jesus. However, as today’s passage contends, many were eyewitnesses of the events described. In the case of someone like Luke, those who walked with Christ during His first advent were carefully interviewed. Spend some time reviewing the evidence for the historicity of the New Testament so that you might answer critics of the Bible. View Resource

  • Who Is the Antichrist? Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

    Read the verses cited above in John’s epistles. How were you antichrist before you believed? What antichrists do you see operating both nationally and locally today? Practically speaking, what can you see in John’s letters that indicates how you should respond to such people? View Resource

  • The Rapture Question Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    Where is your faith? Is it in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, or is it in a hope that you will be “raptured” out of suffering? Remain confident in Christ’s ultimate triumph, remain willing to take up your cross daily and suffer for your king. View Resource

  • The Millennium: When Is It? Devotional

    Revelation 20:1-15

    Most of the Reformers and the Puritans were postmils. Calvin, though, was an amil, and Dutch Calvinism, after a postmil start, has tended to be amil. Fundamentalism of the last 150 years has tended to be premil. In light of such diverse “biblical” positions, resist the temptation to be dogmatic on this issue. Avoid the scandal of division over doctrinal nuance which is not relative to salvation. View Resource

  • The Importance of Prophecy Devotional

    Mark 13:1-23

    Prophecy is important. It shows God’s control over history, in that what He predicts does come to pass. Take care not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” when rightly rejecting the fantasies of some prophecy teachers today. View Resource

  • The Return of the Lord Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 4

    Sometimes modern Christians are so enamored with the Second Coming that they overlook the ways Jesus comes to us today. The Bible says that Christ comes each Lord’s Day (Day of the Lord) to judge and restore His people. Consider how you can better prepare for each Lord’s Day worship as an anticipation of His Second coming. View Resource