• Resting on Grace Devotional

    Romans 4:16a

    Dr. R.C. Sproul comments in his commentary on Romans: “It is Christ’s righteousness that justifies us. All we bring to the table is our trust in Him and His righteousness. If we add one ounce of our own righteousness as our confidence, we repudiate the gospel.” Those of faith will do good works, but they do not bring those works to God and ask Him to justify them based upon their deeds. Faith alone means grace alone, and grace alone means that God alone gets the glory for our salvation. View Resource

  • Not by Works Devotional

    Romans 4:1–3

    We’ll consider the nature of justification and faith in more detail over the next few days. Today we note the significance of the opposition of doing and believing with regard to justification. Faith is something we exercise, but Paul does not consider it a work in the same way that obedience to the law is. Works involve the bringing of what we do to God and saying that we deserve justification. Faith involves the admission that nothing we can do makes us deserving of salvation. View Resource

  • No Room for Boasting Devotional

    Romans 3:27–28

    In his commentary on Romans, Douglas J. Moo writes, “God’s wrath is the inevitable and necessary reaction of absolute holiness to sin.” The Lord must judge sinners, and we cannot endure this judgment, but Christ bears it in our place if we trust in Him alone. There is no room in any of this for our good works to secure our place in heaven, and we must be clear on this. Sinners can only be justified on the principle of faith, and we cannot boast in anything we have done. View Resource

  • Weighing Our Works Devotional

    Romans 2:6–8

    Dr. R.C. Sproul’s hymn Clothed in Righteousness features these lines: “No work of ours is good enough for evil to atone. Your merit Lord is all we have; it saves and it alone.” Scripture is clear that obedience to God is important but that it is imperfect and cannot make us righteous in His sight. The Lord will weigh our works and reward those done in Christ’s name, but they will not be the basis for whether He gives us everlasting life. For that we rely on the righteousness of Jesus alone. View Resource

  • Believing Versus Doing Devotional

    Galatians 3:10–14

    We can say with certainty that the one temptation that all people have in common is the temptation to believe we can make ourselves right with God, that our efforts, even when done with His help, are good enough to meet His standards. But the Lord does not ask us to be good enough; rather, we are to be perfect (Matt. 5:48). That means that only Christ’s perfect righteousness can suffice to put us in a right relationship with the Father. We must trust in Him and in Him alone. View Resource

  • Proving Our Faith Devotional

    Isaiah 58

    Our good works do not get us into the kingdom of God, but they do evidence the authenticity of our faith. We cannot rely in any way whatsoever on these works if we want to see God, but if we do not have good works, we do not have the trust in Christ alone that justifies us and therefore lays hold of eternal life. We must distinguish faith and good works, but we must not separate them. Faith always and necessarily gives birth to good works of gratitude. View Resource

  • The Law of God Devotional

    Exodus 20:1–17

    In recent years, there has been a lot of controversy in the United States as to the placement of the Ten Commandments in public. In all of this rancor, however, we should never forget that the commandments should first be inscribed on our hearts. It is a good idea to memorize the Ten Commandments that we might know God and His will better, worship Him rightly, serve Him with gladness, and love Him more fully. View Resource

  • Guided by the law Devotional

    Matthew 15:1–9

    Under the old covenant, the covenant community was enslaved to sin and, therefore, burdened by God’s law. In contrast, we live under the new covenant, the era in which God has poured out His Holy Spirit abundantly. If we are in Christ, we have His Spirit and want to follow His guidance, delighting in His law. For the regenerate person, God’s law is not a burden but a delight because it points us to Christ and shows us how to walk in His ways. View Resource

  • Faith and the Law Devotional

    Hebrews 11:6

    We have a duty to do what is good, which means that we have a duty to do the right things for the right reasons. Although we should do right even when we are not motivated by faith and God’s glory, we can hardly call a deed “good” in the sight of the Lord if we do not do it for the sake of His glory. We need to repent continually for our impure motivations and ask God to give us a strong desire to do all things unto His glory and praise. View Resource

  • The Source of Daily Faith Devotional

    James 2:14-26

    Think back over your Christian life. How has your encounter with Christ changed you? What things do you do now because of your faith in Christ? In what areas has Christ called you to deeper obedience? But consider the present as well: Are you resisting obedience to Christ in some areas? Strive to live by faith in your obedience. View Resource

  • True Faith Devotional

    Romans 10:10-13

    The confession “Jesus is Lord” was perilous in Paul’s day. A person could easily lose his or her life. In today’s free world this is no longer the case, thankfully. Ask God for courage in the relatively minor persecutions we face today, and for faithfulness in any deeper persecutions we may face in the future. View Resource

  • Grace Fulfills the Law Devotional

    Galatians 4:21–5:26

    Some nominal “believers” are professors of faith only. All who claim to be in Christ must also be possessors of faith. Read slowly and carefully the two lists of Galatians 5:19–23. Where do you need help? Pray through each of the sins and blessings listed. Examine yourself, and ask God to grant His Spirit to transform your life. View Resource

  • Faith and Works? Devotional

    James 2:14–26

    One theologian has said that we must employ the theology of the second glance. Admittedly, there are passages which at first seem to imply the opposite of what one knows is orthodox. A more careful approach resolves apparent contradictions. Thank God for teachers who clearly explain the one way of salvation. View Resource