• By Grace, Not Works Devotional

    Romans 11:6

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “These two concepts—grace and works—are mutually exclusive… . It is one or the other, grace or works.” A day does not go by in which we are not tempted to make our effort at least a small part of the reason why the Lord accepts us. That is why we must keep coming back to the Bible’s teaching on grace. If we waver on this and admit our works in any sense, we have compromised the gospel and have no assurance of salvation. View Resource

  • The Davidic Covenant Devotional

    2 Samuel 7:1-17

    God’s gracious promise to David reminds us that God’s mercy does not come at the expense of His justice. The Lord pledged to discipline David’s line, which ultimately alludes to the justice that the Messiah would receive in behalf of His people. When God forgives us, it is because Christ has satisfied the Lord’s just demands in our place. His grace to us is that we do not experience His wrath, and thus we can see His mercy in its glory. View Resource

  • The Covenant of Grace Devotional

    Genesis 3

    Scripture often depicts the Lord as One who is slow to anger and patient with sinners (Ex. 34:6). The fact that He did not destroy Adam and Eve right away after they sinned in Eden is perhaps the best example of this. We are not to presume upon God’s kindness, but neither should we think that the Lord is just looking for us to slip up so that He can strike us down. He is eager for us to repent, and that is what we must do when His Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin. View Resource

  • The Covenant of Works Devotional

    Genesis 2:15-17

    Adam represented all of his naturally conceived-and-born descendants in Eden, which means that when he broke the covenant, we were all declared covenant breakers. We enter the world bound to fulfill the covenant of works and yet already condemned for having broken it. All people know this in their heart of hearts, and they try to atone for it by their good works. But only the works of Christ can save us, and we must encourage people to trust not in themselves but in Christ. View Resource

  • The Spirit’s Internal Witness Devotional

    Romans 8:16-17

    More than once we have referred to the reality of the “already/not yet” situation in which Christians find themselves. Already we are children of God and heirs, but our possession of the full inheritance is not yet. Our present possession of the Spirit, however, is the guarantee that the inheritance is coming (Eph. 1:13-14). Today, take some time to reflect on the tremendous privilege of being a child of the Lord, and thank Him for the inheritance that is surely ours in Christ. View Resource

  • Free from the Law Devotional

    Romans 7:1-3

    God never intended for sinners to justify themselves by keeping the law, but the law does remind us that God demands perfect obedience for justification. Because we cannot obey God perfectly, unconverted people seize the law and lower God’s standards or overestimate their goodness to convince themselves that they have done enough to earn His favor. That itself is sin, for such actions really accuse God of lying about His standards or our abilities. Only in Christ can we escape this. View Resource

  • Living Under Grace Devotional

    Romans 6:15

    We will discuss what it means to not be under law in the days ahead. Today, Dr. R.C. Sproul’s commentary Romans will help us understand Paul’s point: “We are no longer under the law in the sense of being underneath the awesome, weighty burden of the law… . We are no longer in the condition of being crushed under the weight of the law, no longer oppressed by its burden of guilt and judgment.” We are no longer under the law as guilty people, for we are righteous in Christ. View Resource

  • Living Under Grace Devotional

    Romans 6:14

    John Calvin notes that we are no longer under the law for justification: “We are no longer subject to the law, as requiring perfect righteousness, and pronouncing death on all who deviate from it in any part.” While old covenant saints were not saved by keeping the law, it nonetheless was a heavy burden that reminded them of God’s demands while giving no power to fulfill them. This is the burden we all feel before grace, but Christ releases us from the burden to serve Him in freedom. View Resource

  • 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

  • That Good May Come Devotional

    Romans 3:8

    Telling people that they have not done and cannot do enough to merit the kingdom of God provokes all sorts of hostile reactions. Some question the Lord’s justice. Others accuse the preacher of telling people they should sin with abandon. We cannot prevent people from misunderstanding the gospel. We can strive for gospel clarity to help mitigate this, but what we can never do is change the gospel and remove its offense. View Resource

  • Judgment and Salvation Devotional

    Isaiah 59:14–21

    We who have been purchased by Christ might sometimes feel like we should just go along with the unrighteousness around us. Yet though the cost of following the Lord is great, and may even be greater in the days ahead, we should never lose hope and think our suffering is in vain. For as Isaiah also says in today’s passage, “a Redeemer will come to Zion” (Isa. 59:20). God will intervene to vindicate us, revealing to the whole world on the last day that we made the right choice in obeying Him. View Resource

  • Responding to the Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 55

    God works through means. In justification, the sole instrumental means He uses is the faith He gives us to lay hold of Christ’s perfect righteousness—the sole ground of our being declared righteous before Him. We must trust Jesus alone to be saved. Yet salvation remains a free gift, one we do nothing to earn and to which we contribute nothing. It is all of grace, and we must not tire of proclaiming that glorious truth. We can be assured of our redemption only if it is the entirely free gift of the Lord. View Resource

  • The Lord of Grace, Mercy, and Justice Devotional

    Isaiah 30:18

    God must give us new hearts if we are to repent (Eph. 2:8–10). But once these hearts are ours, we must turn to Him for salvation both from His wrath and our enemies. He will deliver us if we patiently trust in Him. John Calvin writes that those “who allow themselves to be hurried away by impatience, and do not repent of their crimes and their wickedness, are wretched and miserable, and will at length perish; for without hope in God there can be no salvation or happiness.” View Resource

  • The Holiness of Christ Devotional

    Mark 4:35-41

    When we trust in Jesus, we are His holy people by God’s decree, and, over time, we become holy in our experience as we put sin to death and grow in likeness to Christ. In Jesus, we have a twofold hope: We can stand in the midst of God’s holiness unafraid. But we can also become holy as we obey Him in the Spirit’s power. This latter holiness does not get us into heaven; only on account of Christ’s righteousness can we be declared just before God. Still, we do grow in holiness as we follow Jesus. 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