• Our Hiddenness in God Devotional

    Colossians 3:3-4

    The world sees Christians as ignorant, backward, and even evil because God has concealed our identity to all except those who trust His only begotten Son. Because of the sin that still clings to us, however, sometimes we cannot see that God’s ways alone make up the future and are tempted to compromise. Let us recall that our true identity is hidden in the Lord and that goodness, as God defines it, will last forever. View Resource

  • Where to Set Our Minds Devotional

    Colossians 3:1-2

    As we recall the great inheritance of the age to come, we will seek more and more to enjoy a greater foretaste of the blessings that will come in that day when sin will be no more. Knowing that sin will be gone in the consummation, we will seek to mortify our transgressions today so that our experience might better approximate how wonderful our lives will be when we no longer have any inclination to evil in the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:1–4). View Resource

  • Human Precepts and Teachings Devotional

    Colossians 2:21-22

    Scripture is actually a repetitive book, and we have seen a glimpse of this in Colossians 2 as Paul reminds us over and over that our obedience to law can do nothing to free us from evil. The Bible needs to be this repetitive because we are thick-headed and prone to try to make ourselves righteous by our own efforts. Jesus alone can make us righteous, and continual turning to Him is the only way to ensure that Satan has no undue influence on us. View Resource

  • God-Given Growth Devotional

    Colossians 2:19

    There is a sinful tendency in all of us to cut ourselves off from Christ, the Head of the body of Christ and only source of life-sustaining nourishment. It may not display itself overtly in false worship as it did with the Colossian heretics, but perhaps through legalism or a sectarianism that is ever on the lookout for the perfect church. May we never be guilty of cutting ourselves off from Christ. View Resource

  • Canceling Our Debt Devotional

    Colossians 2:13-14

    That God no longer regards us as guilty, because of our union with Christ, does not mean that He has overlooked our sin, for He has judged it in the flesh of His Son, whose perfect righteousness is credited to our account. Let us therefore walk in the freedom He has purchased for us, not thinking that we must do things to make Him love us but endeavoring to please Him because of the great love He showed us when we were yet sinners. View Resource

  • Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions Devotional

    Colossians 1:24

    We may not always think of it in this way, but our suffering for the cause of Christ actually brings us closer to the day of His return, for God has ordained that the day of Jesus’ victorious coming would be hastened through the work of His people (2 Peter 3:11–13). It is therefore possible to find comfort and joy as we endure pain and tragedy for the gospel’s sake, for our trouble is filling up what is lacking in the messianic woes allotted to this age. View Resource

  • The Resurrection and the Life Devotional

    John 11:17-27

    God made us as beings of both flesh and spirit, and we will experience our redemption fully only when both body and spirit have been raised and glorified. On that day, we will be free of all disease and pain, and we will be able to live as we were originally made to live — in the very presence of our Lord. Let us rejoice that God will not reject these bodies of ours but will perfect them in the day of Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • The Good Shepherd Devotional

    John 10:11-21

    Our Lord has but one flock, and all of the sheep He has purchased with His blood will leave the flocks into which they are born and become His sheep when He calls. All the other flocks are destined for destruction and are ruled by cruel shepherds, but the flock of the Lord is destined for life eternal under the watchful eye of the Good Shepherd. We never need be afraid that this Shepherd will abandon His flock. View Resource

  • The Door of the Sheep Devotional

    John 10:1-10

    There are many today who want to put more than one door on God’s sheepfold, usually by believing in the possibility of salvation for those who do not put their trust in Jesus alone (but who are sincere in their spiritual quest). To do this is not a sign of humility; rather, it denies the life-giving message of the gospel to others. May we stand firm for the truth that Christ alone can save lost human beings. View Resource

  • The Light of the World Devotional

    John 8:12-30

    Blindness to Jesus’ identity is not an intellectual problem but a moral one: “Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19). We can show that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God, but it takes a change in heart in the unbeliever to acquiesce to these truths. That is why we must pray for the Spirit to convert even as we are diligent to present and defend the gospel. View Resource

  • The Bread of Life Devotional

    John 6:22-59

    The first time we feed on Christ by faith, putting our trust in Him alone for salvation, we are brought out of the kingdom of darkness into the light. We are sustained in the faith that saves us as we continue to feed on the Savior, learning from Him as we read God’s Word and hear it preached, and as we experience His presence among His people through the sacraments. If we regularly taste and savor Jesus, we can be assured of our salvation. View Resource

  • The True Firstborn of Israel Devotional

    Colossians 1:18

    Matthew Henry explains in his commentary on today’s passage that Christ “has given us evidence of our resurrection from the dead.” We are confident that we have a share in the full blessings of the age to come because the true Lamb of God died in our place, which enables the Father to righteously pass over us in His wrath, instead granting us eternal life. Without the resurrection of Jesus, we are without hope in this world. View Resource

  • The Great Sustainer Devotional

    Colossians 1:16-17

    C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “Let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His [Jesus] being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” The foolishness of humanity and false religion is seen in the willingness to accept Jesus as a good teacher, but nothing more. He is either the Lord, Creator, and Sustainer of all, or He is worthy of no more regard than we would give any other talented teacher. View Resource

  • The Invisible Made Visible Devotional

    Colossians 1:15

    It is easy and not very costly to admire Jesus as a great moral teacher, but the proper response to Christ is not mere admiration but worship. We are called not simply to follow His guidelines but to throw ourselves at His feet in adoration and praise. Consequently, if we want others to have a proper view of the Messiah, then we need to be careful and always speak of Him as God incarnate, who rules over all. View Resource

  • Tying It All Together Devotional

    Galatians 3:1-8

    Even though the Bible is filled with a variety of voices and was written over the span of nearly two thousand years, its inspiration by God the Holy Spirit has given it a unity that transcends its variety. There is one gospel of the kingdom proclaimed in Scripture, and we must receive it by faith if we would enjoy fellowship with our Creator forever. May we persevere in this faith as we await the full privileges of our heavenly citizenship to arrive. View Resource