• Rome’s Analytic View of Justification Devotional

    Romans 1:16–17

    Roman Catholics and Protestants differ on several fundamental matters, not the least of which is the doctrine of justification. It is essential that we do not blur the lines on this issue, for the very gospel is at stake. We, therefore, do well to understand both the Roman Catholic view of justification and the biblical view. That way, we can properly represent the views of those with whom we disagree without being led astray into falsehood. View Resource

  • Christ Our Righteousness Devotional

    1 Corinthians 1:30–31

    Jesus is the only human being who has ever had perfect faith in God. The faith the Lord demands from us is real faith, not perfect faith, and faith can be real even if it is imperfect. Still, we are never to be satisfied with imperfect faith but are to seek growth in our willingness to trust God over the course of our lives (2 Thess. 1:3). We can grow our faith through the study of Scripture, prayer, and the diligent use of God’s other means of grace. View Resource

  • For Abraham’s Sake and Ours Devotional

    Romans 4:22–25

    As sinners, we regularly overlook the faults and transgressions of others. We know that no sinner is perfect, and so we are often willing to give people a pass when they do the very same misdeeds of which we ourselves are guilty. Yet, we err when we project this same attitude onto God. He demands absolute perfection, and the good news of the gospel is that Christ has met our need for perfection and that we benefit from His work through faith alone. View Resource

  • Not by Works of the Law Devotional

    Galatians 2:15–16

    We see people doing good things every day — loving their children, caring for elderly parents, giving money to cancer research, and so on. Nevertheless, even the best deeds of sinners are insufficient in God’s sight. Even if unregenerate people were able to do deeds that are truly good (and they cannot), such deeds would not make up for even their “minor” sins. We can appreciate the outwardly good deeds of unbelievers, but they must still believe the gospel to be justified. View Resource

  • Our Living Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:3-5

    Jesus’ death is not significant because He was a good man who died but because He was a perfect man who died and rose again. The resurrection is certain proof that death has no rightful claim on those who obey God perfectly and, therefore, that it has no rightful claim on those who are declared just by faith alone. Christ’s resurrection proves His obedience, thereby confirming our safety from God’s wrath when this merit is imputed to us. View Resource

  • The Righteousness of God by Faith Devotional

    Philippians 3:7–9

    Not all of us tried to earn our way to God by the Mosaic law before knowing Christ. Probably, most of us just sought to do the good we could, hoping it would outweigh our bad deeds. Regardless, we had to turn from our own attempts at earning a right status with God when we came to Jesus. But since old habits die hard, we must daily turn from our own efforts to make ourselves right with the Lord and rest in Jesus alone. View Resource

  • Faith and Works Devotional

    James 2:14-26

    Again let us be clear, our good works do not get us into heaven. However, they do reveal the faith that lays hold of the benefits of Christ and takes possession of eternal salvation. We must always be careful to make the distinction that while faith alone justifies us, the faith that justifies is never alone but demonstrated to be alive through good deeds. How is your faith manifesting itself this day? View Resource

  • James Versus Paul? Devotional

    James 2:24

    Tomorrow we will look at James’ argument in 2:14–26 more closely. Today, be reminded that God’s Word must be consistent because the One who hates all falsehood has revealed it. If He said one thing in Ephesians but contradicted Himself in James, at least one of these statements would have to be untrue. If we think we have found a “contradiction” in Scripture, we can be sure that we have interpreted something incorrectly. View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Devotional

    Habakkuk 2:4

    Citizenship in any kingdom demands certain things, and in the kingdom of God, citizenship demands righteousness. We cannot attain this righteousness on our own, for it must be imputed to us by the great King of this kingdom. Those who trust Christ alone are declared righteous citizens of His kingdom, and the faith that lays hold of this righteousness is a faith that perseveres in both good times and in bad. View Resource

  • Faith Alone Devotional

    Galatians 2:15-16

    The imputation of Christ’s righteousness is the ultimate basis for our justification, a teaching we will explore in a few days. Today what we must remember is that good works do not set us right before God, although they do prove that He has declared us righteous in Christ (James 2:14–26). If we have to trust in our works at all, even if only a little bit, we can never be assured of our justification. None of us can do enough good to stand in God’s presence. View Resource

  • The Carnal Christian Devotional

    1 Corinthians 3:1-4

    We must always be clear that our good works can never make us righteous before God. Yet we must be equally clear that justifying faith immediately and inevitably evidences itself through good works such as our confession of faith and acts of charity towards our neighbors. Can people tell by your life that you trust in Christ, or is your profession of faith empty? What is one good work you can do today out of a desire to demonstrate your love for Jesus? View Resource

  • Suffering for Righteousness Devotional

    If you are suffering, reflect on these questions: Is it because of your own bad decisions? Is it because of your circumstances? Are you suffering for righteousness’ sake or is your suffering self-inflicted? View Resource

  • Former Slaves Devotional

    Galatians 4:1–3

    Matthew Henry comments that in Christ the era of slavery is over, for “the time appointed by the Father having come, we are under a dispensation of greater light and liberty.” If we try to earn our place before God by keeping His Law, we will be slaves to evil, but if we seek to be filled by the Spirit and realize that our standing before Him is grounded in Christ, we will spontaneously and joyously obey Him. Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit today. View Resource

  • Inheritance by the Promise Devotional

    Galatians 3:17–18

    Ephesians 1:13–14 says the Holy Spirit is the “guarantee” of our inheritance. When Jesus returns to usher in the new heavens and earth (Rev. 21), the promises to Abraham will reach their consummation as we are blessed with eternal life in a resurrected body. Our enemies will be no more and we will enjoy the presence of God forever. Let us put our hope in this inheritance and long for the days when all these things will come to pass. View Resource

  • The Curse of the Law Devotional

    Galatians 3:10

    Martin Luther comments on Galatians 2:17 that God’s law “requires perfect obedience unto God, and condemns all those who do not accomplish the same,” and on 3:10 he says that to follow God’s commandments is not to do them “in outward show only, but in spirit, that is, truly and perfectly.” All of us should be daily recognizing our inability to please God in and of ourselves, repenting of our sin, and looking to Jesus alone for our righteousness. View Resource