• Father Abraham Devotional

    Galatians 3:6–9

    In justification, “our record does not change, but our guilt does” (R.C. Sproul, Faith Alone, p. 96). God does not ignore our sin when He justifies us, and He knows that until we die we will battle sin and even give in to it on occasion. Yet, if we believe, He will not hold our sin against us eternally and will bless us as He did Abraham. John Chrysostom writes: “It is faith above all that produces affinity with Abraham” (Ancient Christian Commentary, NT vol. 8, p. 37). View Resource

  • The Gift of the Spirit Devotional

    Galatians 3:1–5

    Good works are not wholly absent from the Christian life. They do not earn God’s favor, but they do prove that we have faith (James 2:14–26). Martin Luther says good works “ought to be done not as the cause, but as the fruits of righteousness. When we are made righteous, we ought to do them, but not contrariwise, to the end that when we are unrighteous, we may, by these, be made righteous. The tree makes the apple, but not the apple the tree.” View Resource

  • Crucified with Christ Devotional

    Galatians 2:17–21

    Issues like the curse of the Law that were raised briefly today will have to wait a few days for more analysis. In closing, note that Galatians 2:19–20 reveals that being united to Christ means being crucified with Him, as well as being raised in newness of life. John Calvin comments, “It will not be enough for any man to contemplate Christ as having died for the salvation of the world, unless he has experienced the consequences of this death, and is enabled to claim it as his own.” View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Alone Devotional

    Galatians 2:14–16

    Martin Luther’s commentary on today’s passage includes this nugget of wisdom: “God is honored in His Son. Whoever then believes that the Son is our mediator and Savior, he honors the Father, and him again does God honor; that is to say, adorns him with gifts, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, the Holy Ghost, and everlasting life.” If we would receive the gifts of God we must repent of our sins and trust Jesus alone. In whom do you put your trust? View Resource

  • Ejected From the Feast Devotional

    Matthew 22:11–14

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, and to whom he is all in all, have wedding clothes.” Personal, saving trust in Christ is necessary to be a part of His banquet. Such faith perseveres until the end of life by feeding on the Word of God preached and read and the Word of God made visible in the sacraments. Take time daily to pray for consistency in your faith and make use of the means of grace to strengthen your trust in Jesus. View Resource

  • Before the Law Devotional

    Romans 4:9–12

    In Matthew 18:21–22, Jesus tells Peter that His disciples must freely forgive others. One of the ways we can be sure that we have received forgiveness from God and are truly justified is that we are quick to forgive those who have wronged us. Are you struggling to forgive someone who has wronged you? Remember that you too do not deserve God’s pardon, and ask Him to help you forgive the one who has offended you. View Resource

  • Faith Is Counted Devotional

    Romans 4:1–8

    Again and again the New Testament warns us that our works cannot add anything to our justification. Neither can sin take away the right status of all those truly justified, though it may disrupt our fellowship with God (Eph. 4:30). Have you done something that, deep down, you consider unforgivable? If you have repented of your sin and trusted in Christ, then you need not fear the Lord’s wrath. Ask God to make His forgiveness real to you today. View Resource

  • Peace With God Devotional

    Romans 5:1–2

    Before we came to know Jesus we were at enmity with God. We sought only to war against Him and to become independent of His sovereign rule. However, once we came to know Christ and to trust in Him alone, God made peace with us. In Jesus, He did all the work necessary to end the war with us. Let us therefore offer praise to His name because instead of giving us the punishment we deserve, He poured out His wrath on His Son so that we could know His peace. View Resource

  • Be Diligent Devotional

    2 Peter 3:14

    Only if we are in Christ will we be spotless and therefore pure enough to enter the world to come. His righteousness imputed to us in justification will be the only thing that secures our entry into heaven. However, our justification reveals itself in that we are concerned to be conformed to Christ’s blamelessness in our sanctification. As you rejoice in the gift of Jesus’ perfect righteousness, always remember that this gift must motivate you to manifest holiness yourself. View Resource

  • The Remission of Sins Devotional

    Isaiah 1:18

    How do you view yourself? Do you acknowledge that you are a sinner who is no longer guilty because of Christ? Or are you weighed down by guilt for the sins that you have committed? If you have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation, you need not bear such guilt any longer. If you know Christ but struggle with guilt, ask Him to remind you that He forgives the truly repentant, and find other believers who will help to remind you of this. View Resource

  • Synthetic Justification Devotional

    Romans 1:16–17

    Because of the way heretics like to misuse the language of Scripture, theology often uses highly technical terms in order to make sure that doctrine remains faithful to the apostolic writings of the Bible. The use of analytic versus synthetic justification is one example of this. However, the most important question is, has the righteousness of Christ been imputed to you? Have you put your faith in Him alone so that His righteousness can be imputed to you for your justification? View Resource

  • Faith and Repentance Devotional

    Luke 18:9–14

    Repentance is not something that is only a part of our lives when we first come to Christ. Jesus tells us in the Lord’s Prayer that it is to be a daily practice (Matt. 6:12). When we go before the Lord, we must express sorrow for our sins and again confess our absolute dependence upon Him alone for salvation. Spend some time in prayer today focusing on repenting for your sin. Ask God to help you forgive sins committed against you, and thank Him again for His redemption. View Resource

  • By Christ Alone Devotional

    1 Corinthians 1:30

    Roman Catholic theology denies the sufficiency of Christ by regarding our works as something that adds to and makes possible a righteousness within ourselves. However, though personal holiness is important, it only demonstrates that we have been justified by faith alone because of Christ alone. It never makes us righteous enough in God’s eyes. In prayer, ask the Lord to make you daily despair of your ability to earn His favor and to enable you to trust in Christ alone. View Resource

  • The Means of Salvation Devotional

    Romans 3:28

    In a few days, we will discuss the differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants regarding justification in more detail. Today we will note that, according to Scripture, justification does not infuse a righteousness that we must maintain in our nature. Rather, it legally declares us righteous in God’s sight. Once granted, this declaration can never be rescinded. Let gratitude for this declaration motivate you to die daily to sin and live faithfully before the face of God. View Resource

  • God’s Legal Declaration Devotional

    Romans 3:23–24

    How do you hope to stand before the judgment seat of God? Are you counting on your own goodness? Or, do you understand that the depth of your sin makes it impossible that your good works could ever make you righteous in God’s sight? The Gospel tells us that we can be accepted into God’s presence based not on our own righteousness but on the righteousness of Christ alone. Go before the Father today confessing your need for this righteousness. View Resource