• Living in the Light of Day Devotional

    Romans 13:12-14

    Jerome, one of the most important biblical scholars of the ancient church, comments on today’s passage that we are to “live our lives in the same way now as we are going to live in the day, that is, in the future world.” Our lives should not mirror those who have no hope and are trapped in the darkness; rather, we are to live as citizens of the kingdom to which we belong, the kingdom of light for which the Lord is preparing us by His Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • Salvation Draws Near Devotional

    Romans 13:11

    God always finishes the work that He starts, and if we are in Christ now, our future glorification is assured. This helps us put our confidence in the right place. Because the Lord has us in His hand, we can trust that He will work out all His purposes for us. When we grow discouraged with the lack of holiness in our lives, we must remember that God is working in us, that He will finish what He started, and that if we seek His face, we will enjoy all the benefits of His redemption. View Resource

  • God’s Sovereign Mercy Devotional

    Romans 9:14-16

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans: “If grace is owed, it is not grace. The very essence of grace is its voluntary character. God reserves to Himself the sovereign, absolute right to give grace to some and withhold that grace from others.” If we demand that God show grace, we misunderstand grace. Only when we are clear that grace is free can we know that we are wholly undeserving of salvation, and only then can we be truly thankful that the Lord has redeemed us. View Resource

  • More than Conquerors Devotional

    Romans 8:35-37

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “We are conquerors by virtue of Christ’s victory. We have nothing to do but pursue the victory, and to divide the spoil, and so are more than conquerors.” Because we are in Christ, we share in His victory over all that opposes God and His people. We enjoy the firstfruits of this victory now—justification, the Holy Spirit, many physical blessings—and we will share fully in its consummation in the new heavens and earth. View Resource

  • None Can Condemn Devotional

    Romans 8:33-34

    As if our justification were not enough, Paul also points to the objective reality of Christ’s intercession for us. In conjunction with the Holy Spirit, Jesus intercedes with us, and He has a “preoccupation with the security of his people” (Murray). He asks His Father to give us all that we need to persevere in our faith, and the perfect love between the three persons of the Trinity means this prayer is always according to God’s will and always accomplishes that for which our Lord prays. View Resource

  • No Condemnation In Christ Devotional

    Romans 8:1-2

    As we strive to obey God and walk in the Spirit, we will find ourselves falling short. It is at those points that we must remember that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Our sins and failures do not move the Lord to give up on us or to cast us out of the kingdom, for we are secure in Christ. Secure in Christ, we live a life of faith and repentance, continually serving the Lord and putting sin to death. View Resource

  • Slavery to Sin and Its Fruit Devotional

    Romans 6:20-21

    If there is anything we learn from today’s passage and the whole of Romans 6:15–23, it is that Scripture knows nothing of an autonomous existence in which we have no master to serve. We are made to be servants, and we will serve either the master of sin or the master of righteousness—God Himself. We cannot serve the master of righteousness apart from God’s grace, and if He has bought us with the blood of Christ, we will—imperfectly but truly—serve Him. 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

  • The Reign of Grace Devotional

    Romans 5:20–21

    Paul has more to say about the law that we will consider in due time. Today, we note that the law is not contrary to grace but allows us to see it more plainly. For justification, the law multiplies transgression, revealing it for what it is and driving us to Christ for the righteousness that alone can justify us. Where the law shows the gravity of sin, the awesome grace of God is seen in contrast. As the law shows sin’s darkness, we rejoice that the light of God’s mercy and grace overcomes evil. View Resource

  • Constituting Us Righteous Devotional

    Romans 5:18–19

    The parallels between the imputation of sin and righteousness demonstrate that it is erroneous to believe righteousness is a metaphysical reality that is infused into the believer. John Calvin writes, “The gift of righteousness is not a quality with which God endows us, as some absurdly explain it, but a gratuitous imputation of righteousness.” Righteousness is a legal status based on works, and sinners can only possess it if they are resting in the works of Christ alone. View Resource

  • Raised for Our Justification Devotional

    Romans 4:24b–25

    In his lectures on Romans, Martin Luther comments on the death and resurrection of our Savior, showing that it demonstrates that Christ’s “death not only signifies but actually effects the remission of sin as a most sufficient satisfaction.” We can have confidence that our sin has been fully and finally atoned for because of the resurrection of Christ. There is nothing left to be done to pay for sin. If we trust in Jesus, we are covered by His blood forever. View Resource

  • The Non-Imputation of Sin Devotional

    Romans 4:6–8

    As we will see in due time, the counting or imputation we enjoy in justification is not merely a negative imputation but also a positive one. Dr. Sproul also writes, “The only righteousness we possess is the righteousness of Christ, and we possess it by transfer, by reckoning, by imputation.” We stand before God in Christ; though He knows we have sinned, He does not regard us as unrighteous but as righteous. He gives us eternal life according to Christ’s righteousness, not our own. View Resource

  • Counting Faith as Righteousness Devotional

    Romans 4:4–5

    A desire to obey God and do good in itself is not opposed to faith. The problem arises when we see our works as the basis upon which God declares us righteous. John Calvin comments, “It is not he, whom he calls a worker, who is given to good works, to which all the children of God ought to attend, but the person who seeks to merit something by his works: and in a similar way he calls him no worker who depends not on the merit of what he does.” 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

  • Upholding the Law by Faith Devotional

    Romans 3:29–31

    Calvin also writes that after justification “there is sanctification, by which our hearts are prepared to keep the law; it is indeed imperfectly done, but there is an aiming at the work.” Sanctification follows justification, so justification upholds the law also in that once we are justified and receive the Holy Spirit, only then can we begin to do what the law requires. The justified do what God commands, albeit not perfectly and never in a way that merits righteousness before the Lord. View Resource