• Becoming Obsolete Devotional

    Hebrews 8:13

    We live in a period of overlapping ages. The old covenant has passed away and the new covenant era is becoming more and more a reality. One day we will not need the written Law because it will be completely engraved on our hearts. Rejoice in the truth that God will bring you to complete perfection at the end of this age. 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

  • Christ, the Goal of the Law Devotional

    Romans 10:4

    The early church father Irenaeus writes: “How is Christ the end of the law if he is not also the cause of it? For he who has brought in the end also created the beginning.” The Son of God gave us the Mosaic law, through His Holy Spirit, so to search for Jesus in the law is to fulfill the purpose for which He gave it. As we read the law and see our need for the righteousness only God can provide in Christ, we are using His law rightly and being brought to its true goal. View Resource

  • Covenant, Law, and Ritual Devotional

    Exodus 19:1-5

    Simply blotting out our sin would be insufficient to make us ready to obey the Lord. Our Creator must also regenerate and sanctify us, cleansing us from ongoing sin and reorienting our desires so that we love Him above all else. This happens decisively at conversion, but cleansing and confirming us in our love for our Creator continue to occur throughout our lives. Let us daily confess our need for His cleansing and His work to make us love His law. View Resource

  • The Covenant of Law Devotional

    Exodus 19:14-25

    To obey the law means to come to know something of the holiness of God. The Israelites saw the glory of God on the mountain and trembled because of it. As Christians, we, too, should respect God’s law, for it is a reflection of the holiness of God. Carefully read the passage for today. Meditate on the holiness and dignity of our God. View Resource

  • Creation Ordinances Devotional

    Genesis 1-2

    In this day and age, there is a great temptation for the church in the United States to think that its mission is coextensive with the platform of one or more of the political parties in this country. Yet while we must never be guilty of this error, it does not follow that the church is to be silent on current policies that violate God’s natural law. The state must ever be reminded that it is under the authority of God and the laws He has established in nature. 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

  • The Curse of the Cross Devotional

    Galatians 3:10–14

    We deserve the curse. We deserve to be cut off from the merciful presence of God. Our want of conformity and transgression of the Law brings the curse on our heads. But that curse has been borne for us. Christ was cast out into the darkness so that we do not have to be. If you are in Christ, you need not fear being forsaken by the Father. View Resource

  • The Curse of the Law Devotional

    Galatians 3:6–14

    The curse to which Paul refers is nothing less than exposure to the unmitigated wrath of God Almighty. It is a frightful and dreadful thought, eclipsed only by the reality that this is the destiny of all those who do not live by faith in Christ. Ask God to move your heart to greater compassion and evangelistic outreach to the lost. View Resource

  • David and Ahimelech Devotional

    1 Samuel 21:1–9

    The letter of the Law is not unimportant, but it can never be followed at the expense of the spirit of the Law. This can be difficult and is fraught with peril, for it can be easy to claim to follow the spirit of the Law only because we want to justify lawlessness. Only by the regular study of Scripture with other godly Christians and prayer can we know the spirit of the Law well enough so as to apply God’s commandments rightly in all circumstances. View Resource

  • The Distortion of Lawlessness Devotional

    Romans 6:1-14

    Of all the types of antinomianism, we are perhaps most prone to look for loopholes in the law of God. So, for instance, we may excuse certain behaviors because there is no express command in Scripture against them, even though our intent and attitude in doing such things is clearly and undeniably sinful. May we take care in reading Scripture that we never look for ways to get out of the demands it places upon us. View Resource

  • Dying to the Law in Christ Devotional

    Galatians 2:20

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “The doctrine of the gospel, instead of weakening the bond of duty, did but the more strengthen and confirm it; and therefore, though he was dead to the law, yet it was only in order for him to live a new and better life for God.” Only in dying to the law in Christ can we fulfill the law. Yet we can die to the law only through conversion and in the power of the Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • Dying to the Law through Christ Devotional

    Romans 7:4-6

    Sin’s use of the law to increase transgression and the crushing sentence of the law go hand in hand, though Paul does not fully delineate how. If the sentence of the law has been satisfied, however, we are free from sin’s power and are no longer in captivity to transgression (Rom. 7:6). Therefore, we can look to the law as our guide without having to suffer from the increase of sin via the law. In Christ, the law is satisfied and the Spirit enables us to resist sin. View Resource

  • Expelled from the Land Devotional

    Leviticus 18:24–30

    Unrepentant sin against the Creator disturbs the creation itself. Though we cannot know today when a natural disaster is a sign of divine judgment, we can proclaim to all people that they will suffer a worse fate unless they turn from their sin to Christ. All of us should be looking for opportunities to share the gospel on a regular basis, especially to those with whom we have an existing relationship. Are you doing this today? View Resource

  • False Teachers Accursed Devotional

    Galatians 1:8–9

    Martin Luther’s comments on Galatians 1:8–9 illustrate Scripture’s relationship to tradition: “Here then is a plain text like a thunderbolt, wherein Paul subjects both himself and an angel from heaven, and all others, doctors, teachers, and masters, to be under the authority of the Scriptures.” The church’s teaching tradition has authority, but final authority rests in the Word as the only inerrant and infallible guide for life that we have been given. View Resource