• Responding to the Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 55

    God works through means. In justification, the sole instrumental means He uses is the faith He gives us to lay hold of Christ’s perfect righteousness—the sole ground of our being declared righteous before Him. We must trust Jesus alone to be saved. Yet salvation remains a free gift, one we do nothing to earn and to which we contribute nothing. It is all of grace, and we must not tire of proclaiming that glorious truth. We can be assured of our redemption only if it is the entirely free gift of the Lord. View Resource

  • Trinitarian Issues Devotional

    Isaiah 55:8

    Because God is God and we are not, we should expect some things about Him to escape our full comprehension. But our failure to understand something completely does not make it a contradiction. We are called to study God’s Word and to grow in our knowledge, but there will be points where we can go no further because God is infinite. At those points especially, we must bow our heads and worship our Lord. View Resource

  • The Power and Infallibility of Scripture Devotional

    Isaiah 55:10–11

    We affirm the human origin of Scripture, for it was written by human beings and bears the marks of human authorship. However, we also affirm the divine origin of Scripture, that God superintended the authors of the biblical text in such a way that the final product cannot teach falsehood. If we believe otherwise, then we have denied the omnipotence of God and have no reason to trust that He can save us. View Resource

  • Basic Literary Forms II Devotional

    Isaiah 55:12

    Many critics read the Bible differently than they read other books. Thus, passages like Matthew 13:31–32 are sometimes wrongly viewed as examples of error. Remind the critics you know that the Bible is a literary work, and, like other works, it must be read with hyperbole, metaphor, and personification in mind. View Resource

  • Personification, Hyperbole, and Metaphor Devotional

    Isaiah 55:12

    Some people point to obvious instances of hyperbole, personification, or metaphor in Scripture and use them to accuse the Bible of not telling the truth. That represents a failure to read the text as it was intended by its original author. We should call them to be fair and recognize the use of other literary forms just as these critics would expect others to recognize hyperbole, personification, or metaphor when they themselves speak in such ways. View Resource