• The Tax Collector Devotional

    Matthew 1:1

    Even in the very first verse of his gospel, Matthew tells us that Jesus fulfills God’s promises to His people. As the “son of Abraham,” Jesus is revealed as the one through whom Abraham will bless the nations (Gen. 12:1–3). Many in this world think they can find this blessing through means other than the mediation of Christ Jesus. In this age of syncretism and relativism let us always maintain that God’s favor comes only through Christ Je View Resource

  • A Strange Genealogy Devotional

    Matthew 1

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  • From Abraham to Exile Devotional

    Matthew 1:2–11

    Not every ancestor of Jesus trusted in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Still, the Lord’s grace overcame what could be called “impossible” odds in working through the sinful sons of David to bring about our salvation. This grace seeks out even the most wicked person and calls God’s chosen to repentance, even if they are as vile as Manasseh or as lost as Rahab. Our status as Christ’s brothers and sisters (Heb. 2:11) comes only by such almighty grace. View Resource

  • Fourteen Generations Devotional

    Matthew 1:12–17

    We are not yet certain why Matthew’s genealogy differs from Luke’s, but this ought not cause confusion. Scripture has been proven trustworthy time and again, and differences such as these cannot be contradictions (Heb. 6:18). Thus, our inability to answer every single question about the Bible is nothing to fear. It is not wrong to admit the limitations of our knowledge, for we rest upon and submit to the knowledge of God revealed in His Word. View Resource

  • The Extent of the Atonement Devotional

    Matthew 1:18–21

    The issue of the atonement’s extent has to do with the justice of God. If God is just, He cannot pour out His wrath again after it has been perfectly satisfied. If Jesus’ work saves only His people from their sins, as Matthew 1:18–21 indicates, then God does not unjustly pour out His wrath a second time. He truly and completely pays for sin in Christ. We affirm the doctrine of limited atonement because we believe in the justice of God. View Resource

  • Jesus the Savior Devotional

    Matthew 1:18–21

    Matthew Henry comments that Jesus saves His people “from the guilt of sin by the merit of his death, from the dominion of sin by the Spirit of his grace. In saving them from sin, he saves them from wrath and the curse, and all misery here and hereafter.” We often focus on the role of Jesus’ death in saving us from guilt, but let us never forget that He also died so that by His Spirit we might be empowered to live in a manner that pleases Him. View Resource

  • Securing our Faith Devotional

    Matthew 1:18–21

    The Old Testament also points to limited atonement or particular redemption. Israel’s high priest offered atonement only for the people of Israel, not for Israel and those who remained outside the covenant community. From first to last, the Bible teaches that God’s work alone saves His people and that He always accomplishes the salvation of those whom He wants to save. This is a great comfort, for it means He cannot fail to complete the good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6). View Resource

  • Securing Our Faith, III Devotional

    Matthew 1:18–21

    Whenever we are faced with competing options in theology, it is helpful to consider which view gives more glory to God. Generally speaking, Arminian theology exalts the will of man, while Calvinism desires to elevate the glory and sovereignty of God. The Lord’s glory shines most brightly in particular redemption where His will to save His people is not frustrated. Commit yourself to seek that which brings glory to God and resolve to glorify Him in the coming year. View Resource

  • An Angel Visits Joseph Devotional

    Matthew 1:18-21

    In mercy, Joseph did not call for the Law’s harshest penalties on the wife he thought unfaithful (Deut. 22:13–21). Depending on the offense and its circumstances, while the church is always called to discipline, it is not always required to exact the harshest penalty. Applying God’s Word rightly involves much prayer. Matthew Henry wrote: “Were there more of deliberation in our censures and judgments, there would be more of a mercy and moderation in them.” View Resource

  • Joseph and the Angel Devotional

    Matthew 1:18-25

    Without the incarnation of Christ, we could by no means have any hope in this world. Our merciful God has seen fit not to let His creation languish in the fall but has sent His own Son not only to speak to us but also to become like us in order that we might be rescued from the kingdom of darkness and brought into the kingdom of heaven. We owe everything to Him on account of this grace, and so we must seek to live accordingly. View Resource

  • The Necessity of Grace Devotional

    Matthew 1:21

    The Islamic idea of salvation is not all that different from most other religions. In Eastern thought, a person is reincarnated into a higher social status if his good deeds outweigh his bad. In popular movies and cartoons, it is the one who does many good deeds who ends up in heaven. Sadly, many professing Christians view salvation in the same way. Spend time today meditating on your need for Jesus’ righteousness, and thank Him for being perfect on your behalf. View Resource

  • Immanuel Devotional

    Matthew 1:22–25

    The fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus can only be understood if we first understand the meaning and application of the prophetic word for its original audience. In this case, Jesus fulfills or “fills up” the word of Isaiah because He, as a Son brought forth by extraordinary means, is the sign of a greater curse or blessing depending on how we respond to the Gospel. Let us follow Him alone as Savior and Lord so that we may receive the greater blessing. View Resource