• Against the Law Devotional

    Romans 3:31

    Perhaps it is better to say that new covenant believers ought never consider the Mosaic law alone. That is, we must view it through the lens of the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Jesus, when asked about the greatest commandment in the Law, replied twofold: love God above all else, and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Do you love this royal “law of liberty” (James 2:8, 12)? Pray that your love for God and neighbor would deepen every day. View Resource

  • Confrontation in Antioch Devotional

    Galatians 2:11–13

    The confrontation with Peter is an important segue for Paul to begin explaining the doctrine of justification, and we will consider it more tomorrow. Today, consider how Peter’s failure proves that “we are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us” (Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians). Even Peter sinned when he divided the church of Christ, and so we must be ever conscious of our dependence on Him lest we fall into error as well. 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

  • Fulfilling the Law Devotional

    Galatians 5:14–15

    Martin Luther says the love that fulfills the Law is “to instruct him who goes astray, to comfort him that is afflicted, to raise up him that is weak, to help your neighbor by all means possible, to bear with his infirmities, to endure troubles, labors, ingratitude and contempt in the Church and in civil life, to obey the magistrate, to [show] honor to your parents, to be patient at home with…an unruly family.” Let us do these things today, by the Spirit’s power. View Resource

  • The Goodness of the Law Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8

    Matthew Henry reveals one of the lawful uses of the Torah when he says that “the law is still very useful as a rule of life.” Paul will point us to the Law as a guide to ethical behavior (Eph. 6:1–3), provided that we always remember that we can keep the Law only in the power of the Spirit and do not use it as a way to get right with God. Pray that you would love the Law and make sure you turn to it when you are facing difficult choices. View Resource

  • The Gospel of God’s Glory Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:11

    Matthew Henry writes, “Much of the glory of God appears in the works of creation and providence, but much more in the gospel, where it shines in the face of Jesus Christ.” True preaching of the gospel must include news of the Lord’s holiness, justice, and grace, and if any of these are left out, then the glory of God is obscured because His character is not fully declared. Are you equipped to present these attributes of God when you share the gospel? View Resource

  • Is Possessing the Law Enough? Devotional

    Romans 2:12–13

    Paul is not teaching that it is truly possible for sinners to be justified by keeping the law. This is because no one—except Christ—can fully keep God’s commandments (Rom. 3:9–20). His point is that while having Scripture is an advantage in that it gives the Jew knowledge of God, this knowledge is of no help for salvation if it is not put to use. Similarly, we cannot rest merely in the fact that we have God’s Word on our shelves. It must also be in our minds and hearts. View Resource

  • Jesus Our Cornerstone Devotional

    Luke 20:9-18

    Even believers are not immune to the temptation that calls us to treat the commands of God as ends in themselves. But God’s law is not in itself the end; rather, it always points us to Christ and is something that we follow in gratitude for having been redeemed through the blood of Jesus, who is Himself the end of the law. How are you tempted to rest on the commandments of the law and not the rock that is Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Jesus Our Peace Devotional

    Ephesians 2:14

    God’s law defines what is pleasing to Him, so we must always seek to understand it and follow it in the power of the Spirit. Yet while the law tells us what is right and wrong and what we may and may not do, it must never be used as a means by which we shut ourselves off completely from the outside world. We may not, for example, consider any sinner so far gone that he may not hear the gospel just because he seems as lost as lost can be. View Resource

  • The Joy of God’s Law Devotional

    Psalm 119:105–112

    We must be diligent to fight against sin, putting it to death for the sake of our very lives (Rom. 6:13). However, we cannot fight against sin unless God has already brought us to spiritual life, which can never be lost (John 6:37–40). Thus, the desire to fight against sin, motivated by love for God and His law, proves that we are in Christ. Although true Christians fall into sin, the persevering desire to fight sin shows that we belong fully and finally to Jesus and are heirs of eternal life. View Resource

  • Law and Gospel Devotional

    Matthew 5:17–20

    Answer 86 of the Heidelberg Catechism emphasizes that we do good works because the God who justifies us also gives us His Spirit to conform us more and more to the image of Jesus Christ. Our Lord saves us from His wrath in order that we might serve Him according to His law, but we cannot serve Him unless we walk by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit empowers our obedience to God’s law, and we must ask Him daily for help that we might obey our Creator. View Resource

  • Law and Gospel Devotional

    Romans 3:21-31

    Our relativistic age does not like to hear that there is an eternal, unchangeable law that convicts all people. But the central message of the gospel is that we have broken this law and need to be reconciled to God, the great Lawgiver. If we do not know His law, however, we cannot tell people the bad news that they are estranged from God, and if we cannot preach the bad news, how can we preach the good news of salvation? View Resource

  • The Law and the Lawless Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:9-10

    There are innumerable ways the Law is not used lawfully. Some try to find a secret code by counting letters and numbers. Some try to base a weight-loss program on the food laws in the Torah. Others read the Law’s promises to Israel apart from the New Testament and look for today’s headlines to match what it predicts or says. Do you read the Law properly? Look to it today to see where you have fallen short and repent so that you might see the truth. View Resource

  • The Law as Guardian Devotional

    Galatians 3:23–24

    Paul’s main point in Galatians 3:23–26 is to explain the Law’s role in salvation history, but the pattern of preaching in the New Testament indicates that God’s law must play a similar role in our individual lives. Whether we are disciplined by truths about our Creator seen in creation or the commandments of the Mosaic law, we must all come to the point where we see our failure to live up to God’s standards and cast ourselves wholly on Christ. Has this happened to you? View Resource

  • The Legalist Distortion Devotional

    Romans 14

    As a modern example of legalism, some Christians have said that it is wrong for believers to consume alcohol. However, while such rules may be motivated by a noble concern that people avoid the sin of drunkenness, Scripture nowhere condemns sensible drinking of alcohol, and, in fact, it commends such consumption (Ps. 104:14–15). We are free to decide ourselves not to drink, but to impose a rule like this on others is legalism. View Resource