• Established in Good Works and Words Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

    Divine grace is not something that we need only at the start of our Christian walk but at every step of the journey. Thanks be to God, He not only brings us into the faith, but He also sustains our faith and will complete the good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6). Let us thank the Lord for His grace this day and admit our continual need of His sustaining work in our hearts. View Resource

  • The Jews Covenant to Obey God Devotional

    Nehemiah 10:28-39

    The promises or covenants that we make will ultimately be only as good as our commitment to keep them. Formalizing promises in writing is a good thing to keep us accountable, but written documents are meaningless if we do not intend to do what we say we will. Let us never think that making a promise, whether by mouth or in writing, is enough, but let us endeavor to always keep our commitments. View Resource

  • David’s Final Charge to Israel Devotional

    1 Chronicles 28:1–19

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “God’s commandments will not be kept without great care.” If we are to obey the Lord, then we must pay close attention to His law. Just as the people of Israel needed exhortation to pay attention and obey, so we also need that exhortation. We will receive it as we study God’s Word and participate in regular corporate worship. View Resource

  • Guidance to Solomon Devotional

    1 Kings 2:1–9

    Ultimately, any blessing that we have from the Lord results from the work of Christ, who kept the law perfectly in our place. However, that does not mean our obedience to God’s law is irrelevant. As long as sin remains, we cannot obey the Lord flawlessly. Nevertheless, great blessings are promised as we seek to obey the Lord in all that we do. Let us never think that our obedience to God is optional or unnecessary. View Resource

  • Law and Gospel Devotional

    Galatians 3:24

    God never gives His law without also giving the gospel or the promise of the gospel, and He never gives the gospel without telling us His law. We need both law and gospel to be equipped to know and serve the Lord. As we have the opportunity to study or hear the law of God, we should take advantage of it. But we should also not study the law without also looking to the gospel. View Resource

  • Finding Guidance in the Law Devotional

    Psalms 119:97-104

    How much do we love God’s law? The Psalms prove that true Christian piety involves a deep affection for God’s commandments. If we love God, we will have an abiding desire to study, understand, and know His law. View Resource

  • The Guidance of the Law Devotional

    Psalm 119:9–11

    We are not justified by attempting to keep the law of God. However, we grow in our sanctification as we seek to follow the law in the power of God’s Spirit. God’s law is a good gift to us so that we can learn what pleases Him. How are you seeking to know and to do God’s law in gratitude for your salvation? View Resource

  • The Law Our Guardian Devotional

    Galatians 3:24

    Paul’s primary focus in Galatians 3 is on how the law is our guardian before conversion. Yet even after we come to Christ, the law still brings us back to the gospel. We see how far short of God’s standards we continue to fall, and we become ever more convinced that Christ alone can rescue us from sin (Rom. 7:24–25). Until we see Christ in glory, we never exhaust our need of the law to point us to Him. View Resource

  • The Law and Our Powerlessness Devotional

    Romans 7:14–25

    The struggle that Paul describes with the law does not end in defeat. Rather, he says the answer is Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:25). In Christ we receive both forgiveness and the power to resist sin. We must turn to Him daily, asking God to forgive us in Him and to give us the grace we need to grow in holiness. View Resource

  • The Law’s Revelation of Sin Devotional

    Romans 7:7–13

    God’s law shows us the depth of our sin and thus can lead us to despair. That is why we must never preach the law without also preaching the gospel. The law gives us the bad news that we are sinners cut off from God. The gospel tells us we will be reconciled to God and forgiven when we trust in Jesus alone for salvation. As Christians, our duty is to proclaim both truths. View Resource

  • Restraint and Guilt Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5:1

    The law should restrain Christians and inform how they deal with sin in the church. When we do not use the law as a restraint, Matthew Henry comments, “the heinous sins of professed Christians are quickly noted and noised abroad.” When this happens, the name of Christ is brought into disrepute. Let us seek, by the Holy Spirit, to use the law as a restraint so that others may see Christ in all His glory. View Resource

  • The Restraint of the Law Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8–11

    People still sin inwardly under the restraining influence of the law, but the threats of the law do keep us from acting on many of our thoughts and thereby keep civil society alive. We should be grateful for this restraint and pray that the authorities would pay heed to God’s law so as to preserve a safe and orderly civil society. View Resource

  • Keeping Grace Gracious Devotional

    Romans 11:6

    All true Christians have a desire to obey God, but how do we separate that from our trusting in our own works? We know that we are trusting in our righteousness when we begin to think that our standing before God is based on our obedience. When we find ourselves thinking this way, we must return to the gospel and remember that we stand before God unafraid only when we are covered by the obedience of Christ. View Resource

  • Justification and Our Good Works Devotional

    James 2:20–26

    John Calvin also comments that the doctrine of justification by faith alone does not make good works superfluous, but it only takes “away from them the power of conferring righteousness, because they cannot stand before the tribunal of God.” Our good works do not justify us, but if we do not have them, we do not have the faith through which we lay hold of the justifying righteousness of Christ View Resource

  • Righteousness According to the Law Devotional

    Romans 2:13

    John Calvin, commenting on Romans 3:20, writes, “[The law] is indeed by itself, as it teaches us what righteousness is, the way to salvation: but our depravity and corruption prevent it from being in this respect of any advantage to us.” It is futile for us to try to claim righteousness before God based on our obedience. If we do that, we must have perfection, and since we do not have perfection, trying to use the law to justify ourselves brings only condemnation. View Resource