• 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

  • The Focused Prayers of Christ Devotional

    John 17:9

    Right now, if you are a believer, Jesus is praying for you. Few truths could be more encouraging. After all, Jesus prays only perfect prayers. He knows exactly what we need and what to ask the Father to give us in order to ensure that we continue in salvation. Be comforted this day by the knowledge that Jesus is praying for you and, indeed, is watching over all things for the good of your redemption. View Resource

  • Particular Atonement Devotional

    John 10:11

    Christ died for all kinds of people; that is what passages telling us that He made propitiation for the world mean (1 John 2:2). But Jesus did not die for everyone without exception. God chose a particular people, including men and women from every tribe and tongue, and Christ died for them specifically to atone only for their sin. If you believe in Jesus, He had you particularly in mind when He made atonement for your sin. He loves you in particular that much View Resource

  • The Testimony of Christ Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5-7

    The atonement is essential to Christianity and is the most wonderful display of God’s grace ever offered. Meditate on the fact that if you are a believer, Christ died to pay fully for each and every one of your sins and that there is no need for penance or any other kind of “satisfaction” of His wrath. Find a good book or teaching series on the atonement and study the depths and riches of this glorious event. View Resource

  • The Purpose of the Parables Devotional

    Matthew 13:12–17

    We should marvel at God’s grace every time we recall that we have trusted Christ alone for our salvation. Before the Lord quickened us, we were dead in sin and had no desire at all to know or serve Him. But by His Spirit our Creator overcame this stubbornness and changed our hearts, enabling us to believe the Gospel. Take time today to thank God for His matchless grace and remember that your deeds contribute nothing to your salvation. View Resource

  • Grace for the Weary Devotional

    Matthew 11:25–30

    John Calvin writes that Christ does not elect us and redeem us that we may sin freely. Instead, Christians are “raised up by his grace, [that] they may also take his yoke upon them, and that, being free in spirit, they may restrain the licentiousness of their flesh.” We put on the light and easy yoke of Jesus’ commandments when we trust Him, and we move from being slaves to sin to being slaves of Christ. You are His if you trust Jesus and endeavor to serve Him. View Resource

  • God’s Sovereignty Devotional

    Exodus 33:19B

    Arminians must admit that if God provides a mere offer for salvation, there is a chance no one would ever believe and be saved. But this contradicts Scripture, for the Bible says the Messiah will see the successful results of His labor, the justification of His people, and be satisfied (Isa. 53:11). The Calvinist position is in harmony with this truth and exalts the sovereign, almighty Lord whom we are called to worship. Honor and praise Him this day. 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

  • Securing Our Faith, II Devotional

    1 John 2:1–2

    One of the lessons we can learn from those who use passages like 1 Timothy 2:4 and 1 John 2:1–2 to deny particular redemption is the need to study passages in their context. If these texts are not read in light of their surrounding verses, we end up with one set of passages contradicting the clear teaching of Jesus in John 10:11. But when read in context, all of Scripture fits together to teach God’s truth in harmony. Pay close attention to context when you study the Bible. View Resource

  • Securing Our Faith, I Devotional

    John 17:9

    God designed the atonement to pay only for the sins of the elect. This is an incredible proposition to many in the evangelical world. However, when we look at the Lord’s determination to save His people throughout the course of history, the idea is easier to accept. Take time to meditate on the passages selected for further study below and consider how they emphasize God’s intent to save only His people. Thank Him for His purposeful redemption. View Resource