• Conceived in the Womb of the Virgin Devotional

    Isaiah 7:14

    J. Gresham Machen argued that the denial of the virgin birth of Jesus is usually a precursor to denying the other supernatural elements of the faith. Though some try to deny the virgin birth and still affirm such supernatural events as the resurrection of Christ, in the vast majority of cases, those who deny the virgin birth deny much more. This is not surprising. Christian truth is a unified whole. We cannot deny one aspect of it and affirm another. View Resource

  • Jesus As Man Devotional

    Philippians 2:5-11

    The christological debates of the early church can be hard to keep track of, but there is one important conclusion from them that we can easily remember, namely, that Jesus’ humanity is as important to our salvation as His deity. Because He was and remains truly human as well as truly divine, Jesus atoned perfectly for our sin and helps us in our temptation. He can save us and sanctify us because He is one of us without sacrificing any of His deity. View Resource

  • The Incarnation Devotional

    Philippians 2:5–11

    The incarnation is a deep mystery, for we cannot fully understand how God could take on our humanity without giving up any of His deity. We can, however, understand that the incarnation reveals God’s infinite love and grace. He did not leave us alone in our sin but entered into the misery of this fallen world without becoming a sinner Himself in order to rescue us from eternal damnation. We will never tire of thanking and praising Him for this throughout all eternity. View Resource

  • The Advent of Christ Devotional

    Romans 1:1–7

    Today, we expect the second advent of Christ to judge the living and the dead (Acts 1:11; 2 Tim. 4:1). Sometimes we are tempted to be discouraged, to doubt that He is coming back, because it has been almost two thousand years since His ascension. But the people of God had to wait millennia for His first advent, and their faith was vindicated when He was born in Bethlehem. Our faith will be vindicated as well when our Savior comes in glory. View Resource

  • The Glory of Christmas Devotional

    Luke 2:8–20

    The shepherds were eager to see the Savior of the world, and we should be eager to see Him as well. This involves not only coming to Him in our conversions but also seeking His face each and every day of our lives. Though we will not see the fullness of His glory until we see Him face to face in heaven, we will nonetheless come to a fuller appreciation of this glory as we study His Word and pray to Him. Let us be diligent in these means of grace. View Resource

  • The Messiah’s Mother Devotional

    Luke 1:26–38

    As followers of Christ, we must contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Yet in so doing, we must be careful about going to the opposite extreme, for we often commit other errors when we swing the pendulum all the way over to the other side. Our goal is to be faithful to Scripture, seeking to balance truths about God and creation where God balances them and trusting His Word to shape our interpretation of all of life. View Resource

  • Christmas in Time and Space Devotional

    Luke 2:1–7

    The Bible insists that the Son of God entered history at a specific point and remains united to a human nature in the person of Jesus Christ forever. This is radically different from the Hindu concept of incarnation, which says the gods enter history repeatedly in different forms. Moreover, the incarnation of Jesus is inseparably tied to history itself. We must be prepared to defend the historicity of these doctrines and others, as God’s acts in history are fundamental to Christian truth. View Resource

  • A Child is Born Devotional

    Isaiah 9:1–7

    Some have argued that today’s passage predicts the birth of King Hezekiah, but given the failures of even righteous Hezekiah (Isa. 39), it is clear that these verses must refer ultimately to the Son of David, who is also the Son of God. We are human beings who are prone to put our trust in princes of this earth, but this passage reminds us that only Jesus deserves our full, unquestioning allegiance. We serve the King of kings, and may we not forget that in this troubled world. View Resource

  • The One Mediator Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:5–6

    Some people may protest that it does not seem fair for Jesus to have died only for the sins of some and not for the sins of all. If we find ourselves thinking this way, then we need to take a long, hard look at what we think the Lord owes us. The truth of the matter is that God does not owe anyone grace; in fact, the only thing He owes us is wrath. We need to be thankful that Jesus died for even one human being and not demand that He atone for all. View Resource

  • A True Man Devotional

    Hebrews 2:14–18

    The humanity of Christ is essential to our salvation, as only a human being can pay the price for the sins of human beings. There are other benefits as well. Hebrews 2:18 tells us that Jesus can help us when we are tempted because He, too, was tempted in His humanity. Let us rejoice that God provided an atonement for our sins, and let us turn to Jesus when we feel the weight of temptation, for He will provide a way out. View Resource

  • The Incarnation of the Son of God Devotional

    Philippians 2:7–8

    Advocates of a kenotic Christology say the Son of God set aside certain divine attributes when He became incarnate. Such is impossible, for then He would not be fully God and could not save us. John Calvin comments, “Christ, indeed, could not divest himself of Godhead; but he kept it concealed for a time, that it might not be seen, under the weakness of the flesh. Hence he laid aside his glory in the view of men, not by lessening it, but by concealing it.” View Resource

  • The Form of God Devotional

    Philippians 2:5–6

    At the very beginning of Paul’s hymn to Christ, we have a powerful assertion of the deity of our Lord and Savior. The Jesus whom we serve is not just another man among men or one great teacher among many — He is the incarnate Lord of glory Himself. As such, He is worthy of our worship, our loyalty, and, indeed, all that we are. Let us be careful to refer to Him in such a way that demands that the world see Him as God over all. View Resource

  • Cosmic Reconciliation Devotional

    Colossians 1:19-20

    Perhaps an easier way to understand what the Bible says about cosmic reconciliation is to refer to it as cosmic restoration. Though our Lord’s work redeems His people from sin and death, His accomplishment was so great that no aspect of creation can go untouched by what happened on Calvary. At His return, what is now broken in nature will be fixed, the redeemed will be free of evil and pain, and we will have true dominion, all to God’s glory. View Resource

  • The True Firstborn of Israel Devotional

    Colossians 1:18

    Matthew Henry explains in his commentary on today’s passage that Christ “has given us evidence of our resurrection from the dead.” We are confident that we have a share in the full blessings of the age to come because the true Lamb of God died in our place, which enables the Father to righteously pass over us in His wrath, instead granting us eternal life. Without the resurrection of Jesus, we are without hope in this world. 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