• Our Longing for Bodily Redemption Devotional

    Romans 8:23-25

    Christians have a deep, persistent longing to be completely free from our fallen condition. Sometimes we do not feel very patient in waiting for freedom from the presence of sin, but the surety of its coming should cause us to experience more and more patience as we await the full and final outworking of God’s purposes. Since we know that we will be glorified, we can endure all of our shortcomings in the present, repenting over them as we look forward to what is to come. View Resource

  • Living to God Devotional

    Romans 6:8–10

    We must live in the power of what Christ has done. Christ has put sin’s power to death, so we are to mortify our remaining sin, denying ourselves to serve God. And because we died to sin decisively in Jesus, we can truly grow in sanctification. John Calvin writes that though we continually die to sin throughout our lives, “we are yet said properly to die only once … when Christ, reconciling us by his blood to the Father, regenerates us at the same time by the power of his Spirit.” View Resource

  • United to Christ Devotional

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died, sin lost its authority to control us, and we lost the obligation to do whatever it says. We sin when we forget that sin is no longer our rightful master, that we died to any “legitimate” authority it had over us. We are bound to a new Master, and our obligation to Him is holiness. View Resource

  • Baptized into Christ Devotional

    Romans 6:3-4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “Paul, according to his usual manner, where he speaks of the faithful, connects the reality and the effect with the outward sign; for we know that whatever the Lord offers by the visible symbol is confirmed and ratified by their faith. In short, he teaches what is the real character of baptism when rightly received.” Baptism reassures us that God promises to regenerate His people in His own timing and cleanse us from all sin. View Resource

  • A New Heart of Flesh Devotional

    Ezekiel 11

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has said that the biblical doctrine of salvation can be summed up effectively in three words: regeneration precedes faith. Without regeneration, we cannot trust Christ and be united to Him, and if we are not united to Christ, we cannot be justified, sanctified, and glorified. We cannot deserve regeneration, which is why we must finally attribute our salvation to God alone. Let us be grateful that the Lord has not left us to ourselves but has transformed us to believe in Him. View Resource

  • The Deceitful Human Heart Devotional

    Jeremiah 17:1–13

    There is only one man in whom we can trust absolutely for reconciliation to God, and that is the God-man Christ Jesus. No matter how pious other servants of the Lord may be, following them simply for the sake of following them is never enough to be restored to our Creator. We can obey church leaders, show up every Sunday for worship, and otherwise appear pious, but none of these things are any advantage without a true and abiding trust in the Lord God Almighty. View Resource

  • The Holy Spirit in the New Testament Devotional

    Ephesians 2:1–10

    Dr. Sproul notes that the phrase born-again Christian is a redundancy. There is no such thing as a “non-born-again Christian” or a “born-again non-Christian,” because to be a Christian means to be born of the Spirit of God. We are not believers because we took the initiative to seek God; instead, the Lord sought us even when we hated Him, and by His Spirit granted us faith in His Son. Let us thank the Lord that He chose to grant us spiritual rebirth. View Resource

  • True Repentance Devotional

    Romans 8:12–17

    Repentance is a gift from God. We express contrition for our sins and their offense to our holy Creator, but the Holy Spirit must give us the ability to do this. Without His sovereign work, we do not care that we have offended the Lord by breaking His law. In fact, we glory in our rebellion. But when the Spirit works in our hearts, we see our sin and, hating it, turn to Christ. A life of repentance is a manifestation of an authentic conversion. View Resource

  • Genuine Conversion Devotional

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    The way to life is the way of death—death to sin and self. Only if we first die to sin can we be raised to new life and become new creatures in Christ. This happens decisively at conversion, but the Christian life is the process of dying every day to sin and seeking the life that is ours in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. If we have truly died to sin once in our conversion, we will seek daily to die to the sin that still remains in our lives. View Resource

  • Our New Lord and Master Devotional

    Romans 6:1–14

    Throughout the New Testament especially, we find that the evidence of true Christian faith is a life of gratitude in which our love for Jesus is proved by our willingness to obey Him (John 14:15). This does not mean perfect obedience, but it does mean a sincere effort to understand and apply His commandments as well as repentance when we find that we have fallen short. Let us show God how grateful we are for His salvation by doing what He says. View Resource

  • God’s Gift of Faith Devotional

    Ephesians 2:8

    If we believe that we are capable of working up faith in our souls, we cannot boast in Christ alone. But if we understand that we have faith only because of the work of the Holy Spirit, then we can truly give God all the glory for our salvation. We are not to look at ourselves as better than others because we believe the gospel; rather, we are to be profoundly grateful that God has chosen to grant us faith even though we are undeserving sinners. View Resource

  • The Richness of God’s Mercy Devotional

    Ephesians 2:4-7

    As the sovereign, independent Creator, God is not obligated to save anyone, to show goodness and mercy toward sinners who deserve only condemnation. Since we are not autonomous but are governed by God’s law, however, He can demand that we show mercy to others, not least those who sin against us. Since we are obligated to imitate God, we should desire to imitate our Savior’s mercy (Luke 23:34; Eph. 5:1; Jude 23). View Resource

  • Dead On Arrival Devotional

    Ephesians 2:1

    John Calvin says that “while we remain in Adam, we are entirely devoid of life; and that regeneration is a new life of the soul, by which it rises from the dead.” We do not come into the world sick but rather dead on account of our being in Adam. The Spirit displays the greatness of His power in that He brings dead men, women, and children to life, giving them a desire to please God and the ability to trust in His Son for salvation. View Resource

  • Regeneration Is Immediate Devotional

    Luke 1:39–45

    Though God does not make use of any means besides Himself to bring about regeneration, He does work through means in our sanctification, the process of growing in personal holiness. Scripture read and preached, the sacraments, prayer, and so on are all means that the Lord uses to mature us in Christ. When you engage in one of these activities, ask God to make you aware of how it can be used to conform you to the Savior. View Resource

  • Sovereign Regeneration Devotional

    Acts 9:1–19

    Some of us have had dramatic conversion experiences that we remember vividly. Others cannot remember a time when they did not trust in Jesus. Whatever our story, the same God who raised Jesus to life and knocked Saul of Tarsus to the ground also overpowered our natural bent against Him. The fact that you believe is evidence of the Lord’s mighty working in your life. He loved us enough to seek us out when we were running from Him. View Resource