• The Life-Giving Spirit Devotional

    Romans 8:10-11

    Today’s passage is a good reminder that while our justification in Christ guarantees our salvation, God’s work of salvation will not be completed in us until we enjoy resurrected life in the new heaven and earth. Our Creator is not in the business of saving only our souls; He is redeeming the physical order as well. It, too, was originally very good—and will be so again. In the meantime, because it is being redeemed, we can enjoy the good gifts the Lord gives through the physical order. View Resource

  • Deliverance from Death Devotional

    Romans 7:24-25

    We have a role to play in sanctification that we do not have in justification. We cooperate with the Spirit to grow in holiness and please God in our sanctification, but our works have no part in attaining the righteousness we need for our justification. Nevertheless, in the end, sanctification is a work that Christ by His Spirit initiates, sustains, and brings to completion. Only He can rescue us from sin, and it is to Him alone that we are to look for our holiness. View Resource

  • The Wages of Sin vs. the Gift of Life Devotional

    Romans 6:22-23

    John Calvin comments, “Our salvation is altogether through the grace and mere beneficence of God… . It is through God’s gift we obtain it, and not through our own merits.” Eternal life is not the wage paid to those who sanctify themselves by God’s Spirit. Though it is the final end of our sanctification, it is not something we merit in any way. If it were, we would never get there, for no work of ours is ever good enough to earn life everlasting. View Resource

  • Saved By the Life of God’s Son Devotional

    Romans 5:10–11

    We can be confident in our future salvation because of the surety of our past salvation. The position we enjoy in Christ today ensures that we will fully experience all of His benefits tomorrow. This is the good news of the gospel—that God has guaranteed our salvation, that there is nothing we need to do or even can do to make our inheritance even more secure than it is right now. Let us rest in that fact and look forward with eager anticipation to the hope of glorification. View Resource

  • Peace with God Devotional

    Romans 5:1

    Perhaps the most important thing to understand about shalom is that it can never be lost. Jesus has not brokered a fragile cease-fire with God, such that full-scale conflagration can erupt at the slightest provocation. Instead, He has brought us a peace that can never be lost. If we are truly in Christ, we will never become His enemies again. Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary on Romans, “Christ is our peace, so for us there is no more war with God.” View Resource

  • The Sequence of Salvation Devotional

    Romans 2:9–10

    Calvin also writes in the Institutes that as soon as believers are “admitted to fellowship with Christ, by the knowledge of the gospel, and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, their eternal life is begun, and then He which has begun a good work in them ‘will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.’” God will never fail to sanctify a person whom He justifies, and so the justified person will always die in faith and enter heaven. Let us rejoice that He will not let us fall out of His hand. View Resource

  • The Gospel of the Kingdom Devotional

    Luke 17:20–21

    With the coming of Christ, the kingdom of God is now evident among His people even as we wait for its final consummation at His return. The gospel announces that Jesus has done the work necessary to overcome our natural resistance to God’s kingdom and to make us citizens of this kingdom through faith alone. As we preach the gospel, we are announcing the blessed reign of the Lord, and we must repeat His command that all people everywhere repent and bow to His rule. View Resource

  • The Power of God for Salvation Devotional

    Romans 1:16

    The gospel is not a message to be ashamed of even if the world finds it foolish. It is God’s power unto salvation, and our attempts to make the gospel more palatable to fallen people prevent them from seeing it in all its power and glory. Though there might be foolish and irresponsible ways of presenting the gospel when we measure ourselves by Scripture, the message itself is God’s wisdom and power, and we must never change it to be accepted by sinners. View Resource

  • The King Comes on a Donkey Devotional

    Zechariah 9:9-17

    Note again that God’s covenant of salvation is unconditional in the sense that the Lord Himself guarantees that He will enact it—He will certainly save a people for Himself. That does not mean, however, that this covenant of salvation has no conditions. The Lord will save a people, but one cannot be a part of this people apart from repentance and faith in Christ. These conditions are not met only at conversion, but we must grow in faith and repentance throughout out lives. View Resource

  • The Priest with Filthy Garments Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1-5

    Matthew Henry comments: “Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua’s garments, yet did not put him away, but put them away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself; he parts between them and their sins, and so prevents their sins parting between them and their God; he reconciles himself to the sinner, but not to the sin.” God accepts us not because we are deserving but because Christ is. This is our only hope in this world and the next. View Resource

  • Salvation for God’s Sake Devotional

    Ezekiel 36:16–38

    Regeneration was not unknown to the saints of the old covenant. However, Scripture indicates that new covenant believers understand the Lord’s work of regeneration far more clearly than those who lived before the coming of Christ. Ezekiel’s teaching on salvation indicates that God takes the initiative in giving us a new heart. In other words, we do not get a new heart as a consequence of faith but faith is a consequence of us having been given a new heart. Salvation, indeed, is all of the Lord. View Resource

  • A Faithless Bride of God Devotional

    Ezekiel 16:1–14

    For those of us who know Christ, meditating on what the Lord has done for us is a good way to strengthen our love for the Father and His Son. We, too, were like an exposed infant left to die in our blood, but the Lord had pity on us and took us for His own. Thus, the entire Christian life should be motivated by gratitude. Even when we experience the greatest periods of want, we have more than enough to be thankful for. God in His grace has saved us, a wholly undeserving people. View Resource

  • Destruction and Restoration Devotional

    Jeremiah 16

    When the Lord first called Israel out of Egypt, He had not yet given them His law and their sin, however gross, could not measure up to the sins of later generations who knew and wantonly flouted God’s law. To save a people who knew and openly violated the Lord’s commandments would take a greater mercy and display more power than salvation from Egypt. If this was true of the restoration from exile, how much more true is it of the abundant salvation we have been shown in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • A False Promise of Peace Devotional

    Jeremiah 8:8–13

    God loves His elect so much that He will do whatever it takes to move them to repentance and faith. This includes speaking even in hyperbole to get our attention. We should never look at God’s warnings in Scripture and think, “that could never happen to me.” Instead, we must heed these warnings, knowing that they are the means by which the Spirit keeps us in faith. The Lord’s electing grace preserves us, but He does so through the warnings we find in the Bible. View Resource

  • The Primacy of God’s Glory Devotional

    Isaiah 48:1–11

    Dr. John Piper writes: “God’s own glory is uppermost in his own affections. In everything he does, his purpose is to preserve and display that glory. To say his glory is uppermost in his own affections means that he puts a greater value on it than on anything else. He delights in his glory above all things” (Desiring God, p. 43). The Lord will go to great lengths for His people, but He will never sacrifice His glory. Neither, therefore, should we downplay or deny His glory. View Resource