• The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant Devotional

    Romans 9:27-28

    God continues to save people who, having been in covenant with Him, sin gravely and put themselves out of the visible covenant community via excommunication. The Lord promises that no matter what we have done, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins when we repent and believe the gospel (1 John 1:8-9). If you have put yourself outside of God’s visible church by your sin, know that the Lord is willing and waiting to forgive you when you repent. View Resource

  • Answering Back to God Devotional

    Romans 9:19-20a

    In his comments on today’s passage in his commentary Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that to charge God with wrongdoing as we question Him is to commit blasphemy. There is an appropriate way to ask questions of the Lord, but we are blasphemous if we charge Him with wrongdoing or demand that He answer our questions to our full and complete satisfaction. Let us remember that we are creatures and have no right to do either of those things. View Resource

  • God’s Will and His Mercy Devotional

    Romans 9:17-18

    John Calvin writes that we may not look for any cause of election other than God’s will: “We ought particularly to notice these words to whom he wills, and, whom he wills: beyond this he allows us not to proceed.” We cannot locate the reason why the Lord chose to save us in ourselves in any way, even in God’s knowledge that we would respond in faith. Salvation is by grace alone—we are not elected because the Lord knew we would believe; we believe because we were elected. View Resource

  • God’s Purpose of Election Devotional

    Romans 9:10-13

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “the Lord in his gratuitous election is free and exempt from the necessity of imparting equally the same grace to all; but, on the contrary, he passes by whom he wills, and whom he wills he chooses.” God chooses people for salvation according to His good pleasure and not because of anything in them. In fact, He chooses to save sinners in spite of their sin. We should be eternally grateful that He does this; otherwise, no one could be saved. View Resource

  • Malachi Preaches God’s Love for Israel Devotional

    Malachi 1:1–5

    In Romans 9, Paul applies the election of the people of Israel to individual believers, telling us that those who are saved have been chosen from the foundation of the world. Divine election assures us of God’s love and that we belong to Him now and always if we trust in Him alone. If you believe in Christ, you are elect. And if you are elect, you have been elected and loved by God in Christ from all eternity. Nothing could be more secure than that. View Resource

  • The Riches of Redemption Devotional

    Ephesians 1:7

    John Chrysostom remarks, “It is astonishing that he gave the Beloved for those who hated him… . If even when we hated him and were enemies he gave the Beloved, what will he not do for us now?” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 108; hereafter ACCNT). The tremendous grace of God in choosing unworthy vessels to be His heirs reveals His abundant mercy and willingness to take care of everything we need. View Resource

  • Chosen in Love Devotional

    Ephesians 1:5-6

    The wonder of divine election is not that God loves us because we are lovely but that He loves us even though there is nothing lovely in us. But in choosing us, He loves us in order to make us holy in His sight. Those whom He chooses will certainly become more lovely over the course of their walk with Christ, and will be completely pure in glory. May we humbly remember that there is nothing in us to make God love us. View Resource

  • Chosen in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 1:4

    John Calvin comments, “The name of Christ excludes all merit, and everything which men have of their own; for when he says that we are chosen in Christ, it follows that in ourselves we are unworthy.” May we never think that it was anything good in us that motivated the Father to choose us for salvation, for we in ourselves are undeserving of His favor. His choice is wholly of grace, based on His own good pleasure, and so we should be thankful always. View Resource

  • The Golden Chain Devotional

    Romans 8

    That God decided to save His people gives us confidence that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39). If you trust Christ and feel discouraged this day, be comforted in your knowledge that the Lord has you in His hand and will never let you go. View Resource

  • God and Unbelief Devotional

    Romans 9:9–18

    When God chooses someone for salvation, He does so in love, working directly in us, making Him the cause of our redemption (1 Peter 1:1–3). But in passing over the non-elect (reprobation), the Lord’s work is passive. He does not need to predestine men to hell actively, for apart from the Spirit we press willingly toward divine wrath. In passing men over, God’s justice can be manifested to His glory, and His glory is the highest goal of creation (Isa. 43:1–7). View Resource

  • Man’s Radical Fallenness Devotional

    John 6:44

    “Regeneration precedes faith” summarizes biblical soteriology (the doctrine of salvation). Having one’s will transformed by the regenerative touch of the Holy Spirit, Jesus says, must come before anyone can enter the kingdom (John 3:3, 5). If you trust in Christ, the Spirit has given you the new birth, and He dwells within you to help you overcome the remaining vestiges of your former, sinful nature. Be encouraged that the Lord is on your side in the fight against sin. View Resource

  • What is Free Will? Devotional

    Romans 7:19

    Paul describes in today’s passage that even those regenerated by the Spirit face a conflict of desires. If we believe in God’s promises, we have a new disposition, but sometimes our old sinful nature raises its ugly head. Sometimes we do not rely on God’s grace but let evil desires become stronger than our desire to love Jesus; thus, we sin. Yet by the Spirit we may strengthen our desire for the Lord and so choose righteousness. Pray that you would long to serve Him above all else. View Resource

  • A Received Doctrine Devotional

    Romans 8:29–30

    Regardless of the position we take on election, Dr. R.C. Sproul reminds us that the debate between Augustinianism and semi-Pelagianism is an intramural debate between Christians. Therefore, we must treat with respect and charity all those holding to the essentials of the Christian faith even if they disagree with our position on predestination. Whatever view you embrace, do not neglect to love your brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 2:9–11). View Resource

  • The Lord is Patient Devotional

    2 Peter 3:9–10

    The call to repent before it is too late should never make us think that God’s election will fail to accomplish its purposes. However, the elect will never presume upon the grace and patience of God but will lead a life of repentance, remembering that His mercy requires a response of faith. Today’s passage reminds us that we must never take God’s patience for granted. Spend some time today in repentance over things you have not yet confessed to the Lord. View Resource

  • In Their Greed Devotional

    2 Peter 2:2–3

    Though fallen men will look for any excuse to malign the way of Christ, Christians must remember not to give extra cause for them to do this. And though most of us will probably never be guilty of intentionally spreading false teachings, our lifestyles may indeed contribute to another’s sin if we are not careful to follow Christ. (Matt. 18:5–7). Remember that you are being watched by others; therefore, endeavor to do nothing that would bring reproach to Jesus. View Resource