• Sparing Not His Son Devotional

    Romans 8:31-32

    God’s willingness to give up His own Son to death demonstrates unambiguously that He is for us. He is on our side, or better yet, we are on His side, and there is nothing that anyone or anything can do that will finally harm us. What looks like our loss and the victory of our enemies over us is only temporary, for the final victory is assuredly ours in Christ. John Calvin comments, “Having [God] as our defender, we need fear no harm.” View Resource

  • God’s Display of His Love Devotional

    Romans 5:6–8

    It is not merely that the perfect God-man died for imperfect people, though such is true as far as it goes. Instead, the perfect God-man died for those who hated His perfection, for those who were openly hostile to Him and refused to seek His perfect glory (Rom. 3:9–18). If it is so hard for us as sinners to love our enemies, what kind of love must God have to love His enemies in such a way? Full adoration is the only appropriate response to a God of such love. View Resource

  • The Crucifixion of Jesus Devotional

    Galatians 3:13–14

    In his commentary on Romans, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “If God were to give us what we earn, what we deserve, we would perish from His wrath, but thanks be to God that He gives to us what was earned by His Son. Jesus got what He did not deserve; we got what He did deserve—the righteousness that is by faith.” Christ’s supreme act of obedience in bearing God’s wrath gives us the greatest blessing, namely, eternal blessedness. Let us praise and thank Him this day. View Resource

  • Christ’s Descent into Hell Devotional

    Matthew 27:45–46

    Sin against an infinite being demands an infinite punishment in hell. In a few hours, Jesus suffered and exhausted the infinite punishment that impenitent people cannot exhaust even after an eternity in hell. He could do this because, in His deity as the Son of God, He is an infinite being. This is a great mystery, but as the Heidelberg Catechism states, it does assure us that we are fully delivered from the anguish and torment of hell in Christ (Q&A 44). View Resource

  • Saved Through Christ Alone Devotional

    John 3:36

    Paul, the great Apostle of justification by faith alone, commends the “obedience of faith” (Rom. 1:5) not because faith is a meritorious work that earns salvation but because to trust in Jesus alone is to follow His command. In obeying this command for faith, we actually reject any attempt to make a claim upon God for salvation, for true faith recognizes that we do not deserve His favor and must rely on the righteousness of Jesus for eternal life. View Resource

  • Paying for Our Sin Devotional

    1 Peter 3:18

    Christ not only died for us, He lived for us as well. Understanding this point helps to assure us of our salvation. We are, of course, called to please God through obeying His will. Nevertheless, we realize that the best of our obedience is still not enough. But if we understand that Christ has obeyed the Law perfectly in our place, we are released from worry about our righteous status and freed to love God and neighbor by His Spirit. View Resource

  • Imprisoned for Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 3:1

    We do not often stop to consider just how offensive the message of the cross is to unconverted hearts. Which sinner could possibly imagine that the omnipotent Creator would save His people through the weakness and ignoble death of the Son of Man? But in this apparent weakness God displayed the strength of His wrath against sin and the power of His love and mercy, so we must never be ashamed of the gospel. View Resource

  • The Exaltation of Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 1:21

    Christ’s reign and protection of His people does not guarantee that we will not face hardship, trials, and suffering as long as this present sinful order exists, for He has promised that suffering will be the lot of His people until His return (2 Tim. 2:3). What we can be confident of, on account of our Savior’s reign, is that we will be vindicated on that last day, proving that our suffering for His sake is never in vain. View Resource

  • Where to Set Our Minds Devotional

    Colossians 3:1-2

    As we recall the great inheritance of the age to come, we will seek more and more to enjoy a greater foretaste of the blessings that will come in that day when sin will be no more. Knowing that sin will be gone in the consummation, we will seek to mortify our transgressions today so that our experience might better approximate how wonderful our lives will be when we no longer have any inclination to evil in the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:1–4). View Resource

  • Christ Defeats the Powers Devotional

    Colossians 2:15

    John Calvin says that the demons “are disarmed, so that they cannot bring forward anything against us, the attestation of our guilt being itself destroyed.” Demonic powers cannot rightly accuse those who are in Christ of guilt, nor can they possess Christians or separate us from God’s love (Rom. 8:35–39). They are active but mortally wounded, and we need not fear their best efforts, for we do and will share in Jesus’ victory and life. View Resource

  • Understanding the Cross Devotional

    How do you view the death of Jesus on the cross? What do you believe really happened at the cross? How does it affect you? View Resource

  • What Really Counts Devotional

    Galatians 6:15–16

    Martin Luther writes, “They are the Israel of God who with faithful Abraham believe the promises of God offered already in Christ, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.” God’s people Israel are not defined by ethnicity but by faith and trust in His covenant promises kept in Jesus the Savior and Messiah. Do you define your hope by these promises? Do you show the same peace and mercy to others that the Lord has shown to you? View Resource

  • Boasting in the Cross Devotional

    Galatians 6:13–14

    John Chrysostom comments on today’s passage: “By ‘world’ he means not heaven nor earth but the affairs of life, human praise, distinguished positions, reputation, wealth and all things that have a show of splendor. All such things are dead to me. Such should be the case for all Christians” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 97). What motivates your service to the Lord? Is it to be noticed by men or to show forth your weakness that He might be glorified? View Resource

  • Our Unity in Christ Jesus Devotional

    Galatians 3:27–29

    How do we define ourselves? When other people ask us to tell them a little bit about ourselves, what do we say? If one of our friends or coworkers is asked to describe us, what do they say? If the fact that we are Christians is not one of the top answers given to any of those questions, it may be that we are elevating other parts of our identity above Jesus. As Christians, the most important truth about us is that we are in Christ and must pattern our lives after Him. View Resource

  • Abraham’s One Offspring Devotional

    Galatians 3:15–16

    Today’s passage reminds us that we receive the promised blessing of God not by genetics but through personal trust in the Messiah. Thus, the true children of Abraham are those who have faith — whether Jew or Gentile. In this age after Christ’s first advent, there are of course benefits to those born to believing parents, but salvation comes only to such children if they trust Christ. Do you trust Him, or do you hope in the faith of someone else to save you? View Resource