The purpose of God’s holy and righteous law is to reflect His character and expose the sinfulness of mankind.
The reason God gave His law was to show you that you can never measure up to His standard; you can never earn your way into His favor.
Paul shows how the Holy Spirit uses the righteous law of God to bring every sinner to a knowledge and understanding of their sin.
Because of the sinfulness of sin, it will deceive you into thinking that God’s holy law is unrighteous and evil.
Not only does God’s moral law reveal the sinfulness of every human being, it also reveals the deadly consequences of such sinfulness.
Every sin that you struggle with has a corresponding virtue that should be put on in its place. In other words, you must identify your sin struggles, repent, and then put on the opposite virtue.
Is the doctrine of election a man-made construct, or is it truly found in the Scriptures?
Election is absolutely sovereign—God predetermined before the foundation of the world who He would save.
The doctrine of election teaches that God’s sovereign choice was individual and personal in nature.
Understanding the doctrine of election will produce a greater love for God and will transform your Christian life and experience.
Was the doctrine of unconditional election taught throughout church history?
Does the doctrine of election completely remove the need to evangelize the lost?
The doctrine of election provides great benefits and blessings to Christians as they navigate through this life.
The doctrine of election deepens our understanding of the love that God has for His people.
God chose you to create a redeemed humanity—to make you holy and blameless before Him, and so that you would be like Jesus Christ in your moral character.
As a Christian, how should you respond to the reality that God adopted you into his family as a son or daughter?
The ultimate purpose behind the doctrine of election is to magnify the glory of God.
The Bible presents six ways in which Christians can glorify God on a daily basis.
What are the driving motivations that compel Christians to live for God?
All human conflict can be traced back to one common source: the unmet cravings of your sinful heart.
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Christians do not have the freedom to worship God in any manner that they see fit. Rather, believers must follow exactly what God has prescribed in His Word.
Psalm 19 celebrates the power of Scripture, especially the transforming power of God’s Word to those who respond to it. The message of the second half of Psalm 19 can be summarized in this way: Scripture alone is God’s perfect, complete, and transforming revelation of Himself. In this part of Psalm 19, David expounds on […]
Corporate worship must be founded on certain principles that God has revealed and approved as acceptable worship to Him.
Jesus said for worship to be acceptable in the eyes of God it must be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
The first law of worship is that worship is not external but internal. In other words, pure worship is that which takes place in the heart.
True worship isn’t merely experiential and emotional. Rather, true worship is driven by a knowledge of God and His Word.
Worship is not dependent on a particular environment or a certain type of setting. Instead, worship comes from the sincerity of the heart.
True worship must be built upon God’s truth and His truth alone. It is our understanding of who God is and what He is like that fuels our worship.
We all have multiple copies of the Bible. You probably have it on your phone or tablet, or maybe you have a hard copy right in front of you. You most likely have several Bibles in multiple locations as do I. But I want you to truly consider this question with me: Do you really […]
People who do not worship God do not understand Him, nor do they understand the depth and breadth of His glory.
A proper response to the greatness and glory of God is a humble submission that bows before Him at His throne.
True worship manifests itself in the praise, adoration, awe, and reverence of the only true God.
The Lord Jesus Christ teaches that worshiping God in truth requires an understanding of Him as He is revealed both in general and special revelation.
In a world adrift in a sea of relativism, Jesus Christ claims that you must worship God, and God alone.
As David continues to expound on the perfections of the Word of God in the latter half of Psalm 19, he argues for its truthfulness and reliability. David writes, “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (v. 7). The Hebrew word for sure speaks of truth that God Himself testifies of or gives witness too. […]
Authentic worship isn’t built upon the traditions of men. Instead, true worship comes from an understanding of God’s truth, and from a heart that desires to know and praise Him.
If you have not truly repented from your sins, then, in reality, you have never worshiped God for a moment of your life. Repent from your sins and turn to Christ and God will accept your worship.
Christ alone is the mediator between God and men—it is only through Him that anyone can worship God.
True worship must not be generally about God, but must have as its object Jesus Christ.
As we continue our study of Psalm 19, we come to a fifth expression of the perfections of Scripture, “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever” (v. 9). “The fear of the Lord” is an unusual title for Scripture and quite frankly, not one we would expect. But David isn’t referring to what […]
Today, we conclude our series on The Perfections of Scripture by looking at one final characteristic of Scripture found in Psalm 19:9, “The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.” At first glance, “the judgments of the LORD” seems to be an odd description for the nature of Scripture. The Hebrew word […]
In 1996, I had the opportunity to travel to India. The most indelible memory of that trip was a visit to the Temple of Kali, one of the chief gods in Hinduism. As I exited the temple and walked into the adjoining courtyard, suddenly a couple came in with the intent of cursing one of […]
As we continue to work through Hebrews 10, the author informs us why Jesus’ sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice, and he does so by contrasting it with the sacrifice that was made on the annual Day of Atonement (Lev. 16). For the nation of Israel, the Day of Atonement was the day when the people’s […]
The sacrifices in the Old Testament were like a shadow and were never considered to be the literal image or icon. By way of illustration, your shadow isn’t really you. Instead, it is a vague outline of your human body. In the same way, the sacrificial system in the Old Testament was a shadow not […]
In the Old Testament there was no real relationship between a person’s sin and the animal that was sacrificed—it was only symbolic. The Old Testament believer’s faith was not to be in the death of an animal, but in God who would one day provide a sacrifice that would forever deal with sin. How, then, […]
God intended for the sacrifice of His Son to perfectly fulfill and replace the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. In Hebrews 10, the author demonstrates that Jesus’ death on the cross fulfills those very sacrifices as the perfect substitute. Because our sin calls for death and God’s justice must be satisfied, someone must die. […]