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God Deals With Us According to Christ

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the...

We Were Children of Wrath

“in which you once walked according to the [a]course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the...

The Modern Challenge to the Doctrine of Justification

Defending Doctrine In the twenty-first century, there are many challenges to the doctrine of justification. In one sense, I envy the sixteenth century Reformers—John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Luther—because as challenging as it was to defend justification in...

Death to Life

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV) You were dead. The Greek word dead (nekrous) literally means ‘corpse’ or ‘dead body’. Paul is reminding the church of Ephesus they were powerless, trapped in their trespasses and sins....

How to Pray When You’re Struggling to Understand the Bible

Prayer Changes Our Study Prayer is the means by which we implore the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our study time. Without prayer, our study is nothing but an intellectual pursuit. With prayer, it is a means of communing with the Lord. Prayer is what changes our...

Reflections on John 15

John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” The world promises pleasure; it knows it cannot sustain the thirst within. So it continually offers new, fresh trinkets, ideas, pleasures, anything, and...
We Were Children of Wrath

We Were Children of Wrath

“in which you once walked according to the [a]course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the...

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Death to Life

Death to Life

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV) You were dead. The Greek word dead (nekrous) literally means ‘corpse’ or ‘dead body’. Paul is reminding the church of Ephesus they were powerless, trapped in their trespasses and sins....

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The Exaltation of Christ

The Exaltation of Christ

Ephesians 1:21, “Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” What is the most powerful force or person apart from the Lord God Himself that comes immediately to mind?...

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The Pollution of Man

The Pollution of Man

Since the Fall of Man, each person has been born with a sin nature. By the sin of Adam, all men were made sinners (Romans 5:19). We were created to worship and serve God, yet that has been tainted and perverted. Instead of worshipping God we worship ourselves; instead...

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