1 John 2:1-6 “Obedience to Your Savior”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in

One of the great purposes of John’s letter is that this troubled church obey Christ’s commandments (cf. 1 John 1:4; 5:13), a great calling for Christians.  John reassures them that their regard for Christ’s law was further proof that they know Him.  They weren’t to expect perfect obedience (cf. 1 John 1:6,8,10) but a sincere […]

1 John 1:5-10 “Living in the Truth”

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in

John is especially concerned that his audience, which has been battered by false teaching, walks in truth and light.  Whereas many assume that this is all about obedience to the Law, John clarifies that this is, first and foremost, about confessing one’s sins in faith and receiving the blessing of forgiveness.  The wonderful news is […]

John is especially concerned that his audience, which has been battered by false teaching, walks in truth and light.  Whereas many assume that this is all about obedience to the…

1 John 1:1-4 “Your Trustworthy Guide to Fellowship with God”

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in

John’s audience is in a dangerous situation.  They are being confronted with false teachers, “antichrists,” who are trying to lead them astray.  John begins his letter by reassuring them that he and the other Apostles are trustworthy messengers.  They were with Christ, the Word of Life, from the beginning of His public ministry and have […]

Psalm 46 “God is Our Refuge”

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in
Psalm 46 “God is Our Refuge”

Book two of the Book of Psalms opens with a series connected with the Sons of Korah (Pss 42-49), a priestly family who experienced great suffering (Pss 42-44) and whose ancestor was a notorious rebel (Num. 16; Jude 11).  Unlike many in our day, these trials didn’t provoke doubt, but the Sons of Korah took […]

Psalm 32 “Blessed are the Forgiven”

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in
Psalm 32 “Blessed are the Forgiven”

Rather than directing us toward Christ by his typological righteousness (as is the case in Pss 1-24), David is here shown to be a sinner needing forgiveness.  He recounts how he experienced God’s fatherly displeasure.  This was because he was consciously harboring sins.  But after confessing them in faith and being renewed in his justification, […]

Psalm 23 “Our Shepherd in the Wilderness”

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in
Psalm 23 “Our Shepherd in the Wilderness”

The King describes his relationship with God in terms of the wilderness wandering (Ps. 78).  God is his Shepherd, who is leading on a journey into His holy presence.  But it isn’t until Jesus came that we found a sheep that was perfectly submissive to his Shepherd’s staff while living in this Fallen wilderness.  We […]

Psalm 22 “A Song of Christ’s Suffering”

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in
Psalm 22 “A Song of Christ’s Suffering”

David’s laments fill Book 1 of the Psalter (Psalms 1-41), and this is one such psalm.  David expresses spiritual disorientation: he’s been innocent and faithful, but he’s experiencing suffering and pain, even God’s wrath.  Therefore, he cries out to God for deliverance.  He knows that, one day, he will be delivered and both Jew and […]

Psalm 19 “The Blessed Law”

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in
Psalm 19 “The Blessed Law”

This is the second of three Torah Psalms (Psalms 1 & 119 are the others).  In it, King David extols the beauties of God’s old covenant (the law) – it’s speaks a word that’s more magnificent than that of creation!  By keeping the old covenant – it’s commandments, precepts, statutes, etc. – David expects to […]

Psalm 2 “The Blessed Refuge”

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 in
Psalm 2 “The Blessed Refuge”

This is the second Psalm of the preface.  In it, four speakers (the nations, God, God’s King, and the narrator) give us a glimpse of the spiritual battle that has raged since the Fall.  The nations hate God and His King but are terrified once God’s King is enthroned upon Zion.  From that cosmic mountain, […]

Psalm 1 “The Blessed Man”

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in

The Book of Psalms opens by setting forth two paths, one leading to abundant, prosperous life and another leading to death.  The Blessed Man walks the former by delighting in God’s Law.  The Man of whom this Psalm speaks is not any old person, though; it’s about a King (Joshua 1:8, cf. Deut. 17:18-20; Psalm […]