Romans 8: Living in the Spirit

Romans 8: Living in the Spirit

The Holy Spirit is key to living the Christian life. Whereas in the old covenant He externally empowered people to accomplish His work, He now indwells us and sanctifies us. Even though we may struggle with sin, the Holy Spirit is conforming us more and more to the...
Romans 8: Living in the Spirit

Romans 5: Reconciliation with God

Paul often begins his epistles with the phrase “grace and peace to you” (see 1 Corinthians 1:3). While we may be tempted to skim over these greetings, they reveal an important concept: The grace of God brings about peace with God—apart from His gracious work, we...
The Humility of Fearing God

The Humility of Fearing God

Before we understand wisdom, we must cultivate a character that is receptive to wisdom. After all, if our heart does not long for wisdom, we will not truly seek after it or listen to it. The foundational characteristic we need is humility. As we approach God, we need...
Acts 15: How Are We Saved?

Acts 15: How Are We Saved?

A radical transformation takes place in Acts 15. Because so many Gentiles began converting to Christianity, new issues arose in the church. After all, the earliest Christians were Jewish, worshiping in the synagogues and keeping the Mosaic Law. This raised a crucial...