Reconciled by Christ – Ephesians 2:11–22

Read the Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22 Enmity in the Flesh (2:11–13) In this letter Paul is encouraging the church, exhorting spiritual growth, and fostering Christian community—all by reminding the believers in […]

Saved by Grace – Ephesians 2:1–10

Read the Passage: Ephesians 2:1-10 The Need of Salvation (2:1–3) In Eph. 1:3–14 Paul wrote about several themes relating to salvation as he addressed predestination, adoption, redemption, and sealing by […]

Paul’s Prayer – Ephesians 1:15–23

Read the Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23 Declaration (1:15–16) This passage contains the first of two prayers that Paul gives in the book of Ephesians, the other being at Eph. 3:14–21. Initially, […]

Greetings and Admonitions – Romans 16

Read the Passage: Romans 16 Roman Saints (16:1–16) Sometimes believers are tempted to skip reading lists of names in the Bible, such as the lengthy genealogies and the greetings that […]

Neighbor Love – Romans 15

Read the Passage: Romans 15 Paul’s Exhortation (15:1–13) Earlier, in Romans 14 Paul addressed the issue of Christian liberty, as he primarily wrote to those known as stronger brothers—that is, […]

Liberty, Love, and Faith – Romans 14

Read the Passage: Romans 14 Christian Liberty (14:1–13) Since sanctification is a process, oftentimes new believers do not grasp the implication of the gospel for their lives. Indeed, many new […]

Christians and Government – Romans 13

Read the Passage: Romans 13 Submit to Authority (13:1–7) In Rom. 12:17–21 Paul instructed the Roman believers about their duties toward their enemies, as he wrote that they were to […]

The Christian Life – Romans 12

Read the Passage: Romans 12 Living Sacrifices (12:1–2) Paul’s pattern in all of his epistles is to begin by teaching theology and conclude by covering ethics. Indeed, this structure is […]

Israel and Salvation – Romans 11

Read the Passage: Romans 11 God’s Remnant (11:1–10) In Romans 9, Paul expressed his personal desire to see ethnic Israel saved, he showed that the present apostasy of Israel was […]