The Magnificat records Mary's response to all that God revealed to her about the child she would bear - a response that drew from all that she had learned about God and how he dealt with his people. Mary's song continues to teach us about the kingdom of God and the Savior she celebrated with reverence, humility, and eagerness to see the promises of God fulfilled.
According to a familiar Christmas carol, Jesus was "born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth." The prologue to John's gospel introduces us to this mystery: that God became man so that the sons of men could become children of God.
The transforming work of the Gospel shapes our hearts and minds. When applied to both the mundane and profound details of our lives, it should cause us to be different from unbelievers around us. But what does this look like practically? How do these distinctions show themselves each day in our families, work, and local churches?
Alistair Begg paints the picture of a grace-shaped life in his study from Romans 12. Through Paul’s letter to the first-century church, we see practical actions and attributes that should mark the life of every Christian, no matter the circumstance.
What does true devotion look like? In Mark 12:39-44, Jesus contrasts the ostentatious religious life of the scribes with the humble gift of an anonymous widow, and we learn that devotion to God is not measured by outward appearances, but by sacrifice.
In Galatians 3:10-4:7, we see that even obeying God's Law perfectly can bring us no closer to Him than being slaves. How then can we gain a better standing with God? Because the Lord Jesus fulfilled the Law on our behalf, in Him we are no longer slaves but sons, adopted into God's own family.