Man’s Natural Tendency

Psalm 14;2

The world’s false religions are fallen man’s attempts to escape the true God – not to seek Him.  Man’s natural tendency is to seek his own interests (Philippians 2:21), but his only hope is for God to seek him (John 6:37,44).  It is only as a result of God’s work in the heart that anyone seeks Him (Psalm 16:8; Matthew 6:33).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:11.

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To Warn and Protect

Jude 17-18

The apostles had warned the coming generation about apostates, so that they would be prepared and not be taken by surprise.  God’s Word is designed to warn and protect; as verse 18 indicates, there had been continually repeated warnings.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Jude 17.

Gracious and purifying

Colossians 4;6

To speak with grace is to speak what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive, purposeful, complimentary, gentle, truthful, loving, and thoughtful.  Just as salt not only flavors, but prevents corruption, the Christian’s speech should act not only as a blessing to others, but as a purifying influence within the decaying society of the world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 4:6.

Courageous Persistence

Colossians 4;2

The Greek word for continuing earnestly means “to be courageously persistent” or “to hold fast and not let go” and refers here to persistent prayer (Acts 1:14; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).  Being vigilant in its most general sense means to stay awake while praying.  But Paul has in mind the broader implication of staying alert for specific needs about which to pray, rather than being vague and unfocused.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 4:2.