Adam’s sin brought universal death – exactly opposite the result he expected and Satan had promised: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). Christ’s sacrifice brought salvation to those who believe Him. Unlike Adam’s act, Christ’s act has – and will – accomplish exactly what He intended (Philippians 1:6), i.e., spiritual life (Ephesians 2:5).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 5:17.
This refers to the way leading the redeemed back to Jerusalem, the throne of Messiah, literally and spiritually. Christ Himself is to be the leader on that way, called in Isaiah 40:3, the “way of the Lord.”
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 35:8.
Unbelievers will not be drawn to accept Christ if believers’ lives do not demonstrate the qualities God desires, including peace and holiness.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 12:14.
“but in lowliness of mind
let each esteem others better than himself.”
The basic definition of true humility.
Christ is the ultimate example of selfless humility.
Let us follow Him.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible.
What makes an effective servant of Christ is not natural abilities, creativity, or human initiative, but total dependence on Him for both direction and adequacy. God uses those who are weak, humble, submissive, and obedient so that He alone gets the glory.
Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 1, 2018.
Believers can be content in every situation because of this promise. Five negatives are utilized in this statement to emphasize the impossibility of Christ deserting believers. It is like saying “there is absolutely no way whatsoever that I will ever, ever leave you.”
Commentary from the John MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 13:5.
Keep honoring God in your conduct and words; though many will turn against you and your message, some may turn to Christ.
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT, October 15. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.
The old covenant was a covenant of law between God and Israel. The new and better way is the covenant of grace – Christ’s offer to forgive our sins and bring us to God through His sacrificial death.